17 posts • joined Monday 17th March 2008 18:35 GMT
Re: Surely Fire Sales Are Always Limited?
"We shouldn't be wasting our hard earned tax wonga on this nonsense."
We don't. The ASA is funded through a voluntary levy on advertising spend. The levy is paid by many advertisers and agencies, largely because the existence of the ASA prevents the government from imposing a regulator that would do more than ban adverts and publicly shame non compliant advertisers.
That said, the ASA is very good at acting on a single complaint and recently ruled that many of the claims on the Society of Homeopaths website were utter bobbins, a fact which was picked up and reported on by the mainstream media.
Non-compliance can also lead to no mainstream media outlet touching your ads so they are not quite as toothless as some may claim.
Re: A good opportunity to sell stock at cost and look big'n'caring
Google Nexus 4 16GB - £279. iPhone 5 16GB £529.
Thanks for playing though.
Re: World War Z
Destroying the brain may be struggle.
Re: This time I feel sorry for Microsoft
"OneDrive (to bait Sky One and BBC One)" - Canonical has a similar product called Ubuntu One.
"StratoDrive (sounds powerful)" German hosting firm and Deutsche Telekom subsidiary STRATO AG has a similar product called HiDrive.
Re: Microsoft, NSA and Brazil
For goodness sake give it a rest.
@ Anonymouse Coward
Have you been on the roads recently? Tests and licensing in no way prevent idiots from getting access to deadly machines and proceeding to act like feckless morons with them, be those guns or cars.
Re: @Gordon Lawrie, Three's products
I take your point regarding some websites not having mobile versions, however that doesn't change the fact that broadly speaking the usage patterns of someone who wishes to tether will vary from those of someone who only consumes data browsing on their phone. There may be the odd anomaly such as the example you gave however I am willing to bet that averaged across the entire customer base data use is going to be significantly higher amongst those customers who tether.
Three deserves kudos for leading the market in abandoning sneaky fair use policies on their data products and as long as they continue to be honest and upfront about the limitations I don't see a problem with them differentiating their tariff features.
Re: Three's products
This isn't actually unreasonable. Three have simply decided to have two different types of unlimited data tariff, one solely for use on a single mobile device, and one which can be shared across multiple devices. Both allow you to use as much data as you want without caps or threats of extra charges. Let's face it, someone loading the full fat version of a webpage on a tethered laptop uses data than someone loading the mobile version of the same site on their phone.
A reasonable analogy is an all you can eat buffet. Whilst you are free to eat as much food as you want, you would expect the restaurant to charge more if you decided you wanted to share a plate with a buddy or take a doggy bag home.
The mobile spectrum is a shared resource and Three has decided that they want more revenue from users who are likely to have heavier data usage patterns than other users. That's fine, and as long as they are upfront and honest about the differences between the two products that is totally their prerogative. Equally if you are not happy with the terms and conditions or price of their products it is your prerogative to take your business elsewhere.
Re: @Gordon Lawrie
You would think... but no. My credit "score" is north of 950 (out of a possible 1000.) 750 is the UK average. Credit card companies care about one thing, making money. They do this not only through interest charges but also via the discount rate they charge merchants for accepting the card. Not all cards cost the same to accept either, costs differ both across brands and the type of card.
Generally the more "prestigious" the card and the more perks it offers the holder the more the merchant pays to accept it. Of course merchants generally are not allowed to say that they will take a basic Mastercard but not the Super-Globo-Deluxe Airmiles Titanium Mastercard so all that happens is that the cost gets built into the goods, allowing those who pay by cash or debit card to subsidise credit card users.
The end result is that the credit card company still makes a profit off of my account so are still happy to have me as a customer, albeit probably not as happy as if I had incurred extra charges. The answer to not missing a payment is to set up a direct debit for the minimum. On something like a phone purchase that's only going to be about £5, that way even if you forget to do it manually you're not going to get stung.
Re: Yuck, 2 year contracts
It's actually remarkably easy, and in fact in many cases can be significantly cheaper than a standard loan. Simply apply for one of the many credit cards offering 12+ months interest free on purchases, buy your device, set up a direct debit to pay enough each month to clear it before the interest free period is done and at the end cancel the card so you can apply again to that company as a new customer a year or so later. If you want to be really clever you could engage in a wee bit of arbitrage by just paying the minimum each month and shoveling the rest into an interest bearing savings account until it's time to clear the card.
I have not only done this with phones, but with PCs and even my car. It's the cheapest finance you will ever get.
At one point all of UKTV's channels started with the prefix "UK".
G.O.L.D. used to be called UK Gold. It had a sister channel which was called UK Gold 2 which showed different content. Eventually UK Gold was renamed to just G.O.L.D. and UK Gold 2 was renamed to Dave.
I tried this earlier...
...and was able to make a voice call and a video call to my mobile, all be it after watching a stupid advert for Silverjet. That said, now when I try again it just tells me that it launches April 1st.
Looks like you're going to get 15 minutes to a landline, 2 minutes to a mobile and 1 minute of video calling per ad, and it does look like it's real.
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