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Podcast Episode 12

Mr MacLeod is back from his desert island this week and we’re back in SMS Text News Towers too – normal service has been resumed. This week we preview Ewan’s write-ups on the technology he took with him – the stuff that made it through customs and the stuff that didn’t. We also celebrate Orange’s entry to the 21st century with a sensible data tariff and their latest customer, talk about Yahoo’s developer platform ‘Blueprint’, handset pricing, unlimited drinks Dublin and our usual ‘things of the week’.

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Private Mobile Network: First look!

Now I’ve got the Private Mobile Network from Teleware in my hands, I’ve been putting it through it’s paces. Whilst it’s rather complex (bordering on arousing, for a geek like me) technology, it’s actually very simple to operate. Want a mobile network? Heh! Simple! You just switch it on. Wait a few minutes for it […]

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Rocking back to the UK with my PMN and a massive todo list

That’s me returned back to Blighty. A buggy whisked me from the SMS Text News villa to the seaplane. The seaplane took me through a timezone (-1) to Male and that’s where I stood sweating and every so slightly panicking about whether or not I’d be able to get this Private Mobile Network (PMN) unit […]

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The President of the Maldives to the rescue!

Mundhu, the Spokesperson to the President of the Maldives has sorted it. I had a continuing nightmare over the last week and a bit with my prized ‘private mobile network’ test unit from Teleware stuck in Customs at Male Airport, here in the Maldives. The nightmare, it turns out, is all of my very own […]

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Help, my private mobile network is still in Customs

Aye, it’s no good. Despite the initial valiant efforts of Aisha at the Ministry of Information, I’ve heard nothing from the Customs folk, nor Aisha herself. That’s the end of the day here in the Maldives. The end of the day on Thursday heralds the arrival of the Maldives weekend. So nothing’s gonna be happening […]

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I’m in the hands of Aisha at the Ministry of Information

I called up the Ministry of Information this morning. Somebody answered! I was put through to a lady who then put me through to Aisha, who listened to my issue. “It really doesn’t take a week!” she replied, after I explained that I was waiting for Customs to contact her Ministry. “Ah really?” I said, […]

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“That M1330 of yours is nice, how do you find it?”

Cover me in marmalade and call me Susannah! I was sat in the Dhoni (the boat) the other night with Marcus, the Director of Operations for The Conrad Rangali Island. “It was you I saw in the bar this morning wasn’t it?” He asked. “Errr,” was my initial response. “With the M1330 and the Air?” […]

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Remember to think about the batteries with The Flip!

I have been snorkeling. Probably one of the only times that I don’t take my mobile phone with me when I go out. Sad, but true. But you’re the same, right? I did, however, take The Flip. In fact, if I’m totally honest, The Flip is the major reason that I agreed to snorkeling in […]

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I’m in the hands of Aisha at the Ministry of Information

I called up the Ministry of Information this morning. Somebody answered! I was put through to a lady who then put me through to Aisha, who listened to my issue. “It really doesn’t take a week!” she replied, after I explained that I was waiting for Customs to contact her Ministry. “Ah really?” I said, […]

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The Maldives Government: It’s 4pm and no one’s home

Last Monday, your intrepid reporter — that’s me — arrived on the ground at Male Airport at just past 9am local time. By 10am, my Private Mobile Network — 20,000 pounds worth of technology and telecommunications brilliance, loaned to me by the nice people at Teleware — had been impounded by the rather blank-looked but […]

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Podcast Episode 10

This week Ewan’s still on his desert island but has managed to send us an update anyway. Ben, James and Dan discuss the launch of Nokia’s E71, Dan’s self-build phone, James’ upcoming Glastonbury trip, Canadian mobile data, proposals for incoming call charges by an EU commissioner, Unlimited Drinks Dublin as well as the usual shouts and ‘things of the week’.

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Product on the beach shots = pain

I was out today in the midday sun, taking pictures of the various products we’ve been given to check out in desert island conditions. I wore a hat to keep the sun off and some long shorts, but I negated to think about my arms. They are, as a result of the prolonged exposure, not […]