Started reading at Mid range phone
Stopped reading at £549
I've had 3 smartphones and that's more than I paid for all of them put together.
557 posts • joined 3 Feb 2010
I couldn't get away from Sky soon enough. Was with them on ADSL for a while, and had constant problems with the crappy router they provided. There was a bug in its firmware that meant that connected devices were never displayed properly. I either got a list of the same device connected repeatedly, or, an incomprehensible list of devices in what looked like wingdings. I complained to Sky, who acknowledged that they were aware of the problem, and that Dlink had released a firmware update several years earlier. Sky refused to release that for their customers and also refused to give me my username and password, to allow me to use a decent router.
When fibre became available Sky offered up to 40Mbps, BT offered up to 70Mbps for the same price. We get well over the 40 offered by Sky, usually hitting around 60.
The process of leaving was painful, with quite probably the rudest call centre handler in history, who was shouting and refusing to listen, intent on going through her script of bribes to keep us with them.
Once we'd left, we received regular monthly offers, inviting us back, with the discounts getting bigger by the month. Strangely the offers stopped as soon as our 12-month contract with BT had ended and we could actually take them up on any offer.
One extra bonus in leaving was that we no longer received regular calls from some warranty company, saying our Sky box was out of warranty and we needed to pay them, just in case it broke. Complaints to Sky just resulted in denials that they knew anything about the third party. A claim that seems even less believable as we stopped getting them as soon as we left Sky.
BT aren't perfect, in fact the home hubs are pretty poor, although since we got the HH6, we've not had any problems. When we did, on HH4 & 5, BT sent engineers round quickly, provided replacement hubs and also sent a powerline setup to improve the wifi in the extension, all free of charge. Whenever we were having problems, we had regular call-backs from BT staff, checking if the new hubs had solved the problems, were the powerline hubs OK? At the end of the problems, a nice compensation payout was offered, without us asking, so, couldn't fault their customer service.
Agree about the Lidl pilsener. First had it in Germany in the summer (not a Lidl snob, just isn't one near me), and had quite a few bottles of the stuff. Perfect for drinking ice cold on a warm summer evening by the Main. Think I still have a few of them left in caravan. Personally I preferred the "normal" pilsener to the premium one.
Would also like to see the idea of bottle/can deposits come back. The German shops charged 10c per bottle or can which you got back when you returned them the next time you shopped. Nice big machines in the Lidl entrance which took your empties and gave you a voucher to present at the till.
You don't pay consultants to write a report that states that the fault lies with senior management who have repeatedly refused funding for a decent IT estate. They write reports absolving management of all blame, sack a few low ranking techies and say "lessons have been learned and you can trust that we will have policies in place to ensure this doesn't happen again in the future."
And nothing will change.
The idea of a hard drive that also charges your phone sounds good, but, it appears to only do so when plugged into the mains. The shape also means (and the Toshiba product page confirms it) that this is designed as a backup device to leave at home. I can do that with a NAS and backup/access my files from anywhere in the world. I can also take a battery pack to charge my phone and an old laptop HDD in a portable enclosure that is powered by the USB port, for when there is no internet connection.
Perhaps because millions of the things have been produced and are now in circulation. Without a total re-design of the note, making it easy to spot which is which, how would anybody know which ones were full fat fivers and which were not?
Now excuse me while I go dip a few tenners in some bacon fat.
My OSF is still in daily use, sim removed as a nice little MP3 player with OLED screen for watching the odd video. With all the network stuff turned off, it lasts a few days on a charge. I had a look for a colour screen MP3/MP4 player that would take SD cards and have wifi etc and couldn't find one to match the OSF's original £99 price.
Online adverts should be like magazine adverts: static text, an image, no video, no sound, no animation, and stuck where the printer put it.
If I read a car magazine, I expect car-related ads. If I then read a gardening magazine, I'd expect gardening-related ads, not car-related ones.
If I buy an item, I don't want to see adverts for the same thing for weeks after, it's pointless. If I have bought one, chances are don't I need another And if I do, I think I could find it again without seeing adverts plastered all over.
Until online advertisers become responsible and trustworthy, I'll stick to blocking ads. If a website insists I have to see them, I'll find another site.
If only everything was routed over IP, it would be easy to swap from phone to phone (and carrier to carrier) according to need.
Really? Take your sim out of old phone, put it into new phone. Job done.
Need a different size sim? Go to shop, ask them and (in my experience) they'll sort that out while your there.
Moving network? Buy your new sim, tell them you want to port your number, all sorted in a couple of days.
Need more than one network due to coverage problems? Buy a dual sim phone.
There are many reasons that swapping phones can be a pain, moving your number isn't one of them.
Instead of buying a new iPhone 7 and then writing to Apple to ask for the feature, stick with your old phone and write to Apple saying that if they don't add it, you'll buy a Samsung and tell everyone you know to do the same. OK, they may not listen, but the threat of lost revenue is usually a thing that all companies listen to eventually.
Try and get in there on launch day, raise the issue with national press. A headline of "New iPhone excludes disabled users" is not something Apple would appreciate.
With all due respect to the author and The Register, complaining here about Apple is pretty pointless, they're not exactly best of buddies.
It seems obvious that laws that prevent locals from clubbing together and providing a service that big business won't, should be scrapped. Then big business should be told to compete with the locals, based on quality of service and low cost.
But, big business buys the politicians through "campaign donations", so it won't ever happen.
Land of the free? No. Land of the bought and paid for political puppet.
@Dan 55....Thanks... I think Here need to look at their UI. There's no indication that pressing Europe will do anything other than download all of Europe.. maybe a little + or arrow would indicate that there are more options. It's only when you then see some countries with the download option and others blank that you realise how it works.
It is clear why they've changed the name. It can't be used as a map! One of the functions I use most on Google Maps is just looking where something is, especially in foreign countries. Something on the news, a travel programme, etc. Just a quick search and I know where it is. Here doesn't do that. It only provides directions, something it simply cannot do where you have to fly to get there. New York? Sydney? Nope, can't find a route so won't show you where they are.
"Doug Betts, the lead for global quality at Fiat Chrysler"
Don't they continually rank bottom in American reliability surveys?
Here's an interesting snippet about Mr Betts...."Three years later, Betts would be gone. He left the day after the release of the Consumer Reports reliability survey in which Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Fiat finished 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th among 28 brands ranked."
It could, if the advertisers would follow a few simple rules, then most people would probably stop blocking adverts.
No animation or video.
No pop ups.
Keep it simple, a static image, some text and a hyperlink to a product page, no tracking.
Do that, I won't block you.
Will it happen? Probably not, the advertisers will just try and find ever more annoying methods to irritate people, thinking they are really providing a useful service.
No, the court has made so that somebody with the job title of "genius" should have the intelligence to warn a pensioner that he may lose his photos, and to check that he's happy with that, and provide advice on how to back up anything important. Judging by the self-righteous,arrogant responses above, it's easy on an iPhone, so, shouldn't be too difficult for a genius to sort out.
If you ever see a film where the action has been speeded.. sped... made faster, whatever... you can tell the difference. the cars bounce differently, turn differently.
Also, letting it be known that they wrecked so many Astons and Jags is far better publicity than saying they wrecked a dozen Mondeos in drag.
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