Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jun 2012 20:27 UTC
Google So yeah, Google totally just won the conference showdown by easily beating both Apple and Microsoft. Not only did Google announce Android 4.1 with some really cool new features, a cheap but non-crippled tablet, and a new Android device called the Nexus Q, but they also opened up pre-orders for Google Glass. So yeah.
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Note: a bit OT.

I also thought so, until two things happened, i). I wanted to buy a cheap but decent speed home net connection in the U.S. and ii). I wanted to buy a mobile (oh, sorry cell) phone in the U.S. In both cases I was laughing at first, then became a bit shocked, then after a while, just gave up searching for things that didn't exist. I mean come on, hilarious prices, plus in many cases a very low number of ISPs to choose from, also cell plans in most cases ridiculous (just see how and what they include and the associated prices, also look at roaming options and prices).

Additionally, now they're going backwards (at least from my European point of view) "introducing" traffic based capped monthly plans for broadband ;)

So yes, while in many things the U.S. is cool, broadband and cell plans and prices do not belong in that category.

The US mobile phone network is a joke - two incompatible technologies and charging customers who receive voice calls/text messages; if there is anything more f-ckedup than that I would love to hear about it.

As for traffic based capped monthly plans - we have it in NZ but that is due to the fact that 99% of data NZ users pull on is located outside of New Zealand, we have a small population and the cost of laying international cables is prohibitively expensive. Add to that the crappy backbone we have in NZ which is only just being addressed, the pricing mechanism is about the only thing left that can offset the crappy backbone and expensive nature of our international connection. As for why it is happening in the US - the media companies own the cable companies and they want to make sure that they can keep sucking money from the end users pocket by ensuring that they're dependent on the cable service for their entertainment needs rather than going for a bare cable internet and use something like netflix, hulu or some other service. By putting a price on traffic it restricts people thus any viewing of shows is pushed back onto their cable television service which is 'unmet red' by very profitable for the cable service.

Edited 2012-06-29 07:36 UTC

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