805 posts • joined 3 Jun 2008
"Apple SIMs ship pre-installed in the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 but can be removed with a tool that comes with each device."
Apple's way of gently introducing the software SIM.
Next generation they will announce that 90% of users didn't bother to change the SIM ("oh, the tool was that plastic thing I left in the box which I later threw away ?") and would "prefer the convenience" of a software SIM.
This is a bit like chipped batteries and refills.
Panasonic (Lumix) and the inkjet manufacturers started this kind of nonsense, fed up with people buying cheap substitutes for overpriced replacement batteries and refills.
Rather than penalise consumers for doing what retailers lead them to do (i.e. look for the apparent best buy) the manufacturers should have gone after the makers of fake refills and batteries using trademark and IP law.
But of course that takes time and money.
Re: The simple way to avoid this.. @Beau
"Well, in Belgium it is all ready illegal to sell a locked phone!............."
I thought that. My bro lives there. But was corrected when I asserted it on this forum some months ago.
Be interesting to know whether Belgium still stands up to the telco bullies -- I gather its other consumer protection laws are pretty feeble.
Do some phones and tablets lock to first provider ?
My impression from complaints about Samsung Note (?) was that it and iPhones could lock to the first provider whose SIM was inserted. This applies to other devices advertised as SIM-free rather than unlocked.
In effect, does the Apple virtual SIM slightly undo that problem ?
Been there, done that -- in the 1970s.
Back when I had more money than sense the hifi industry came up with a way of selling twice as many speakers and amplifiers and the record companies hoped we would all buy duplicates of existing albums -- in Quadraphonic Stereo !!!
In reality, having three competing systems; SQ (Sony, Columbia, EMI) QS (Sansui, ABC Records) and CD4 (Panasonic, WEA) was guaranteed to be self defeating. And the results were gimmicky, distracting and technically far from perfect, sometimes with added record surface noise and unintended phasing effects.
It was a relief to return to regular two-speaker stereo. While I am sure that modern multi-channel systems are much better, the added wiring and hardware issues remain.
Re: Vendor lock in
A very good point.
In past if phone broke or battery failed, you could swap the SIM into your old phone and you'd be back in business instantly. Apple have systematically sabotaged that option by (in my view otherwise pointlessly) changing the SIM's format.
The couple were criticised for selling the cat on grounds that new owners would cause it stress.
Cats actually value their territory more than any people who happen to be in it.
Witness the disorientation and instinct to hide of a cat moved to a new home -- as would have happened if the couple had sold the house and moved with cat to new home.
They just don't get it ?
From a grumpy consumer's viewpoint, none of these telcos quite understand that some (many?) don't want;
1) Bundled TV
2) Bundled sport
3) Thousands of "free" texts (how many can normal people send in one month ?)
4) "Free" cinema tickets
5) Subsidised (locked) phones.
6) 24 month contracts
4) Anything else bundled that obfuscates pricing while, presumably, raising the cost of provision.
While I welcome a price war within this otherwise cosy cartel. let's have a war about prices, not add-ons.
Re: Never a good idea..... @ PeterM42
In many large companies it's normal to spend time selling at the coalface before being considered for advancing on the exec ladder. Usually it's essential if a company is not to produce only what the engineers deem fit and the bean counters will countenance..
That works in normal competitive markets, but one has to wonder when Microsoft is/was such a blatant monopoly. Typical of monopoly thinking was the purchase and gutting of Nokia in order to force a previously unwanted phone technology onto the market.
As for wrecking the Windows cash-cow in order to barge into the tablet market, predictably a disaster.
Telcos a nasty cartel.
The sort of plain dishonesty and contempt for user displayed by these telcos should be dealt with by jailing the directors for fraud. Fines are just a levy on shareholders and barely touch the perpetrators.
I'm still furious that T-Mob raised PAYG text price by 20% when the actual cost of a text is so miniscule it apparently cannot be calculated.
TV as background
How crap does a telly program have to be that viewers are listening to music while it's on.
Of course these could be the kind who just have the set on as company.
If Facebook just dumped all the accounts in pets' names they'd lose a fair percentage of users.
Don't know why they chose to focus on a sexual lifestyle when, presumably, there are actual fraudsters out there.
Re: What about Windows 9? @Steven Raith
According to Wiki, Aston Martin named their car the DB9 instead of DB8 in case it seemed it was only available with a V8 -- and as they felt the 9 indicated that it was not an evolution from the 7 but a new design.
Re: What about Windows 9?
What about Aston Martin DB8 ? Went straight from DB7 to DB9.
Perhaps to avoid a model which became known as the "Deviate" and jokes from Clarkson if it ran wide on corners.
Someone tell Sainsbury's
........ "significant fraction of the big drink was created more than 4.5 billion years ago".
Yet they still put sell-by dates on bottled water.
Re: have an upvote
Add the unfairly neglected Spanish composers -- Falla, Albeniz, Rodrigo, Turina, Granados.
You can keep yer streaming nonsense. I realised long ago (circa the first Walkman in 1980 ?) that I didn't really need music on the go. It was fun for a few minutes but soon I didn't even notice it. And with ambient noise on the street in London or on public transport, impossible without damaging my hearing.
So, though I have all the necessary gear to rip even vinyl to MP3, I generally listen via CD at home with minimum distractions. As used CDs have recently sold for between 50p and £2, my collection has swelled greatly.
Supplies are inevitably drying up so I suspect that once the penny drops that CD offers convenience and quality, they may become more sought-after than vinyl.
Re: Do they even have Russian market share?
Information is the enemy of oppression.
Though China has thriving social networks, on an educational trip there my young relative did a thriving trade in showing local students how to set up a VPN and access Facebook.
Price is a problem.
BB could (judging by the sheer quantity of comments here) have a hit on their hands. But the price has to be closer to £400 to compete with the likes of the HTC One.
Though I would never spend even that kind of money, have to say it ticks the right boxes -- a big screen and a physical keyboard.
The guy's a nightmare.
This is as stupid as Coca Cola firing as exec spotted buying a Pepsi.
I think the shine went off that one when those with contactless credit cards found money being accidentally taken by Oyster card machines at tube stations.
Friend then had struggle getting refund, bank swapped new card for old style version.
Like PayQwiq but Qwiqer.
Walk in, get stuff, hand over cash, get change, get out.
Incidentally, has anyone else spotted that Sainsbury's new self-serve machines are slower than the old models. Have to touch screen to pay and then it sits there and thinks before spitting out change.
Old machines realised you'd finished when you stuck in money.
At least the new machines calculate any two-fer-one type discounts before calculating total. Old machines would display full price total, only deducting discount once you'd paid. Always wondered what would happen if you only had the correct money.
Looking on the bright side...
Where EE already has a branch, that will be one less phone shop on the high street. Now, if we can just get rid of betting shops and estate agents, our shopping streets will be relatively scum-free, making space for something more useful.
Don't fall into those pre-defined roles.
You do, but you just don't know it.
Seriously though, these primitive (but needlessly complex) ways of expressing target audience are the domain of marketing graduate product managers whose powerpoint-think is the bane of life for ad agencies.
Granted, the visual mnemonic fingers for phones 4 U memorably summarises both the name and the chav target, but by and large creative pros in agencies ignore all "research" and follow their instincts.
"If I could buy W7 at a reasonable price, say $100-$150, and install it on my XP system without losing anything, and without having to find and re-install all those convenient programs that I've accumulated over the past 6 years, I would seriously consider it."
One problem with this idea as applied to Windows is that your existing install is already so corrupted or stuffed with cruft that a reformat and reinstall is the best upgrade you can make (even if you only reinstall the existing version of Windows).
As long as handset retail is dominated by the telco cartel you won't see dual-sim phones in UK. After all, how would that serve the telco's interests ?
Asset stripping business as usual.
My understanding from the financial pages. P4U bought at distress price by private equity chaps who cut costs and flogged off assets just enough to attract bond buyers. Bond was used to pay pe chaps, leaving the business too weak to withstand debt burden, price cuts and inevitable drift of telcos towards direct sales. Each supplier pullout made P4U less viable. Bond holders and staff lose everything, customers lose choice, pe chaps lol.
No different to the 1970s "unacceptable face of capitalism" or buy-to-let property predators of today.
For what it's worth, my experiences of P4U and Craphone Whorehouse were no worse than telco shops -- in fact the latter was as helpful as local Voda.
Solution or problem ?
"...............the Apple Watch, a $349 problem looking for a solution."
Surely the author meant "a solution looking for a problem" ?
Little of worth on TV.
Less that's worth the licence fee. As for commercial TV -- the ad breaks grow, the ads grow in idiocy.
Seems that TV was a 20th century phenomenon, killed off by greed and stupidity.
Swiss watches weren't sunk by;
a) Japanese (Seiko, Citizen, Casio).
b) Trendy plastic watches. Swatches actually made in Switzerland.
c) Digital watches.
d) Electronic analogue-face watches.
e) People who don't wear a watch because their phone has a clock.
If anything, the appearance of electronics has upped the prestige of mechanical watches -- allowing the Swiss to charge premium prices.
Political Correctness Gone Mad (again) !
Surely the point of a password is that no-one sees it apart from its creator.
Or is this to spare the blushes of Virgin's staff if they pry on customers' accounts ?
Who remembers the Rabbit phone (from, I think, Hutchison Telecom) ? A glorified cordless phone with base stations at bus stops, high street shops, as well as at home.
Never caught on as cellular mobile became omnipresent (at least in urban areas).
The real issues.
The issues in UK housing are fairly obvious.
Internal North to South migration due to lack of regional economic development. Weakly controlled immigration from outside EU, uncontrolled immigration from within EU. Selling off stock by social housing providers, both Councils and Housing Associations -- sales often end up in the hands of commercial landlords.
Permitting buy to let mortgages in a generally poor economy that makes property a better investment than productive, job creating, businesses. Tenants (and landlords) are ripped off by predatory letting agents. Landlords are often leaseholders and are ripped off by predatory freeholders. Result; even higher housing costs.
Rent control has one particular benefit (aside from reducing rent inflation and improving security of tenure) -- it forces less efficient or greedier landlords to sell off their portfolios, creating opportunities for first time owner-occupiers.
In London there are several tenant rights groups (notably in Camden and Brent and the national Generation Rent). If you want things to change, join one.
Re: Data is born free but is everywhere in chains. @ Kraggy
I think it fair to point out that the examples I gave are to do with products that the customer has already paid for. Firmware updates are, for example, often made available to fix manufacturers' screwups.
Data is born free but is everywhere in chains.
I vowed never to buy a Plextor CD writer after finding that firmware updates were apparently only available to those who who had registered the warranty. Useless as I'd bought secondhand.
A privately authored net page showing how to renew the drive and laser in an expensive Arcam hifi CD player for £10 instead of the £200 (obviously including labour) charged by the manufacturer was marred by finding a link to a service manual pdf had been severed. Perhaps copyright issues, but bloody-minded nevertheless.
Fortunately, these are rare exceptions to the well-intended (if not always perfect) web support offered by other large and small manufacturers the world over.
Re: still deleting posts over at EE's online community @macladd
I'd forgotten about the EE user forum. I had joined the T Mobile one but they merged this with the Orange one and dumped all the users. I can't remember whether I could be bothered to rejoin the resulting EE forum, which shows how useful the T Mob forum had been.
Like many such, was full of know-alls competing to win points (I think, to get discounts). So posts tended to be either "this company sucks" or bland pro-company replies from moderators and points-seeking stooges. I doubt if the company took any notice of forum comments.
Public platforms such as Fbook and Twit are more effective at pressuring errant companies.
Re: Billing issues. @ Thomas 6
Precisely. That's why I regarded their response as fair.
In fact a nagging issue was caused by something that was never identified (their suggestion was a glitch in Picture Messaging). Solution provided by phone shop was, if one has problems with random billing, switch off Data or x out Access Point Names.
Last year EE got into serious trouble with customers over PAYG balances and there was a firestorm of criticism on Facebook. In their defence it was sorted out fairly soon after. I've had various other issues with T Mobile (aka EE) making apparently random deductions, usually to do with apps updating unasked and once with an accidental dial (thanks touchscreen). In all cases the company has responded to online complaints or letters and, I think, quite fairly.
I do deplore that EE have no e-mail complaints procedure and charge for calls to customer support. The telcos are a cartel and their charges need to made more transparent and seriously curbed.
Red Screen of Death.
We laughed at the Nazis.
What are ISIS if not fascists ? Young Muslims here need reminding that joining Oswald Mosley's blackshirts in the 1930s didn't work out so well either.
Big and not clever.
Word for Windows (version 2 or whatever) did the job. Since then the program has multiplied in size. Doubtless, lazy coding and adding stupid features -- I get angry when Word starts capitalising words or creating bullet points, unasked.
When I first started computing, Superwriter supplied free with the Apricot would run from a floppy disk with room left for documents. In fact, I ran it from a virtual disk, so it started instantly. Word now comes on a DVD ??
Oh and Word versions recently started saving .doc files as .docx just to madden us further. Hopefully, the subscription sales model will kill it off.
Re: This is why @ William Boyle
Well said, I'm afraid.
Once tried updating XP on line and it took hours and eventually timed out. Adding patches from CD less problematic but (as I recall) main result was XP slowed down and networking had added faffing thanks to changes to whether firewall needed to be on or off for new connections. Oh, USB2 worked after update. That's all.
Wouldn't work here.
At least not with my friends. Having heard me bleating about T Mob issues, aren't likely to suddenly accept my recommendation to join T Mob.
ISIS -- a Manson gang for our times.
The Woodstock ethic worked when it was middle class kids dropping acid and dressing like dropouts. Once deluded people like Charlie picked up on it things got nasty.
In Europe there's been a fairly harmless fad for teenage Muslim girls to adopt headscarves, but when cretins like the one in the video pick up on Islamist ideas things inevitably turn deadly.
Doorbells @Ho Ho Hipster
Mail order deliveries are a nightmare in London -- companies don't seem to train drivers to realise that (for example) 123a Example Road is usually NOT next to 123 Example Road but may be round the back or above. This has even led to lost utility bills via TNT's regular postal "service" where you'd think the mailman would have discovered this through familiarity with his patch.
As for phoning -- just seems logical to include a phone number on delivery instructions and hopefully with better tracking technology the companies should be able to phone and give an estimate of when a delivery is scheduled (instead of expecting one to wait in all day).
Meanwhile local shopping centre has Amazon lockers and I gather other brands are being installed at Post Office branches.
More people will boycott Electoral Register.
In urban areas with properties split into several flats or (worse) bedsits, electoral registration is already hit and miss. Here we have disconnected doorbells because the bona fide vistors always call on mobile when they arrive.
Quite possibly the majority of occupants from overseas don't even think they qualify to vote -- and, apparently, some UK-born flat dwellers think they aren't entitled because of their short occupancy.
The outcome is that as a tenants' interests are under-represented politically, especially as so many MPs are, themselves, private landlords.
Pop goes Samsung's glossy image.
While subcontracting repairs is common enough, it doesn't seem to quite mesh with the global size and big-budget advertising of a company like Samsung.
But these companies aren't all that interested once they have your money and, presumably, the margins they allowed the repair firm didn't contribute much to its financial viability.
Where the product has been returned via a retailer, the responsibility lies with the retailer -- they should retrieve and repair or replace your property and try to reclaim any cost from Samsung using future orders as leverage.
Maybe Chrome won't be installed unasked either.
Astonished that an update to a trusted program like Avast tried to thrust the Chrome browser onto my PC unasked.
Normally I wouldn't object as I have used and liked Chrome in the past but, with recent revelations about its memory footprint and battery thirst, not so welcome.
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