Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Feb 2012 12:22 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones And even more news from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mozilla has announced a partnership with Telefonica and Qualcomm, which will bring Mozilla's Boot to Gecko HTML5-based mobile interface to devices later his year. This is a huge boon for the fully open source environment.
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RE: Comment by lucas_maximus
by Athlander on Mon 27th Feb 2012 14:28 UTC in reply to "Comment by lucas_maximus"
Athlander
Member since:
2008-03-10

True. They also have a nice list of fines for all manner of bad practices. After being fined €152 million by the European Commission in 2007, Neelie Kroes (who was European Union competition commissioner at the time), said Telefonica's activities in the broadband market "harmed Spanish consumers, Spanish businesses and the Spanish economy as a whole, and by extension Europe's economy". (I don't think they have paid the fine, as the last I heard the Spanish governmentis backing their appeal against the decision.)

Tread warily.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I've only just moved to spain, and they have pretty much a monopoly over Spain. Everyone English Spanish speaker I currently spoken to hasn't had anything good to say about them.

Edited 2012-02-27 15:23 UTC

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dariapra Member since:
2012-02-27

Written from Spain by a Spaniard.

Monopoly? Yes and no. I am tired of Telefónica and my Internet connection and cellular phone service are not provided by Telefónica.

On the other hand, there are many places of Spain where the only available services are those offered by Telefónica... but this happens just because other companies refuse to offer them in those areas, since they are no profitable (mountains, low population).

'Legendarily bad customer service'? Yes, but not worse than Vodafone or Orange, which I have also suffered.

Edited 2012-02-27 17:03 UTC

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