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* Posts by Andy Cunningham

3 posts • joined 1 Jun 2007

Man uses mobe as modem, rings up £27k phone bill

Andy Cunningham
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Rip-off data prices

Why is every provider charging such ridiculous prices for data? It seems to me a fair price for 1MB of data should be similar to a 1MB of voice calls. Looks to me that mobiles compress voice calls to about 500KB / min, but you need to send to 2 mobiles, whereas data only goes to one.

So without price gouging we should be able to get 25p / MB pay as you go - less on a contract. Instead my contract charges £3 / MB. Damn that's got to be profitable. I do out-of-hours support and occasionally use my mobile (work-provided) to connect up. This month I've moved house and had to use the mobile the whole month (BT / Sky finally got my new ADSL running today). My laptop has gradually managed to download nearly 100MB of windows updates that I haven't been able to cancel, and along with actual support usage I've used about 160MB of data - nearly £500 when the reasonable price should have been more like £40.

Even with a sensible price this guy would probably have run up £2500. But 120MB fair-usage on an unlimited policy is ridiculous - the Windows .NET update this month was 74MB alone. Add in the other Windows updates, Firefox updates, Java updates etc. and you could hit the fair usage limit without actually using your connection!

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C&W kicks Bulldog rump into touch

Andy Cunningham

Before C&W...

Before C&W took over, Bulldog were fantastic, the best ISP I had ever found. Almost as soon as C&W took over, the customer service dropped through the floor and every bill I got was wrong. They seemed completely unable to get money from the direct debit set up for them - in fact it never worked in over a year, and I got tired of the monthly admonishments for non-payment, and eventually gave up.

I'm now with Be who are pretty good, but not upto Bulldog's pre C&W standards.

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Sharp Aquos LC37XD1E 37in HD TV

Andy Cunningham

This is proper 1080p

I have this TV and can confirm that it is a real Full HD set - I spent a long time waiting for these to appear in smaller screen sizes. The manual specifies assorted limitations that appear to be fictional, and just trying them out should confirm that 1920x1080 is fully available.

Standard-def Sky still looks great on this TV. I think the reviewer is just saying it looks second rate after you've been watching 1080p sources. I've got a PC hooked up with HDMI, and a PS3 through the other HDMI, both of which look fantastic. The Sky-box through SCART looks poor by comparison, but still looks a lot better than on my old TV.

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