3 posts • joined 22 Nov 2006
Gareth, I think you may have misunderstood Sony's intention for the curved OLED. It is to demonstrate a technological achievement rather than an example of future monitors to come. This ability to bend the OLED panel will lend to future placements of OLED on various surfaces.
Hackers hack for the sake of hacking
This further proves that hackers are not necessary interested ONLY hacking products that owns majority of the market share. Which is the typical argument from Windows OS users when speaking of the lack of significant viruses on the Mac OS platform.
Service in Hong Kong
This Vodafone service had been available in Hong Kong through its partnership company SmarTone-Vodafone for almost half a year.
The device sells for HKD2488.00 (approximately USD320.00 / GBP168.00), which is less than a HSDPA ExpressCard, like the one suggested by the other reader, Dave Fox.
What I do not like is the cost of the service plans:
Without Contract = HKD100.00 (USD12.84 / GBP6.77) / 50MB
With a Contract = HKD488.00 (USD62.68 / GBP33.00) / month with a 18 months commitment and only available to SmarTone-Vodafone voice plan subscribers.
The Contract plan is restricted from using VOIP, BitTorrent and any video streaming. To add VOIP to the Contract plan one will have to add HKD88.00 (USD11.30 / GBP5.96)
Both plans come with a roaming rate of HKD0.12 (USD0.015 / GBP0.008) / KB.
Mean while other local telcos are offering wireless (WiFi) access at various brick-and-mortar locations for approximately HKD68.00 (USD8.73 / GBP4.60) / month of unlimited access with no contract or commitments.
Yes, the Vodafone service offer the freedom of Internet access anywhere including by the beach in the park or any where the local WiFi access provider is not reachable, but when comparing HKD68/month to HKD576.00 (USD73.98 / GBP38.99); including the VOIP access, plus the cost of purchasing the HSDPA access device. The choice is quite obvious.
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