* Posts by Andrew Woodvine

105 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Jun 2007


Vodafone sales dip, waits for fixed broadband to kick in

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Re: Only 70K Subscribers?

The article isn't very clear, but the 70k is referring specifically to fixed line broadband (as is the 10 million figure too).

Top Euro court ends mega ebook VAT slash in France, Luxembourg

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The network you're roaming on won't make any difference, as your data is tunneled back to your home network's GGSN anyway.

Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Re: Motorcyclists have a perfect use for this phone.

A perfect tracker with no GPS or a data connection?

GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

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Enabling flight mode will disable Bluetooth but you can toggle Bluetooth back on, leaving the phone otherwise in flight mode (it's the same for WiFi too). At least on Android anyway.

Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

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Re: Listen

I use DoggCatcher as a Listen alternative. It does everything Listen does and more, and you can import your podcast feeds from Reader.

Why embossed credit cards are here to stay

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Click clack card readers

Click card readers remind me of my student days. The local curry house used one of these, which meant I could always get a curry washed down with a few beers, even when over my overdraft limit.

HTC One X Android smartphone

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Re: I charge my phone at night while I'm sleeping

Agreed - as long as my phone doesn't need charging more than I need sleep then that is good enough for me!

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Re: My Experience

To force your phone to use GSM/UMTS only try entering *#*#4636#*#* on the dial pad - on my Galaxy Nexus this brings up a menu and gives you the option, amongst other things.

Mobile operators mourn death of embedded 4G

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Re: I thought so. So here they are again!

Page 28 of Three's price guide:

"Want to tether?

If you are on The One Plan contract (handset and SIM Only) we’re happy for you to tether, this means you can connect your phone to other devices via USB or WiFi to connect to the internet. If you’re not on The One Plan, you can get a Mobile Internet Add-on, or a Tethering Add-on."

The One Plan is pay monthly only but on Pay As You Go you can get "all you can eat" data for £15 a month. I don't think the above term is clear, but they've clarified on their forum that all you can eat data on Pay As You Go excludes tethering.

GiffGaff goes titsup again in 'leccy cable gaffe

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Re: At least they are being very open about the issue

You're right about the signalling defining the call but your statement isn't actually correct as far as the UK is concerned.

While it's technically possible for an emergency call to be placed on any network available (with or without a SIM), in the UK a network will only accept an emergency call if you're using a SIM issued by that network (or a SIM from a roaming partner). If you're using a SIM from another UK network or a SIM is absent then your call isn't going to connect.

Samsung Galaxy S II punters get a lick of Ice Cream Sarnie

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Re: Nexus S

To get ICS for the Nexus S go to http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/12/16/ice-cream-sandwich-now-rolling-out-to-the-gsm-nexus-s/. That is where I downloaded it from. I installed it back in December and it ran on my phone with no problems until last week which is when I sold it due to buying the Galaxy Nexus.

ICS on my Nexus S was a big improvement and made my phone run much smoother.

TuneIn Radio Pro

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Custom URLs

The way to add a custom URL is by going to http://tunein.com/myradio/.

The only problem with this is it allows me to add the URL and it then appears in the mobile app under My Presets, but the station won't play, even though I know the URL is correct.

China Mobile hooks 15 million iPhones to 2G

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Steve Jobs

When Jobs announced the original iPhone he said during the keynote that a 3G model would be coming, so actually no he was not adamant that 3G was unnecessary.

Laptop bags: 15-inchers

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Tech Air?

It sounds like you're describing a Tech Air bag? I've got one of their bags, it's excellent. The asset stickers that you're on about is a service called i-Trak, which fortunately I've not yet needed.

Man gets £12,500 after girlfriend probes his medical data

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You are correct. The Data Protection Act allows for compensation if you have suffered a financial loss only. You get nothing if it is distress alone that was caused.

Silverlit Spy Cam

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I just knew at least one person would ask that question!

Hackers port iPhone 4S' Siri to rival devices

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Android must be disappointing too then

Try putting your Android device into aeroplane mode and using speech recognition - it won't work.

Motorola Razr Android smartphone

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Camera specs

Was there really any need for Motorola to print the camera specs next to the camera lens? I don't need to be reminded and I find it rather crass.


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I see from the screen-shot you're using Fastmail (which is superb) too - you should do a review of that as well.

Royal Navy halts Highlands GPS jamming

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I like your thinking in relation to control messages but in practice this would not work. Suppose your mobile is switched off/out of coverage for example, and an SMS was sent out via the pager system, then the recipient would never receive it.

Google hits the boozer with own brand of beer

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The page linked to in the article confirms it's 8.1% ABV.

HeyTell voice messenger

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With WhatsApp you can record and send audio as well as text, images and video, so I don't really have any need for an app that just does one of these things.

Twitter to serve unsolicited ads in Facebook style

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Read the article

"the ads will only appear on the Twitter.com website (as opposed to being pushed out to those using client applications)"

German tap-to-pay telco allies don't need no stinkin' banks

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Mute button

Depends where you're doing your shopping - Morrisons let you adjust the volume of the self-service checkout, all the way down to silent. Asda don't. I don't remember about the rest.

Nepalese gov to nail Everest's bigness in row with China

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Re: wtf?

I'd have no problem dropping the u in colour as it would then require less effort to type.

NotW accused of hacking Milly Dowler's voicemail

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Spoofing is still possible

I've just called into my voicemail (not from my mobile), spoofing the CLI, and got straight in, so this still hasn't been rectified by all mobile networks.

Denmark gets its own NFC consortium

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It will be interesting to see how all this works out.

I'd trust Google over my mobile phone company any day. I like my network as just a bit pipe, thank you very much.

Ten... Premium Android smartphones

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QWERTY keyboards

It doesn't have a 5 row qwerty, but for those interested in a phone running Android with a physical qwerty keyboard there is always the Motorola Pro.

Apple embraces 'n' extends messaging

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I've already watched the keynote. Ping is supported on the iPad, Whatsapp isn't at the moment, but there's no reason why that can't change.

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WhatsApp and Ping

Not sure why we need iMessages which limits you to contacting other iOS users when we already have apps such as WhatsApp and Ping that work across various mobile operating systems.

Three unlimited data plan gets no tie-in option

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PAYG vs Pay Monthly

You can't use unlimited data on PAYG for tethering - their T&Cs specifically exclude this. Unlimited data on pay monthly costs £10 more but includes tethering.

TalkTalk claims wooden spoon for highest level of broadband gripes

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Yes they do, but the figures for mobile specifically exclude complaints from datacard/dongle customers.

I find Three's service reliable and coverage good; I suspect most of the complaints will be due to customers' (often prejudiced) dislike of foreign call centres.

HTC Desire S Android smartphone

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Front facing camera and buttons

The front facing camera is VGA and not 1.3MP as this review suggests.

To the commenters that are against soft buttons - I've recently changed from a HTC Desire to a Samsung Nexus S and the one thing that was really putting me off the Nexus S was the soft buttons, but they're actually a joy to use! The phone gives a little vibrate when you press the buttons so you still get the tactile feedback. I don't miss the physical buttons and think I prefer the soft buttons now anyway plus they're not going to wear out.

iPad 2 3G price-plans compared

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Vodafone data allowance

You've got the inclusive data for the Vodafone £15 a month plan wrong - it's 2GB of cellular data not 1GB. You also get 1GB of WiFi too. You can get an extra 1GB of cellular data for 32p a month more if you go here http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/shop/mobile-broadband-plans/ipad-sim-3gb.


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Only on WiFi

I assume those commenters on the Marketplace saying this app only works on WiFi will be on CDMA networks as they don't support simultaneous voice and data.

Skype to test advertising

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What features have they taken away? Just curious.

Three pushes UNLIMITED data to PAYG punters

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Change your APN

Change your APN to 3internet and you'll overcome that restriction. This works on a contract, no idea about pre-pay.

Apple, Google, RIM in smartphone dead heat

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HTC & webOS

According to that first graphic, HTC have some of the webOS market share. Since when did HTC make a WebOS phone?

O2 boots up boobies blocker

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Re: For the Kids? Bollocks!

You pay £1 and you pay £2.50 less on your next bill. O2 are £1.50 down each time they remove the pr0n block. If this has been done to generate a "cash influx" it's not the brightest idea.

If you're on a contract then they asked you to provide your date of birth when taking out the contract and you had to be over 18. If you were under 18 and lied about your date of birth you will probably have failed the credit check.

You are asked to prove your age to remove the pr0n block as some people who are over 18 take out a contract and give the phone to someone under 18.

So the only bollocks is what you're talking. Whether O2 are justified to place the block by default is another matter.

Antennagate Redux: Consumer Reports condemns Verizon iPhone 4

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It's getting tiring. That's all.

Vodafone signals own-brand handset refresh

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Micro-USB chargers

It's good to see that the 351 (so presumably the others too) have a micro-USB charging socket. Maybe these devices are made by a Chinese company; the Chinese government mandated a single charging standard as way back as 2007.

I remember lots of the big players signing a Memorandum of Understanding to switch to micro-USB a few years ago but still some of them are still using propriety charging standards, it's about time they got their act together.

100s to be contacted in re-opened NotW hacking case

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Default PINs are not the issue!

You cannot access your voicemail from another phone, regardless of what network you're on, until you've changed the PIN from the default.

Vodafone nabs new Nexus

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Re: Not worth it

I also have a Nexus S and a HTC Desire. I bought the Nexus S as using GPS on the Desire caused it to overheat and constantly restart.

I have to say I'm really impressed by the Nexus S.

I've downloaded all the widgets I want from the marketplace. Although the Nexus S is plasticy the build quality seems goo enough. I've not experienced a single crash or reboot.

I've had to restart it a few times because it starts pausing when switching home-screens, but that's all.

I find that I get signal on my Nexus S where I don't on my Desire, the screen is better and the loudspeaker sounds far less tinny.

All in all - I find the Nexus S a great phone and the first smartphone that I've been truly happy with. Each to their own though.

Egypt switches off the internet

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Mobile comms have been restricted once in the UK and that was on 7/7 as you say when ACCOLC was invoked. They only reason they are restricted is to give priority to certain pre-authorised users (emergency services, MPs, etc) in the case of an emergency situation when they may otherwise be unable to make/receive calls due to congestion. Networks don't get restricted because a prisoner is being moved or there is a VIP in town!

Lush website hack 'exposes credit card details'

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Storing credit card details

Why did they even need to store the full card details? Once the payment has been authorised just keep the (encrypted) card number (in case of a charge-back) and delete the expiry date and security digits. The card number alone would be worthless to the hackers.

South African wireless traffic lights pillaged by SIM-card thieves

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Just bar all outgoing calls

*330*barring code# [SEND]

Mobile operators handed content billing blueprint

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Nice rant. It does annoy me how Bill Ray goes on about voice calls subsidising data usage.

How to kill your computer

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Burn it!

Someone I know set fire to his (broken) Powerbook - http://www.flickr.com/photos/scott56r/4585868103/.

3 starts killing off 2G coverage

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3G only

Since being with 3 I find their coverage so good I've turned off 2G anyway. Seeing as I use my mobile mainly for data it was annoying when my phone would get stuck on 2G, when I knew I was in a 3G coverage area. Data over 2G is so slow and unreliable I'd sooner not bother.

The 99p mobile phone: What's the catch?

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The catch

Is the required £10 Virgin top-up surely?