Buzzing in the tech-based web space is news of the new 3 teaser site.
The site has a countdown clock and a call to “Be part of the revolution”. Besides this we’re left with only the carrot of a curt piece of copy, “It’s coming soon. 13th November. It will change the way you use Facebook on your phone. Trust us, you don’t want to miss out. Be the first to find out more.”
Discussion is speculative, but that’s the idea, 3 are playing it close to their chest. Slash Gear mentions the track history with the 3 Skypephone’s. A collaboration between the carrier brand and VoIP provider that was well received and provided something unique. Is another such partnering in the offing? The Link take the same stance, “3 is not shy of nuzzling up with the hottest web brands out there to create special edition handsets and it looks like Facebook is its latest squeeze.”
If it is true private eye, sleuth standard delving you’re after though, I’d head to T3. They run through the ‘boring’ and ‘exciting’ options, while analysing what the site design might mean, they’re even after your theories if you’ve any. It’s all good stuff to keep one occupied while that timer ticks down…
The grumblings relating to the financial state of our country are referenced in this Mobile Today article that discusses the latest figures regarding 3’s consumer base:
“3 UK emerged from the difficult first half of the year with a net addition of 390,000 customers“.
Good news indeed, and the reason? Well it’s down to that most lovable of mobile, gadget-y critters, the broadband dongle. It appears that high speed internet on the move is want the people want. Despite this increase, the financial squeeze has been felt with 3 customers average spend dropping. An undeniable sign of the times?
Dennis Howlett (www.accmanpro.com) couldn’t believe the following tweet from Paul Walsh:
“I’m using my UK 3G WiFi dongle in HK – no roaming charges as it’s considered as one network. That’s how technology should be used.”
Paul is obviously using his 3 network dongle. Free-spirits on the 3 network will find that they are not charged any additional fees when visiting any other country with a 3 presence. So that’s Hong Kong, Austria, Ireland, Australia, Malaysia, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and Indonesia.
This arrangement is so unusual that Dennis even tried digging through the T&Cs to support or disprove this claim!
How is it that a perfectly reasonable approach to roaming is treated with such disbelief?
The tech-blogs are buzzing of late.
3 have launched a dinky little WiFi router which enables you to plug in your mobile broadband dongle and share your connection with your family, friends or office up to a total of four people.
The news of this latest arrival to 3’s ground-breaking mobile broadband offering has certainly generated plenty of coverage. It works just like any standard router, the difference is you use a dongle rather than a landline and by all accounts is a much better solution and “arguably more attractive and eminently more portable than the lamp stand-influenced T-Mobile effort” according to Trusted Reviews.
A word of warning comes from Gadget Stylist though: “If you are considering replacing your home broadband connection don’t forget to make sure you buy a package with a high enough monthly data allowance.” Excellent point.
The comparison site Broadband Expert set about getting the views and opinions of over 4000 mobile broadband users for their awards. Taking the information from January to September 2008, the competitors went head-to-head in eight categories.
3 shone, bagging four of the eight awards up for grabs. These were best value, best laptop bundle, best pay as you go and best overall provider of mobile broadband. Not a bad haul at all. This success led William Harvey, Technical Expert for Broadband Expert to state, “3 have led the way in reducing the cost of mobile broadband forcing other providers to bring down prices to stay competitive.” This is something that will keep the 3 peeps happy, not only snagging awards, but maintaining challenger brand status while doing so.
Ant took the opportunity of that most rare occasion, a sunny day across our fair land, to put to the test his new Sony Ericsson W595 from 3 by taking a few snaps.
He does have a “few gripes” but admits these are potentially to do with the fact he is yet to become entirely familiar with the device, having had it for only a few days. After the pics and initial reaction Ant turns his attention to the Darkside, the launch event he attended for the device. Think spook-a-thon with the W595 at the heart of the ghoulish activities.
Ant finishes by name checking some of the other attendees including AdonisMobile and Ben from Mobile Industry Review.
Engadget posted Friday about the new handset coming from the new arm of Hutchison, INQ. The device known as the INQ1 may appear to be a simple slider with a decent screen, but there is a lot more going on under the bonnet. There is more than meets the eye to the INQ1 – we’re talking a handset that has Facebook fully integrated, along with Windows Live Messenger, Ebay tracker and a complete Webkit browser.
Cell Phones etc state the device’s difference early on, “how about a social-networking centric phone?” How about it indeed? You see, that’s what the INQ1 is and does. Mobile Phones Reviewtalks target market, “the INQ1 which is set to target the social networking hungry youths”. The killer on this is that the device will be affordable. It looks by all accounts to be a Social Media phone for the masses!
So what do you think about the integration of such services on a handset as opposed to the go-through-browser option?
3’s Nokia N96 is already a best seller! UK Gadgeteer has covered this, stating that the since the device was only just released that the figures are based on first week sales.
“With 3UK pricing it at £30 per month (with no upfront cost to buy the phone), 3 UK are claiming this is the cheapest price you can obtain the Nokia N96 over an 18 month contract direct from the networks.”
The post finishes with a mention of 3’s other ‘proving-to-be-popular’ Nokia device, the E71, posing the question – which would you prefer?