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"All of which would leave the life-saving services and other public service workers with no mobile data for the foreseeable future. Pretty much everyone, from Airwave, to Vodafone, to the equipment manufacturers, to the police themselves agrees that the way forward is to keep Tetra for voice and add other devices for 4G."
...yes everyone sensible thinks that not having one system to rule them all is a good plan. Especially because Tetra (Airwave) is actually pretty good at the voice bit, and well, mobiles aren't.
Re: Some exclusive features
although you did neglect to mention that although you can have the latest "version", you won't get all the features. So really you aren't getting as good as deal as you imply, since the capability is different.
So if you have a 4S or whatever, you don't have the same featureset as the 6.
They are crap at returns yes are good old ebuyer - always say you have to send stuff to the manufacturer, despite the law being clear otherwise. Many an argument I had with them in the past about this, every time they eventually backed down.
Mind you, so are Amazon. At least initially - they make it pretty difficult after the first 30 days to get to the point where you can raise a return - it always just says it is too late and you have to find a contact/web chat link to get it done. Once you do that, it's efficient. it just irritates me that they create artificial barriers.
Still, at least ebuyer deliver goods in the first place... Dabs (or BT Direct as they seem to be now) go with a different strategy - they tell you they have whatever it is in stock, but after a week then decide they don't, and eventually refund you. If it happened once or even twice I'd put it down to bad luck, but I had this issue a lot - so gave up even trying with them.
Re: Everyone's fingers burnt with Everything Everywhere
"Do you actually have an EE phone that stays connected to the masts and keeps the number in service?"
Haha. Good one. Except that wasn't a joke of course. I had the misfortune of moving to EE earlier this year. It lasted 6 weeks, and I forced them to terminate my agreement and allow me to move back to my previous provider (3). Should never have left - went from having signal almost everywhere, and data that just worked (and texts, and calls), to a service that was utterly terrible in every way.
Services just didn't work (Blackberry Blend) - would connect once in a blue moon once I had EE, streaming my TV from home... no chance, totally unreliable, signal... always CLAIMED to be there, but in reality calls went to voicemail, messages were delayed, and even when it was "working" I'd suddenly get no IP throughput for 2-3 minutes and then every now and then around 30 minutes.
EE blamed the area I was in (although in that time I went on holiday up north, and had the same issues there as I did at home), my handset (although same handset worked fine on 3, had been reconfigured by EE and reprovisioned to the EE preferences, and in any case I had the same issues with another handset (went there, tried that), my home connection (for the streaming issue - really? My "connects at" 80/20 and gets "78/18" real world throughput service randomly couldn't cope with streaming (but an FTP could get 18 meg if I was lucky so not a route issue), and so on...
Moved back to 3, same handset, same areas, works fine. During my time on EE, I spent most of it tethering my phone to my other handset which still was with 3 so I could do stuff.
Re: If they were really bored and just had to create an app...
The unified mailbox I believe disappeared as a result of changes to Facebook primarily that meant the system wasn't able to operate anymore - not actually sure if they had an alternative option and decided not to implement, but I agree it was one of the better features of Windows Phone.
"There was once place I worked at years ago that had a user with a 72GB mailbox. She worked for a certain London based art mogul who had to have an entire information store to himself because of his mailbox size. Every new workstation deployment for him was a nightmare because each time we had to explain that his mailbox was fucking huge and it will take a day or so to sync"
Well good news... "massive" mailboxes really aren't a big deal - we have customers with pretty crazy mailboxes. If you're up to date and using Outlook 2013, you can tell it to selectively sync 'n' months of data so that isn't such a chore and his local storage can be reduced without any loss of actual mail.
Lets's pretend these issues are issues though...
re Office/Word Tables etc
I imagine you're all people who claim to be "skilled in Microsoft Office" on your CV too.
Re: no matter what MS force on us
"Since when do PC's suddenly reboot to install updates? I usually get a warning once they are ready to install and one three days from that when it asks me save all my work and let the computer restart."
...not (for example) on Windows RT... on my Lenovo Yoga with RT, it pops up and gives you 15 minutes, and if you haven't manually given it a go ahead by then, boom... bang on 15 minutes, it bins your session and reboots...
Wouldn't be too surprised if that's not far off. The word I've heard from insiders is sport is really the only one selling and even then not in huge numbers.
Still not sure there's a mainstream reason for the watch concept, and especially not at the price point. It's a smartphone accessory that's priced in the same bracket as mid range smartphones. D'oh.
Re: Slow news day?
Gotta get that advertising revenue somehow. Non articles are all the rage at El Reg.
Re: Not had a landline for 3-years
Because there's no 'copper only' product they can buy and that copper is still used to provide the Internet
But I hate to say it, but if you think it would result in your bill reducing by 16.40, you'll be quite badly disappointed.
Well apart from that Internet connection?!
Truth be told, I doubt you would get much of a reduction. Some of the 15 quid or so, is increasingly subsidising the broadband because everyone is playing a silly game of making the headline price lower and then whacking the line rental up. Adding the voice service doesn't really add much to the raw cost.
Still, at least the bulk of providers need a 'phone line'... VIRGIN literally don't yet for some reason they've joined in on the same pricing nonsense and made it thus that you sort of do need it to get a competitive price on the other services. And despite the article suggesting otherwise, certainly in ex Eurobell cable areas they bring a bit of copper for said phone line as well as the coax for the TV/Internet (sorry folks, no, it isn't fibre you get)
Re: I know there's still people buying them
I'm not blue rinse and I own a Blackberry Passport. Best device I've had of its kind, wouldn't part with it unless something genuinely better rocks up. For heavy e-mail use and genuine "all day" use - nothing comes close.
Re: THe MAC (And PAC) were there for a reason...
Whereas now without a mac you will have to wait 10 working days... for a migration.
Re: Self-inflicted @AC
That's what the "emergency" mode is for. Unfortunately some people use it as "use all the time mode" - and then end up with a problem when they have an "emergency".
Re: Self-inflicted @AC
"Whilst I cannot fault your logic, experience tells me that there are a lot of people who rely on a single bank account, through which all of their salary/tax credits/child benefit is paid."
...the issue isn't the bank account, but the lack of having budgeted adequately that you have no money AND no essentials - like electric/heat and food ... all kinds of stuff could happen preventing you getting money out that day, so having "a plan" wouldn't be a bad idea.
Re: Easy clickbait article formula
Yes, we'll done.
You did correctly identify the "even rot 15 would be less transparent than this" modus operandi of El Reg.
If you're looking for genuine insight into the IT industry, or worse, actual news you have indeed stumbled upon the wrong site.
Re: Modern Applications
Save time, hit windows key, type calc and hit enter.
Less typing sir...
Re: Was it Dell, or HP
No, because Cadbury is owned by Mondelez, not Kraft now.
But also "no" because they've stopped the free chocolates delivery at Christmas (I think it was Christmas) etc that had always been done...
Re: Amazon set the precident
Apple can't afford to do that - they're a bit short on cash, so whilst I'm sure they could produce a "beautiful" document about the ethics, the problem is they can't afford it. Margins are tight and they're struggling for cash.
Sigh... the limit is currently 20 quid, and no, repeated transactions aren't possible, it will do a small number (for example 3) and then need a PIN if a qualifying PIN transaction hasn't since happened anyhow, and in any case liability is limited.
This myth that never ending transactions can happen is ridiculous.
"Actually all contracts now include 4G except the lowest 250MB one. The change not mentioned in the press release is that they have started removing 3rd party wifi hostpot like BTWiFi, etc from the contracts in parallel with adding 4G."
My 250MB contract does include 4G - got added the other day.
...if you buy into "consistent" design, then Apple's products are a terrible recommendation.
The only "constant" is the quest for making everything thinner, even when not doing so would allow things people actually want... like better battery life on a mobile device.
Or separate, magsafe power supply design on the latest thinner-than-thin-itself netbook meets laptop.
If there is one thing Apple design isn't, it's consistent.
Re: Another reason for a physical key..
I believe you have to maintain the "key in the area" thing - so the theory being that wouldn't work.
I have no idea if in practice, the car would stop, moan a bit (like the seatbelt warning in most, but not all cars) or apply brakes.
Anyone have any real world experience on how keyless start works in practice?
And in my experience, the roku struggles to play video content from serviio or similar.
I found it will just about play a 2 minute video, but any longer and it suddenly freezes.
It's good news for O2 customers if they merge - they might finally see that 3G and 4G thing which o2 seem pretty reluctant to offer.
It's not good news for Three customers mind you if it means they're given o2 service...
Re: Could be problematic for Three..
They're not giving the allowances to FreedomPop for free.. or at least I assume not.
FreedomPop are relying on additional spending to cover the free usage.In a sort of Freemium model as it were (see also much of the internet's free services..)
"They are very much the black sheep of the BT family, not being completely crap and all. The big advantage of being part of BT is that when something goes wrong, they get a BT engineer out fast, and none of this crap of threatening £99 call out fees if the problem is at the ISP end."
PlusNet have no faster an access to an Openreach engineer than any other provider. It's a legally binding requirement for equivalence of access. If you have any evidence to suggest they're able to bypass this then both other ISPs and Ofcom would be interested to hear about it.
PlusNet may not choose to pass any fees on, but that won't be the same as them being billed. It's the same (terrible shoddy overbilling under-servicing) that everyone gets - including response times.
The mobile service sucks, patchy performance (having a "signal" is good, having a usable one preferable...), unreliable billing, unreliable speeds, inconsistent behaviour from data services. Rubbish customer services, just rubbish. Even the web site and brand suck. As for "Kevin No Buffering Bacon" I've never had so much buffering - got them to cancel the contract after several lengthy calls and a fight with them on the basis the entire service wasn't fit for purpose.
The landline/broadband service has never ranked well, regardless of Kevin Bacon's advertising, the claims or the EE TV deal.
...thus to find they're most complained about in any sector is scant a surprise
Re: Three in Touch versus Home Signal
You only need a connection to normal 3 mobile network to setup the app, not after that or it would be pointless.
As for data, well yeah, you would need wifi so why would you then want to use your data allowance when you've already got data?
Re: Three in Touch versus Home Signal
Calls made with intouch do use your allowance. Same with texts.
...but as most people on three have shedloads of both, it's academic.
Easily fixed, use port 366 and no more issue.
Re: How to wear a watch
No Darryl, we're not prefixing stuff with an i now, so whilst iBelt makes some sense, it'd now be Belt Sport, Belt and Belt Edition.
The sport belt rather than the er, belt being vaguely sensible price wise, but still ridiculous. Yes, even though normally the 'sport' version isn't normally the entry level version.
You were naming it wrong, we've got a guide on how to correctly name our products too.
Yeah... for now. Won't be long.
I don't really understand why Sky are bothering, MS will change the name of Skype sooner or later anyhow, they change the bloody name of every other product repeatedly until nobody knows, including them, what to call it.
I must confess that this is a device that interests me, not as a standard device (I already own the BlackBerry Passport and love it), but I'm considering issuing a couple staff with the leap since they're reasonably priced and there's a good chance one person in particular will return it trashed in no time.
BlackBerry 10 is pretty damn good if you're not totally obsessed with apps and pretending it's a big deal to have trivial features.
Re: What do we actually need?
The Sony Smartband SWR10 has a 5 day battery, charges in very little time, no display, can alert you to notifications, calls etc
Why is it these companies have source code on internet connected kit in the first place!?!
You know I'd almost forgotten the watch became properly available today, because it's such an uninteresting thing.
Presumably though this weekend the pubs will be full of drunken twats stabbing at the wrists of friends instead of just stabbing each other. Well, if the battery lasted long enough that it was still working by the evening...
Re: all academic
You beat me to the punch there - a train moving at any speed is the thing of spotters around here. Too hot, cold, or even indifferent for the services to run most of the time.
Yeah if only you could hold accounts with multiple institutions and keep some cash in a wallet, maintain a balance with multiple current accounts and even hold now than one credit card.
no joke icon!
The problem sir is that you assume we all see a joke icon. On the m.theregister.co.uk site, you see no icons, so it is rather harder to deduce the message as a joke.
Presumably in disbelief that it's not just your favourite *nixland software can be exploited relatively easily?
Because as we all know, there's never been a vulnerability in Linux software, such as apache. Nope, never.
Oh wait, that's total bull... but then I live in the real world.
Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED
Ah and there is the ultimate question...
I'll tell you why those units used Wi-Fi ...
Because when they were devised "Wi-Fi" was a new, cool, exciting technology and had to be on everything - in much the same way today, everything, no matter how pointless is being done on a tablet everywhere, even though it's often ridiculously expensive, or functionality draining... it's the "in thing".
...which is the very reason my old boss tried to force me - back when 11 meg was the best you got, to fit wireless cards to all the sales team's desktops, then install a buffalo airstation. All despite them all already having cabled network connections in place and working.
There wasn't a single good reason - we didn't need desktops to be "portable", we didn't need the near 10x reduction in raw speed (ignoring the other limitations of multiple devices on one AP), we didn't need to spend all that money which at the time was a fair bit, but it had to be done because the boss had heard that Wi-Fi was the latest and greatest thing.
Is there a particular reason, other than making it look bad, why we split Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1 up, but Max OS X is combined across all versions?
We don't split "XP Service Pack 2" vs "XP Service Pack 3" which is a broad equivalent of the 8.0/8.1 debate.
Presumably it is deliberately split in this manner - that's the problem with statistics.
Presumably your idea of protection against some sort of disaster excludes any of the disaster scenarios where having the data in the same physical place is the sort of protection you think adequate?
Presumably there is no way on earth for someone to break in, steal the servers AND the ioSafe solution - because as it's fire proof (sort of), it's presumably theft proof? What is it they offer to protect against that, anti-climb paint you get in local parks on them?
Yes, it can be a long drawn out process to restore large volumes of data, or send it in some cases, but there are plenty of low cost, simple fixes to that issue, none of which require buying stupidly overpriced "NAS" style kit.
I see HH3 devices all the time given to BT business customers, I assumed this was the expected behaviour and by all accounts it is...
I dunno, I find catching up with a friend for an hour whilst driving mile after mile late at night in the dark, down a dark, empty motorway actively keeps me awake and active. It also makes a tedious journey feel much faster.