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Breaking radio silence [Monday 1st October 2007 at 12:38 pm]
Thomas

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Intertubes ordered. All being well, I should be online with something decent before the week's out.

I must say Vodafone's GPRS support is pretty good for what it is. 15MB for a quid is cheap compared to most, and goes suprisingly far when you're being stingy about images, though this is "helped" by their servers recompressing all JPEGs and GIFs. The Bluetooth link is also actually behaving itself, with a range of nearly the whole apartment. It does tax the cellphone somewhat, and the UI is noticeably slower with an active GPRS link.

Slightly disappointed that Virgin Media's offering is only a USB modem, but I do have a rather old hardware router that's designed to work with such a device (as far as I know there was only one model of router that actually did this). There's also an old 802.11g access point lurking under my desk. Between them I've got more functionality than most all-in-one units, not to mention more reliability - in a previous life the kit had an uptime measured in years (yes, plural). Who needs new kit, when the old is better?
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[User Picture]From: talismancer
Monday 1st October 2007 at 5:41 pm (UTC)
Welcome back to the interweb, good to have you again
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[User Picture]From: talismancer
Monday 1st October 2007 at 5:41 pm (UTC)
ooo, I like your comment boxes, they're black headered
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Tuesday 2nd October 2007 at 12:36 am (UTC)
I actually need to fix that - black is good, but reading dark blue text on black backgrounds is not easy.
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[User Picture]From: ralesk
Tuesday 2nd October 2007 at 12:19 am (UTC)
I pay about 13 HUF per 10KiB on GPRS :|

Which is like 54 quid for 15 Megs.

Okay, there are better packages, but nowhere, nowhere close to that.

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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Tuesday 2nd October 2007 at 12:35 am (UTC)
Vodafone's plan in the UK is GBP1 (EUR1.4ish) for the first 1MB (or possibly 0.5MB), then free up to 15MB, then expensive. This on a pay-as-you-go account too.

I have to admit, I'm beginning to wonder how Vodafone can do things like this (there's a similar deal for voice calls evenings and weekends - pay for first 3min of each call, rest of the hour free, then expensive). Either they're slowly comitting suicide by lack of money, or everyone else is creaming so much off the top that Vodafone's still making a healthy profit. Given that they've been doing this for a while now, I think it's the latter.
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[User Picture]From: ralesk
Tuesday 2nd October 2007 at 12:50 am (UTC)
They do the same with calls here, dunno about their data tariffs… but in exchange, it costs about an arm and a leg to call a Voda number from something else.
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[User Picture]From: ralesk
Tuesday 2nd October 2007 at 12:52 am (UTC)
Or uh, not exactly the same, but still, dirt cheap, compared to the other two providers (except in certain cases like weekday daytime calls).
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From: pewterfish
Tuesday 2nd October 2007 at 12:06 pm (UTC)
As ralesk says, calling Voda phones is rather expensive. Also, I have it from /reliable sources/ that their data network is massively underutilised, and they're currently trying like hell to attract enough users to justify its installation cost to management.

"Who needs new kit, when the old is better?" - Users, in my experience. Techies want what works, and is proven reliable.
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