3 posts • joined 2 Sep 2011
Not Bad, for a Crap Idea
Operation Robin Hood will hurt the charity, not the banks.
The card holders will complain to their issuing bank that they never donated.
The bank will check with the payment provider, who will check with the merchant (the charity) and ask for proof for the transaction.
Unable to provide proof, it's a fraud after all, the payment provider or issueing bank will issue a charge bank.
Charge backs a) a waste of time, b) incur fees/penalties for the merchant, and c) the merchant, sorry, charity, may stop accepting credit card donations for (a limited time | ever) as a result.
The bank is used to handling high volume challenges of this sort. The merchant is not.
Good idea. If you're trying to do a DoS on the chary, that is.
Please check your facts before going to print.
"So the only people likely to bid for the bands are the incumbent players ..."
"In France the four incumbents will have to bid again ..."
Free Mobile is an incumbent then is it?
Please note that Free is not very Mobile at the moment, having neither a GSM network of it's own, nor a license as MVNO. Free Mobile simply does not exist.
This "incumbent" is a triple-play DSL provider who has no experience as a mobile phone operator. Yes, they run a VoIP network as part of their triple-play offer, but other than that can not be considered an incumbent by any measure.
"... the end result is so similar to the status quo."
The real story here is precisely that a new player has joined the mobile telephony game and that the status quo will change. Dramatically actually.
Monthly subscriptions fees are expected to start at around 6 Euros for 2H of talk and up to 20 Euros per month for "all you can eat". Those more familiar with the French market will agree that these prices are *very* low indeed.
Sorry ElReg, you're completely off the mark here.
(note how the Read More tag "Free Mobile" does not show anything relevant to Iliad)
See also (in French, sorry):
RIM is the only one with a clue
It's not about the phone, it's about the data on it.
At minima your contacts, often also your mail, and for advanced users also agendas and notes.
But data doesn't live in isolation, it needs to be constantly available and up to date on multiple devices: my phone, my tablet, my laptop, and over the web when all the others fail.
To date I have three choices: BES/BISx (not plain BIS, which is a waste of time), ActiveSync, and local cable/bluetooth syncing.
The only one that always works, no matter how bad your signal is, ... BISx/BES.
Low level signaling still works when you have GSM-only (SMS), changes can be buffered (try filing a mail on your iPhone when you have no network), and the protocol is optimized (keep alive over HTTPS on poor EDGE/GPRS to sync state just isn't).
So as much as the iPhone is neat, and Samung's Galaxy really powerful, and Nokia... None of the other phones do what is most important: make sure I have my data up to date over the air and with me at all times.
RIM is the only game in town, the rest is just for show.
Never mind the whole debate about how virtual keyboards are cute, but will never allow you to be as efficient as a RIM physical keyboard (you're on a bumpy/crowded bus, with your grocery/travel bags in one hand, holding on to the railing, phone in the other hand: I'd still be typing this with ease).
The only thing I can hold against RIM, and here I agree with most of you that RIM is dead: unless they share/open/license BES/OTA sync with other platforms, consumers will go for the shiny new phone from vendor x that is only really a phone, and the real smartphone technology will die.