iPhone: Orange vs O2

Based on Ofcom’s December 2008 3G coverage maps, expect to see Orange adverts in the near future featuring solely this…





Have a look at the full OfCom report on 3G coverage on their site.  Official announcement from Orange here.

UPDATE NOV ’09: Table comparison of O2 vs Orange pricing here from Pocket-Lint.

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Does Android Dream of Electric Waves?

WaveDroidSince its announcement two years ago, Google’s Android platform has had a bit of an underwhelming start, at least until the last few months when the new HTC Hero handsets seem to have provided a proper backdrop to do it justice.

The platform itself has been bouncing along its Cupcake development branch and the 1.5 update offered a bevy of new improvements in much the same way that companies traditionally do. However, when it comes to features that place it noticeably head and shoulders above the competition, Android has been rather lacking.

Perhaps Flash is a killer feature for some but it’s not the revolution one might hope for.

Google Wave, on the other hand, could be.  


Follow Friday – 18 Sept 09

Some telecoms examples for today's Follow Friday blog post.  Enjoy…

@guyatcarphone – Among generally worthwhile tweets, there are also interesting updates on cellular reception as the network inevitably collapses around the country.  A good idea and worth having on the roster just in case. Example Tweet:

Carphone Warehouse customer service alert: Customers in the DG12 postal code area may currently be experiencing loss of GSM and GPRS service

@sevendotzero – Jonathan Jensen, The man knows about mobile things. Bit supporter of .tel and worth quizzing on the subject.  Tends to be at the forefront of breaking news and speaking to the people involved. Example Tweet:

Good chat this morning about developments in WiFi with @mattcooke & @Nick_Sutton. New @ipass stuff happening with iPhone & Blackberry.

@mobileIP – Another example of a Twitter account accompanied by a great blog, "A Look Inside the Cloud".  Really interesting and informed insight into the Telecoms market, goes way beyond the superficial and teaches amateurs like me a thing or two.  It's a hidden gem and based on the content, should be on more peoples' radar. Example Tweet:

OFCOM releases first ever UK 3G coverage map … great news if you're a sailor, less so if you're from Norfolk!


Vodafone (femto)selling half of the future

femtoGood news about Vodafone’s femtocell product but I believe it’s only a hop and step into the triple jump of FMC. Still, I guess you have to start somewhere.

If you’re within your house though, why not just switch to WiFi and use VoIP? About time we showed these cellular companies who’s the boss and hurried technology further up their agenda.
After all, it’s not until the music industry faced the threat of piracy that we ended up with the wonderful Spotify.
If they won’t jump, maybe it’s time to start pushing…
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Sometimes business just ain’t pretty

Today saw a million angry iPhone worshippers all cry out at once as Apple revealed the ‘shocking’ news that they won’t be giving each customer hundreds of pounds worth of hardware for free. Or at least, not this time…

A number of thoughts strike me on this.

One, the free upgrade of last summer served its purpose; it sent the userbase through the roof and opened the door to a long term cash generator in the App Store. At the time, many laughed and claimed Apple were reacting to disappointing uptake at the £275 launch price.

However, in reality this early adopter tax filled the coffers while they waited for the real money-making dynamic to arrive. With these observations, how should we consider this year’s launch?