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DoJ could start Apple ebook price-fixing lawsuit this week

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"Under the wholesale model, Amazon was selling ebooks at knockdown prices, sometimes not even at a profit, in order to entice customers to buy its Kindle ereaders."

Why didn't this warrant an anti-trust investigation as well? Surely this is blatant misuse of their, then, monopoly on the online book market?

I'm not saying it's the same as the alleged price-fixing, but surely it's much the same as forcing Internet Explorer to be present on all installations of Windows isn't it?

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I think it would be 10% of Apple's turnover from the eBook market, not from their entire profit. I seem to remember that wasn't a very large part of their quarterly earnings report.

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Dream:ON iPhone app-maker seeks sleepy fanbois for testing

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mattress type

there was another of these sleep monitoring apps. it would monitor your sleeping and adjust your alarm time so that it wouldn't interrupt you in the middle of REM sleep and so ensure you woke up refreshed rather than groggy. But it only works on standard mattresses. These funky and comfy memory foam mattresses that are all the rage these days dampen and absorb your movement, so the phone can't monitor your sleep patterns. I imagine this app will also fall foul.

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iPad to reign unchallenged as KING of FONDLESLABS

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Re: Which is it?

the answer, of course, is that no one has a clue. but everyone knows that you'll get plenty of click-through rates if you write articles about it and analysts will continue to get paid if they make predictions that are sufficiently far into the future (i.e. more than 6 months) that no one will remember what they said they the time arrives.

Who loses? Us poor mugs that read this gumpf in the misguided hope that we might glean some useful information from it.

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DARPA boffins seek Terminator-style disaster-zone rescue robot

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Terminator

There's no fate but what we make for ourselves

I, for one, etc etc

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Lenovo readies Yoga Ultrabook-cum-tablet for Blighty

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Re: why?

1.5kg is not going to be a comfortable way to read magazines and e-books, good luck with that.

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why?

Why would you want an ultrabook to act like a tablet?

Or a tablet to be able to act like an ultrabook?

I don't see those two form factors appealing to the same demographic. Surely it's a one or the other type of deal?

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Apple flooded with iPad 3 wireless connection complaints

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Re: not an issue for me

64gb wifi+4g3g here - also no problems that i've found when compared to my old iPad

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The iPad 3 would make me so horny...

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problem with magazines on tablets

the problem, then, is that these digital magazines are trying to cash in on the lucrative tablet user market, without putting any effort into their apps.

I've downloaded a few issues of Edge and guess what, they look rubbish on the old iPad too. Pages are forced to the same size and shape as the printed magazine. You have to zoom in on the text anyway to be able to read it. And then have to scroll around. It doesn't remember which page i was reading before. They include the contents page, but i can't tap on the article descriptions to get to them.

In short, these magazines are not better than a pdf scan. And for that, why bother paying for them, why not just torrent them?

If the publishers are serious about this new medium for their product, they should put some effort into leveraging the strengths of the medium, instead of just giving us a carbon copy of the printed version.

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PLASMA GERM BLASTER GUN invented for cleaning skin

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awesome

When can I get one for my kitchen??

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RIM should focus on BBM, find a human CEO

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hardware social network?

I'm not sure how the idea of a hardware based social network would work?

I use facebook and occasionally twitter because I can get the client apps on my phone. If I change phone, I'll re-install the apps. But I'm not so bothered about being on a social network that I'll go out and buy a piece of hardware specifically. And even more so if that hardware doesn't provide any other functionality.

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Fans fly to forums to signal iPad 3 Wi-Fi woes

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no issues noticed on mine

i've got a 4G 3G + Wifi model here in the uk and haven't noticed any problem with the wifi signal.

so i guess perhaps it's just a bad batch in the production line?

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iPad app that lets mute kids speak menaced by patent lawsuit

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something like FRAND but for medical or assistive inventions?

There should be something like FRAND then, whereby an invention that is so obviously of benefit to unfortunate, disabled and kids, should be forced to be licensed at very reasonable rates. Something like this is for the greater good of the species*, surely, not just to line some one's wallet with cash. Instead of being able to shut down the company making the iPad software, they should at least be able to license it at a reasonable level.

Am sure they'll sell 50 of these apps for every one of the hardware that gets sold. So a 5% license fee would provide them the same income.

*Darwinian views of survival of the fittest and most eloquent aside....

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Foxconn staffer lets slip iPhone 5 ship date

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correlation?

does it really correlate with the predictions from February? or is it not more likely that he's gotten the June date from those analysts' random guesses predictions

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Sugar content now to be measured in Cadbury Creme Eggs

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suddenly struck by a desire to nip out and buy a couple of Creme Eggs

I'm sorry to say, Lester, but you are obviously something of an amateur when it comes to cream egg eating.

Some of us have been eating the 2012 batch of cream eggs since they appeared in shops, at the start of the year. And during the last 30 days or so my consumption has only increased. If there's less than 6 eggs in the fridge, then I need to go and stock up - you can never tell when you might need to accompany a cuppa tea with a cream egg, and it's a terrible thing to be caught short unexpectedly.

Cream eggs are for life, not just for Easter.....

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Yes, Prime Minister to return after 24 years

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"Naturally some aspects will need to be refreshed"

I guess that is where the fear that this won't do well comes from.

Instead of re-envisaging the characters to fit today's political world, it'll just be the same but using modern terms and events.

But equally, is the current way of politics that interesting or funny?

The enjoyment of the original shows is the clever language and arguments, the intellectual mind-games that went on between Sir Humphrey and Jim Hacker. My worry is that, as politics these days seems less high-brow, so too will the new version of the show be dumbed down. And with that, it will loose its appeal.

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Staggering Kelihos zombie army smacked down AGAIN

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got to follow the rules

Rule #1 - Cardio

Rule #2 - The Double Tap

Rul3 #3 - Beware of Bathrooms

Rule #4 - Wear Seat Belts

Evidently they didn't follow Rule 2 the first time around...

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Apple IP details tech for 'iTV' innards

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dpi?

so, can we look forward to a 50" Retina Display(TM) telly then?

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At no point in the whole article does it ever state that iTV is the name of the product.

That's just El Reg trying to stir you guys into making a post that'll stir people like me into replying to it.

#HateTheGameNotThePlayerYo

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'Thermal cloak' designed, could solve major chip, spacecraft issues

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bows and arrows against the lightning"

This is awesome! Those Martian feckers in their tripodal fighting machines don't stand a chance now that we have thermal cloaking tech. Come on then, you red planet smegheads, if you think you're hard enough!!!!

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Amazon names date for Kindle Touch touchdown

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Batteries?

What's the battery life like in the touch?

The 4 has half the battery life on the Keyboard. Amazon says it should last a month on the 4, but that's only based on 30 minutes of reading per day. My other half reads for hours a day and has noticed she's charging it nearly all the time compared to the Keyboard.

If the Touch has more memory, does it also have better batteries?

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Plastic that SELF-REPAIRS using light unleashed by prof

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too late....

shame this wasn't around when CDs and DVDs were all the rage

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Gimp

you wear plastic socks? it is for incontinence or just a fetish thing?

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Wii U graphics said to be no better than current consoles

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Re: D.O.A.

that's weird then, i must know AC, because he seems to know all my friends too (and me, tbh, as i got a Wii last summer when the missus decided she wanted to use it Wii Fit and Zumba, used it for a month, haven't switched it on again since).

the Wii serves a specific need - that of multiplayer gaming, and light-weight, kid-friendly gaming.

i think the critical thing is, now that world+dog has a Wii in their lounge to fulfil those needs, why would they bother to spend so much cash again on a WiiU? if you're having a party, you'll wheel out the old Wii.

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James Cameron back from dive to world's deepest point

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Re: "I had this idea that life would adapt to the deep"

There's life, Jim (Cameron), but not as we know it...

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Elgato Thunderbolt SSD

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hardware compression

That's weird that files that incorporate a compression in their format, will copy slower. Is it trying to double compress them? You'd think they could detect already compressed data and so skip the compression process, speeding up the transfer speeds.

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Mass Effect 3 crooks trick gamers with fake 'alternate ending'

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Re: Agreed

<spoiler>i agree with this request for spoiler tags</spoiler>

at the very least, perhaps a way to make text white so that you need to highlight it to view it, that would work just as well, but there must be a fairly simple piece of css/js tricky that could be done, no?

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NASA's Dawn probe spies 'Snowman' on asteroid queen Vesta

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east bound and down

woohoo Jerry Reed!! oh wait, wrong Snowman....

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Scammers exploit new Dr Who girl with Twitter smut video

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Re: "When I examined the page, ..."

quote I found that each of the videos

sounds like he examined it very very thoroughly indeed

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Lovefilm: video streaming outplays disc rentals

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it's the ease of access.

i'm switching my subscription over to download only this month.

that said, most of what we've been watching has been via Netflix. Lovefilm just doesn't have the right kind of stuff and the interface on the playstation and the samsung smart tv is much much easier to use on Netflix than Lovefilm

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El Reg user forum opens to public, HTML for all (mostly)

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Re: My obligatory comment to see if I've reached 100 posts yet.

quote: Tags: Please could we have <pre> and some way of quoting other people's posts?

i was going to put "+1 for <quote> request"

but then i realised that it is really a bbcode type tag, there isn't an equivalent html tag that could be used is there.

best i can think of is to italicise the quote.

I think, if you have to manually format your quote, that's a good way of stopping some quotetard from putting gobloads of a post's text in a quote and then just typing "me too" afterwards.

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uh oh

now that El Reg is an official forum website as well as a news site, i wonder how long before it gets blocked entirely by our office websense filtering :(

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iPhone 5 gets a 5in screen

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i really hope not

i think 4 inches is the max for a phone. if you want a bigger screen, get a frikken tablet

i quite like the 3.5 screen on the iphone - the phone looks neat and compact these days compared to the oversized ugly Androids. I remember when the first iPhone came out and it looked huge against the skinny candybar feature phones everyone had back then.

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Devs cheer as Osborne okays game coding tax relief

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Re: Too bad...

Surely coders are going to be amongst the most technically literate people in the country. And therefore, the best equipped for switching to a work-from-home model.

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who can benefit?

Do you have to be registered then as working for a games development company, in order to qualify? Is it just the companies that qualify? Does it apply to one-man-band type companies?

Or can I get a tax break just for programming some basic and/or rubbish game and punting it on the mobile app stores?

If so, suddenly anyone who knows a bit of javascript can cobble together a game using something like Appcelerator's Titanium, and tap into easy tax breaks :)

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Windows 8 on ARM vs iPad: Has Microsoft lost already?

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i liked the music, but was still way too much for a podcast format. at the very least, if you're going to put that music dead time at the start, have someone introducing the show over the music or something.

also, try and equalise the volume on the two vocal inputs. Gavin's speech was a bit quiet, so i tuned up the volume, and then Mary-Jo was shouting in my ears, so i had to turn it down, and then couldn't hear Gavin.

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Man FLIES with Android-powered homemade bird wings

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friend of mine also agrees that it's a fake:

"On the 13/14 video of his you can see around 1.30 there is a sun design on the right hand wing, then the camera looks down, then looks up again. The sun design has a large dot that wasn't there before. Very clear and obvious evidence of digital manipulation on at least one of the videos for sure."

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German court: Rapidshare must HUNT for dodgy pirate links

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so...

"internet sites could no longer shirk their responsibilities and achieve illicit financial gain"

so what about if you're hosting the files for zero profit? charges to users are adjusted constantly to ensure they only cover monthly costs, and once done.

yes, a major headache to do, because the cheaper the site is, the more popular it will be, so the higher the bandwidth costs required, but i don't think it's impossible.

and then, there are no financial gain, illicit or not. would that be acceptable to the court?

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Braben sticks knife into secondhand games market

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simple solution

Digital distribution. Just like mobile gaming, you buy the game online, download it, then you can't sell it on to anyone else, because there's no physical media to re-sell.

That said, I don't look forward to having to download a blu-ray's worth of data on the next games like GTA5 and Max Payne 3. But possibly the solution is you open the games up to pre-ordering, and users can download them over a couple of weeks, and then on the release day, the copies are unlocked when connecting to their servers.

Or, commit more to DLC. So you can buy the physical game, but you'll need to keep the disc around if you want to play the full game, as 70% of the single-player gameplay, and the multiplayer, all gets downloaded from online. The disc can hold all the music and the high-def textures, but the gameplay content gets downloaded and only works keyed to your account, or something.

I know the 2nd hand market is a problem for the game developers. But I don't think many of them have done much about it other than whine "it's so unfair!!!"

There are definitely ways around it, they just need to get us players into the habit of downloading more of our content in a means that makes it very complicated to then re-sell on.

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The Register obtains covert snaps of Google's new London offices

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Just what sort of party is this room intended for?

that scene out of Boondock Saints when they come in through the air con vent in the ceiling, twisted up in the rope, and spin round firing the 9mm's and waste all the russian mafia types that were sitting in there

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Windows 8 tablet freezes in Microsoft keynote demo

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Re: ROTFL

a google search suggests it happened in 2005 and 2010 too

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Twisted Metal

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always been a big fan

there's something about the genre of cars-with-guns that i really enjoy, and Twisted Metal's always been the most enjoyable of them. can't wait to play this!!

i agree with the review though - seems a shame they switched it to being a full blown game, i guess they wanted the money, but the game is perfect as a PSN download.

nevermine, Wrecked: Revenge Revisited is rumoured to be (finally!!) getting released on the 28th, and that's going to be more fun than anything, ever!

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BBC Micro team to celebrate historic machine's 30th year

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even as a kid....

i preferred my Apple ][e to my bbc micro

but i can't for the life of me tell you why - it's not like it was more shiny or anything. and it's hard to argue that, both being command line driven devices, the user experience was better on the Apple than the BBC, but i definitely preferred it

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Portal 2 prevails at Bafta game awards

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Mark Hamill

glad to see Mark Hamill got the award. Batman AC was an terrific game, but his performance in that and the previous game was absolutely spot on. Really quite sad at the thought that he's not going to do that character any more.

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Apple New iPad Wi-Fi only

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but it's not like the hi res screen is a surprise though, is it? it was long rumoured for the iPhone, and when it arrived, it was obvious that the iPad was going to get it too.

so WHY hasn't the competition already got higher res screens? it's impossible to think they weren't aware this was going to happen, so why haven't they already got a tablet in the market with at least the same spec screen?

instead, they're all just sitting on their hands, taking a back seat, happy to give Apple all the market share and the publicity. Sure, they'll probably rush a product to market now, and it'll be obviously rushed and critically, later than the iPad.

for the competition to be competition, they've gotta start getting ahead of the game, not just content to constantly play catch-up

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iPad bludgeons to death two UK Apple reseller shops

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more detail please

can you expand on how "the iPad continues to 'cut across' different market sectors" leads to "iPad bludgeons to death two UK Apple reseller shops"?

are you saying that they based their business model on being able to sell iPads? and that all iPad purchases were online and so they failed?

Or that so many people have iPads now that they don't go out to the shops any more looking at new kit or to buy support, instead they stay at home and surf web shops and look up how to fix their problems themselves?

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SF iPad launch subdued as Apple fans wise up

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fans wise up?

Speaking from what we've seen in the UK - looks like a lot less people queued up, but i think that's because the majority pre-ordered instead, not that there were significantly less people ordering the new one.

From what I can tell, in the UK Apple were using three courier companies to deliver. and all of them still had undelivered orders outstanding at 7pm tonight. That's got to be a lot of deliveries to overload the likes of TNT and UPS. UkMail is the 3rd one, but I dunno if they're a 'big' courier company like the other two.

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Take your hands off me - I'm a tech VC superstar!

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quality - i needed something amusing to cheer me up today and this hit the spot nicely

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TDK BA100 earphones

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Trouble is, I see TDK and I just think of the old cassettes and VHS tapes that we used to have in our house in the 80s and I have to put some real effort in not to dismiss them out of hand.

But the review does sound very good. Am sorely tempted as the last earphones I bought (Reid and Heath MA-350s following their favourable review by El Reg quite a while ago) have just stopped working in one ear (the nifty braided cord that did not get tangled unfortunately frayed at the connector end eventually and so broken the wires inside).

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Apple iPad 3 data contracts compared

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PAYG?

How about a comparison of PAYG prices?

From what i could see when i looked, Three was also wiping out the competiton for value (10gb of data for £10 i think it was, whereas all the others were offering 2gb for the same price) but I don't know how good their network signal in my areas.

For a data only device like an ipad, i'm thinking PAYG might be a better option than being tied to a two year contract.

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