What is GiffGaff? The best, cheapest mobile network I’ve used!

Get a free Giffgaff SimSmartphones are great. I got a beautiful Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone this time last year and don’t think I’ll ever go back to a dumb/feature phone again. Part of the reason smartphones are so smart is that they have an always on internet connection. Unfortunately, the big mobile phone networks/carriers in the UK (Orange, Vodafone, Three & O2) see this as a great opportunity to squeeze even more money out of you. My phone was originally on Three’s network and although they had great speeds if you went over their measly data allowance you got charged a hefty sum. One month I got charged £15 for data alone! When I called their customer services I was told I’d have to pay if I wanted this itemised and it was my fault for going over the allowance. After about 30 minutes of arguing and being put on hold I gave up, chucked out the Three SIM card and looked into better value options.

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What is the Post-PC era and are we there yet?

IBM PCI picked up on a debate between Michael Greenland and Simon May questioning whether we are living in a Post-PC era, or to put it another way, do we still need PCs?

They both summarise their thoughts well and at first I agreed with both of them to some extent. However, in my opinion, neither of them go far enough.

Michael thinks we are already Post-PC as he explains on his blog. he backs this up by saying on his blog

… many people are carrying around with them a smartphone that is as fast, in terms of processor speed, as a laptop in 2003. In other words – the device in our pocket can do a similar job to a laptop from seven years ago.

So – why are we ‘Post-PC’? The rub here – is that entire businesses, can now be run away from a fixed location – or away from a laptop…

The mass population though, as group of users are now stepping away from the ‘box’, and bringing ‘The Grid’ with them…

Simon counters this by saying that the Wikipedia definition for a PC needs updating, his blog reads

… A lot of people are wedded to the idea that the PC is a grey box ‘o bits on your desk with a keyboard and a mouse.  It’s not.  It’s a human enablement device something that lets you do something in a general purpose way, an affordable price and in the right size (read that as form factor).  That form factor is going to change because technology changes as will the price, as will what people want to do with it.  So the premise for my believing that we are not in the post PC era is that what we are in the post grey box era and people saw an object and believed it to be a definition…

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Ever wondered what the 3G+ icon means on your Smartphone? Is that 4G?

4G pictureI I was reading a well worded explanation of what the catch-all term “4G” is over on blog.three.co.uk.

I was really pleased to hear their plans on 4G. I have heard the term used a lot on US blogs and it didn’t seem very straight-forward. I wasn’t even sure if the UK would be using the term.

3g-plusI have a Samsung Omnia 7 and that gets great data speeds. That could be partly down to the new IE browser on Windows Phone 7 though. In most areas I get a “3G+” icon in the top corner instead of just “3G”. This made me wonder am I getting the HSPA+ service already? That would mean I could potentially get speeds up to 128Mbps!

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