* Posts by andy

9 posts • joined 19 Sep 2007

BT accused of 'sharp practice' on rolling contracts


pot calls kettle black

TalkTalk promised me free landline broadband within 3 months if I'd sign up for a year. Fortunately I wasn't such a mug. Pack of absolute lies. The LLU broadband finally arrived here 19 months later, by which time they'd been zapped for bad advertising because it wasn't actually free. Do CPW have any one month notice deals at all - not by the look of what I see above.

If BT customers do sign up for evenings all all calls, they get 0870 and 0845 calls included in their package. Is CPW's bollocks a diversion to hide that for once they aren't going to slavishly copy things that BT do?

What's going to power Small, Cheap Computers?



But these smaller PCs aren't yet as cheap as they should be

If you can get a basic Dell Vostro with a screen twice as big, more hardware on board, a bigger power supply and some version of Windows included, what are the expensive components ...

If you can get 2 GB of memory for not much more than a beer ...

How come the newest eee PC is over £300?

T-Mobile not alone in spinning price hikes


not new

Ignorant O2 customer service staff blaming Ofcom is nothing new at all.

When charging for 0870 0845 and 0844 numbers was introduced last September, this was the main thrust of the reasoning, that O2 were being forced into line with the other networks, and more than one person said this was due to Ofcom regulations.

A quick call to Ofcom confirmed that there was not a single grain of truth in these assertions.

Truphone picks up Sim4Travel


cheaper routing?


"The company isn't commenting on plans, but it's easy to imagine a scenario similar to the 3UK/Skype arrangement. Calls made from a Truphone-equipped handset would be routed over the cellular network to the nearest Truphone hub, and then converted to VoIP connections for cheaper routing "


I don't quite understand how you get to this assumption about a so-called Truphone hub, as the SIM card is on an mvno and is roaming on a UK network, and the calls are routed via 2 other companies as well. At the moment UM's tariffs are already slightly cheaper than its reseller, so it will be interesting to see what happens

What's more, I don't understand how you expect this to help with the T-mobile dispute, as Truphone has not become a main GSM network by dint of this, and Jersey mobiles aren't in T-mobile inclusive minutes either.

O2 says 128Kb/s is all its 3G customers need


3g iPhone?

You mention that iPhone users using EDGE might be a bit smug about this slow 3g speed, but what happens on lauch of a 3g iPhone?

Tumbleweeds outnumber punters, as iPhone's First Night flops



I spent well over half an hour in the local CPW shop on Saturday afternoon.

I'd been asked to go in to present ID details for 2 Fresh SIM cards I had, which instead turned out to have expired. After a bit of debate at the call centre while I was on hold, they eventually issued me with 2 new ones and transferred the credit across, which took quite a bit of conversation between the shop sales assistant and the call centre ...

I apologised for keeping her busy when she should have been selling high value deals. In that time, her colleague sold what appeared to be a T-mobile contract

And just what exactly has this to do with iPhone? Nothing. No advertising in there. The nearby O2 shop was empty of customers when I walked past.

How long before O2 alter the system when you call 100, so that people who don't have an iPhone can navigate the menu without having to hear about iPhone - "we know you'll be desperate to ... " ... talk to customer services about the reason I actually phoned up, thank you

VoIP is Dead. It's just another feature, now


free calls to pstn?

I'm not sure which of these firms is the parasite, or maybe a few users will be

3 has the extra marketing pull of offering the service, but I can't see any revenue for Skype in it at all, as it seems neither SkypeIn or SkypeOut will be supported

But even so, I think it could be possible to find a way to make free calls to PSTN

Preterite peter-out: How the end beginned


language evolving ?

mi seh mi cyaan believe it

Irish firm launches 'global' mobile phone


What is actually new about this?

There have been global roaming SIM cards with free incoming calls available for about 3 years now.

Last June, the blog fans of this firm were predicting almost free mobile to mobile calls anywhere. In January, they at last managed to launch resale of one of the global SIMs, the one with an Estonian number.

It will be interesting to see what roaming deal this SIM is based on, and what might be the the incoming charges that allow for call diversion of the given landline DID to the perhaps hidden SIM number.

Did anyone tell their web designer about the timing of this launch? The site has been reduced to a holding page; there was a fair amount of detail in there a couple of days ago, although a total absence of any tariffs ...


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