Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Aug 2012 15:27 UTC
Apple Vlad Savov at The Verge: "Today's been rather a momentous day in the UK mobile arena, following local regulator Ofcom's approval of Everything Everywhere's plans to use existing spectrum to roll out LTE service early. Vodafone, O2 and Three have complained in unison against the market distortions that would result from one carrier having 4G while everyone else waits for an oft-delayed auction, but their biggest fear may yet remain unspoken: a de facto exclusive on the next iPhone."
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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by henderson101 on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 10:42 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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There aren't a "few" black holes. As a real world example - there is no 2G (let alone 3G) on the train mainline from the South Coast between Petersfield and Guildford. Not on O2, not on Vodafone and not on 3. Given O2 and Vodafone together are close to 50% of the UK carrier market, isn't that pretty pathetic? That's 40 minutes of a 1.5 hour journey on the mainline commuter backbone! From Guildford, the reception is spotty, and the closer you get to central London, the more bogged down it is and the slower the speed is. And yet we now have WiFi on the Tube? I'd LOL if it wasn't so depressing.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 10:48 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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Before I had an iPhone I used an iPod touch on the train. The stations had free WiFi, but often before I managed to make a working connection the train would start moving again. Around this time I started to dislike web apps a lot.

Recently I spend 4 days in Belgium in a resort. I found an open WiFi, but I never got an IP address. Tried it every day (while waiting in the snack bar queue). I assumed it was not for visitor use, but part of some system. When we left we could fill out a form grading all the resort services, this included use of the free WiFi(!).

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by henderson101 on Wed 22nd Aug 2012 13:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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Not really luxury - none of that stations on that line have WiFi to attach to. Even Waterloo has pretty crappy Cloud and BT Openzone that is slower than 2G most of the time. I used to pair my N800 with an old SE phone (can't remember the model, probably a K800) and get gprs speeds. That was class. It also cost me a bomb.

As for your router issues - either it wasn't giving out IP addresses (and you might have been able to fake a real address and connect) or it might just have been broken.

One of my neighbours has the only open access point around my home address. No idea who, but it is open... just not connected to the internet. It'll happily allow you to connect, but there's no network behind it. I port scanned it once and I don't think there's even any hardware attached.

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