Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Nov 2009 20:44 UTC
Editorial Most of us here like gadgets. Things with displays, LEDs, or stuff that otherwise lights up in the dark and makes cool noises. There is this one gadget I had been waiting for to come out in The Netherlands for quite a while now, but at some point a limit was reached, and today I decided to do a complete 180 and buy a competing product.
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RE[2]: O2
by cycoj on Tue 3rd Nov 2009 23:29 UTC in reply to "RE: O2"
cycoj
Member since:
2007-11-04

"what I don't quite understand, why didn't you buy an O2 palm from Germany? They are not locked, you don't have to get into a contract the only thing is that O2 is the exclusive distributor. IMO getting a phone by paying upfront is almost always a better deal than getting it on contract.


No it's not. I have to pay my cell contract anyway, and phone or no phone, that's 30 EUR a month for 200min, 200txt msg, and unlimited data@2mbps. I get the iPhone for 99EUR with this contract. Without the iPhone, the contract would still be 30EUR a month - only now, you want me to pay 600 EUR for an unlocked Pre.
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You guys don't have better deals on contracts without phone? I thought they do have them pretty much everywhere in the world. AFAIK in Germany they do, definitely here in OZ, although you might need to move away from one of the big providers. On a side note it's quite amazing how many small providers with very unique plans they have here in OZ.


That's idiotic. On top of that - Germans use a QWERTZ keyboard, we use QWERTY.


Interesting I always assumed dutch keyboards where QWERTZ as well, considering how similar Dutch and German are.

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RE[3]: O2
by dagw on Tue 3rd Nov 2009 23:46 in reply to "RE[2]: O2"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Same here in Sweden. Most of the time you can choose between paying less (or nothing) for your phone and pay more per month on your contract or buy your phone at full price and pay less per month. Generally speaking it works out to about the same in total over the length of you contract.

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RE[3]: O2
by Chaos_One on Wed 4th Nov 2009 06:54 in reply to "RE[2]: O2"
Chaos_One Member since:
2005-07-18

We use QWERTY, but we also use American keyboards despite there being Dutch ones.

Don't give a Dutch keyboard to a Dutch person though or they'll get confused about the layout.

In other European contries I visited they do use their own "national" keyboard, making it very tricky to type your password. My trick is to set the layout to US and type blind.

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RE[4]: O2
by SReilly on Wed 4th Nov 2009 08:51 in reply to "RE[3]: O2"
SReilly Member since:
2006-12-28

Over here in Luxembourg we tend to use a QWERTZ Swiss French keyboard. It's pretty cool as you can type in almost all western European languages without resorting to alt key combinations.

The biggest problem for me are Belgium companies or retailers. They tend to either use or sell AZERTY keyboards which are very confusing to someone who uses either QWERTZ or QWERTY. I couldn't count the amount of times I've had to install a different layout on a laptop, then change the default user account setting in WinXP for a user.

In the end, I'm glad I'm moving to London. One keyboard layout to rule them all!!!

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RE[3]: O2
by jal_ on Wed 4th Nov 2009 08:51 in reply to "RE[2]: O2"
jal_ Member since:
2006-11-02

Interesting I always assumed dutch keyboards where QWERTZ as well, considering how similar Dutch and German are.


Your mistake then. Dutch and German may be similar linguistically, their spelling is quite different. In Belgium they write Dutch with a French AZERTY keyboard. Now that's weird ;) .

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RE[4]: O2
by Dryhte on Wed 4th Nov 2009 10:26 in reply to "RE[3]: O2"
Dryhte Member since:
2008-02-05


Your mistake then. Dutch and German may be similar linguistically, their spelling is quite different. In Belgium they write Dutch with a French AZERTY keyboard. Now that's weird ;) .


Inaccurate ;) Don't give me (Flemish Belgian) a French Azerty, because they frustrate me to no end with their weird interpunction placement.

Wikipedia: All letters are the same as on the French keyboard, but some punctuation signs (? ! @ - _ + = §) are in different positions. Unlike French AZERTY which has English terms such as "Escape" translated as "échap", the Belgian layout uses the traditional English words and terminology for all keys.


Edited 2009-11-04 10:29 UTC

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RE[4]: O2
by Dryhte on Wed 4th Nov 2009 10:28 in reply to "RE[3]: O2"
Dryhte Member since:
2008-02-05

double post - deleted

Edited 2009-11-04 10:33 UTC

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