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16 posts • joined 15 Jun 2012

T-Mobile US cuts overage charges, dares rivals to follow suit

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I like that T-Mobile USA is making efforts like this. Pity T-Mobile UK has simply become an unwanted stepchild of EE.

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T-Mobile US: AT&T's mobe buyout deal is so 'desperate', we'll do it too

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I wish T-Mobile UK would do (or did do when they were a Deutsche Telecom solely-owned or earlier) something like this rather than being absorbed into "the EE family" and being spat out as one of the two identical yet unwanted children.

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iPHONE 5c FACTORY SHUTDOWN: Foxconn 'halts' mobe rebrand op

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Each person that wanted the 5C changed their mind immediately after i pointed out the contract price is largely the same (on Three, the cost per month is exactly the same), and the sim-free price is only £70 ish cheaper than the 5S.

It's in this strange no-mans-land where its too expensive to be low cost for people to want (like the Moto G/Nexus 4 etc), but labelled as the "cheaper, low cost" device simply by virtue of not being the 5S.

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Google to punish sloppy mobile webmasters

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If only they would remove the "feature" that disables videos to be viewed on mobile devices on youtube first.

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O2 scoffs at call-centre outsource fears, forgets to rule it out completely

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Didn't they dismiss the sale of Be and O2 Home Broadband to Sky as speculation at first too?

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ASA says 'unlimited' broadband can have 'moderate' limits on it

The Alphabet

Dear ASA:

The definition of unlimited: "limitless or without bounds; unrestricted"

Traffic management policies that restrict speeds more than 0% contradicts the above term entirely. This is not a technical restriction (as in ADSL where you're too far from the exchange and can only get, for example, 3mb) but merely a capacity one.

Secondly the higher the headline speed, the more aggressive the reduction in speed becomes. So having 40% of a 120mb line cut because I'M USING IT TOO MUCH (*11GB or more downstream between 3pm and 8P)M is a ridiculous LIMIT who pay the top price to access exactly that.

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Virgin Media boss to Osbo: Bung city fibre cash into small biz

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I would argue that Virgin Media need to pump their cash into increasing capacity and network stability first, rather than forever increasing ever-increasing headline speeds to people just so they hit their traffic shaping "unlimits" faster.

But we don't always get what we want.

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

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As soon as Sky changes its business strategy away from "acquisition mode" to "retention mode" the prices will go up and the quality will stagnate.

That will happen exactly around the time if they manage to leapfrog BT and become #1 and build up a big enough gap.

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Having had multiple problems with Sky's customer service over just the TV package, this has just determined me to go and move away from Be to avoid being sucked in.

How is the LLU market effectively dead when Be was a great example of a niche provider who served its core focus very well? Not everyone can get/wants fibre.

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BT's shock new wheeze: Make phone calls from smartphones

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Isn't it easier to opt for the cheapest available landline service and use services that are available rather than the "convenience" of a brand you recognise?

We pay £11 for line rental + evening/weekend calls (+ caller display) at home, and i get 3000 minutes/3GB data for £15 with Orange. To call freephone numbers i use 0800 buster via my allowance, and saynoto0870 for all else.

Standard line rental with BT is £15.45, with caveats of minimum-calls-or-we-charge-you-a-month, plus your mobile allowance on top.

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Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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Re: She has options

Our school simply maintained "security" by locking us in via 15 foot high anti-climb-paint-covered fences with CCTV pointed at all exits.

If you know someone cannot leave then they are, by implication, secure. If anyone inside was to come to harm or danger, it wouldn't go unnoticed for long because of all the people locked inside.

But then prison can be defined exactly the same way.

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Governments block YouTube over that video

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I believe humans are idiots. Things like this reinforce why.

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Dixons Retail: A mirror held up to Europe

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Re: Dixons have their place.

"It's in the interests of us all that they see out the downturn."

It's also in their best interests to better focus on on the market that they are in (which, lets be honest, is complex!) to provide detail and clarity.

I doubt they can constantly compete on price, which is fine, but they can easily compete on service as they have actual faces in shops to take advantage of.

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