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Devices

3’s E586 MiFi: Blown away by the ridiculously fast speed!

  So as I wrote earlier, I’m waiting for my BT Infinity service to be connected tomorrow so I’m using my all new 3 E586 MiFi that I got last week. (Do read about the rather frustrating circumstances of that.) I thought I’d do another post about the MiFi just to illustrate how good I’m […]

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Operators

My new 3 Huwaei E586 MiFi: Faster than 65% of UK connections

That image there highlights just how good the all new 3 MiFi (Model: E586) is when it comes to offering a usable internet connection. Indeed, this connection isn’t just usable, according to Speedtest.net, it’s actually better than 65% of the rest of the United Kingdom. Love it. I’m using this at home in Ascot and […]

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Operators Opinion

If an operator is charging users for Facebook roaming, should they pay a license fee?

This post ties rather neatly in with my previous one (Would you pay €2 to use Facebook on the beach?) regarding roaming. Now then, what happens if operators were to deploy these rather innovative plans such as the one mentioned above? It’s a topic I’ve been exploring whilst I’ve been on-site at MACH Insights 2011. […]

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News

This post brought to you via Vodafone data

Thank you Vodafone. Thank you for the £2/day-for-25mb deal. It’s good enough to make posts like this possible. The photo I’ve attached here (snapped on-the-go from the taxi window) is 1.6mb. Sending this to the web would normally cost me £2-3 once you take into account the surrounding data overhead. Thanks to Vodafone’s opt-in European […]

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Opinion

Help: I need a system for rating internet connections in Parisian hotels

Here I am then, typing to you from the 6th Floor of the Pullman Rive Gauche hotel in Paris. The most distinguishing feature of this hotel for me? Well, it’s opposite the Reed Midem headquarters where I’m doing quite a lot of work for their Connected Connectivity event. It takes about 60 seconds to walk […]

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Operators

“That’s enough to update your Facebook status around 3 times a day”

Thanks to the reader who DM’ed me this afternoon on Twitter to highlight this page on the Orange UK website. If you happen to be a ‘Monkey’ customer and you top up more than £5 once a month, you’ll get a whopping data allowance. Please make sure you are not eating any cornflakes before you […]

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Devices Operators

While I’m at it, 3UK’s roaming deal is a bunch of bollocks too

Kudos to Vodafone for actually ponying up the balls to charge users just £2 for the first 25mb of roaming data. Yes I’m flipping annoying that charging reverts to £1/meg after that amount, but at least we’re getting somewhere. £2 is highly reasonable in the context of Three’s pricing charges. By default, 3UK insist you […]

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Operators Opinion Services

Let’s kill ‘unlimited’ once and for all?

Ben Smith over at the all new Wireless Worker site makes a rather challenging point about the mobile data market: We have a chance – let’s kill ‘unlimited’ once and for all The word ‘unlimited’ has been abused too much and too long by telecoms companies to be rehabilitated. It should be killed off now we […]

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News

Getting an iPad? 3UK’s micro-sim is £15 for 10GB/month

3 have announced their rather competitive deals for the iPad. Here are the simple choices: – 1GB monthly rolling contract: £7.50/month – 10GB monthly rolling contract: £15/month Now that sounds pretty good, right? Well it’ll sound even better when you check Vodafone’s iPad price plan which tops out at £25/month for 5GB. Vodafone would have […]

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T-Mobile’s data dongle declared best in UK tests

Congratulations to the data team at T-Mobile UK who have been named Dongle on The Move Winner in the Broadband Genie Road Trip 2010 Awards. The chaps over at Broadband Genie took USB dongles from each of the major UK networks and tested them out during a two-day 350 mile road trip. They then subjected […]

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T-Mobile UK launches some reasonably decent European data roaming deals

T-Mobile has stepped up to the plate with some new data bundles which are reasonably competitive. Here they are: – 3MB for £1 with about 15 minutes online checking email (lasts 24hrs) – 20MB for £5 with about 2 hours online usage (lasts 24hrs) – 50MB for £10 with one days use (lasts 24hrs) – […]

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Verizon: America’s Best 3G Network – I just became a customer

I’m demonstrating some mobile applications this week. Some of the applications that I’m showing off rely on a decent internet connection. They’re not asking for terabytes of capacity, just a good sustained 10k/sec throughput now and again. Unfortunately I’m in America: The land of rubbish GSM mobile data speeds. AT&T’s network runs like a tired […]