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Scoop's Alastair Thompson was on TV3 yesterday explaining a bit of Ffunnell. Click the image to see the video on Scoop.
Looking forward to meeting some of you there.
We started walking in to take our seats - we were the first couple in - and the pre-roll ads were... rolling already. Cadbury Eyebrows was just at its last ten seconds or so...
The cinema had to show the ads, even if no one was there to actually watch them.
And that made me think how companies still put money into some advertisers that don't give a damn to their contractual obligations - like this cinema screening an at to no one in particular, but still counting the "impression".
Some still wonder why advertising money is flowing from newspapers, cinema and TV to on-line, where ad delivery and responses can be measured with ease. It just makes more sense.
Let me also be clear about what we will not do. Our pursuit of cybersecurity will not -- I repeat, will not include -- monitoring private sector networks or Internet traffic. We will preserve and protect the personal privacy and civil liberties that we cherish as Americans. Indeed, I remain firmly committed to net neutrality so we can keep the Internet as it should be -- open and free.
Here is the video (transcript available):
I will be there as one of the judges, wearing my black I.T. Rockstart t-shirt:
Ivy Worldwide runs some great programs bringing bloggers and tech writers together with some big companies - it was through them that I got to engage with brand names such as HP, AMD, AT&T and others.
To get going visit Ivy Worldwide to check the contest rules, and work on a cool logo design for them...
The problem is Vodafone's mix of WCDMA 2100 MHz in the main centres and WCDMA 900 MHz elsewhere doesn't go well with the main prize. The Dell Inspiron Mini 9 is listed on Vodafone's own website as "2100 MHz WCDMA" (it's actually 850/2100MHz) meaning it won't work on 3G outside the main cities.
Yes you got it right: when taking in account 3G coverage the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 Vodafone is giving away would work better on a competitor's WCDMA 850 MHz network than on Vodafone's own.
This is the same embarrasing situation they currently have with their Apple iPhone 3G offer.
I know more and more devices will be coming out with 900/2100 MHz WCDMA. But reality is Vodafone can't just replace their current 900MHz GSM gear with 900 MHz WCDMA gear without impacting coverage for their customers still using 2G handsets - which I would think are still in the millions now.
When it comes to 3G wars, the advantage is on Telecom's XT Network side for now. They were able to deploy a completely new WCDMA 850 MHz network that won't conflict with their existing CDMA 800 MHz service - and with the same coverage, something Vodafone can't match on a single network.
People will be able to move to the new network as they wish and there's a clear target for that - 2012. And there are devices out there working on this band already (thanks to Telstra in Australia and AT&T Wireless in the U.S. who deployed this type of network nationwide creating the market).
The rumours are that a new Dell with a 900/2100 MHz card is in the works and should be out soon. Like the Apple iPhone rumours we have to wait and see. Meanwhile some link love to the Vodafone 3G Guy and the ripoff site 3G Guy Goes Rural.
Update: It seems some people didn't like Vodafone asking for their followers to spam Twitter to be in to win a notebook.
I've swapped my XT Network SIM card from my handset to the Sierra Wireless 885 USB Modem. No CD in the box - the software is automatically installed from the USB device, which can also be used as a media card reader. The software announced a firmware update was available and I let it do the update.
No problems at installing on Windows 7 RC 64 bit - so I guess it should work well with all other previous versions of Windows - and Mac OS X software is on the USB memory too...
After this I clocked the performance on this device. So here is the user interface and the speed test results:
I have now received an Acer F900 Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen), swapped the SIM card, and got 100% faster mobile data traffic:
The XT Network is shapping up to be a good thing...