* Posts by Austin Montego

6 posts • joined 12 May 2011

Peak Apple: Forstall was 'closest thing to Jobs they had left'

Austin Montego

Perhaps some people are motivated by fear but I don't see it, myself.

I've seen it kill teams and stifle otherwise good products. It works where a team of less-than-great people come together under a dictator, benevolent or otherwise, who has a strong vision and a stronger temper. It can't last, though, because the dictator is fallible and mortal. It also pushes away talented people who find they can work somewhere there isn't an arsehole making their lives a misery.

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Why is 4G so expensive? Answer: The Post-Voice Era is coming

Austin Montego

Re: By the time the other operators get 4G, EE will have raised the acceptable price point

Switching to Three would be leaping from a congested service to a very patchy one, with no data on 2G.

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UK's first 4G network just switched on - and it's not from EE

Austin Montego

Ionica did indeed charge line rental: their service was marketed as a direct replacement for a landline. It was a fixed line style of service delivered at 3.5GHz using a network of line of sight base stations and little flat dishes on houses that are still visible in West Yorkshire, East Anglia and the West Midlands.

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Austin Montego

A minor nit-pick but Ionica was for telephone calls only, not broadband.

They had problems all of their own, including lack of base station capacity and the expense of building a line of sight transmitter network with voice calls and line rental as the only way to pay it back, at the same time as a boom in the number of alternative providers available over BT lines.

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BT Vision beats rivals to honour of being worst UK Pay-TV

Austin Montego
WTF?

It's a bit cheeky for BT to partly pass the buck onto poor quality broadband...

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Dixons warns it's getting worse

Austin Montego

The hard-sell warranties are the problem

Went into one of the newly merged Curry's/PC World out of town shops the other day. It was to buy a TV that I knew was a good price and a good spec ... I could hardly believe it myself.

The staff on the floor were actually helpful and polite. However, when I got to pay, the guy behind the till went straight into the hard sell on the like-for-like replacement cover and then got mightily offended when I politely refused.

Until they remove the incentives that lead to that behaviour, they'll continue to alienate their customers.

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