IMHO the best column you've written for a long time! A+++++
Vodafone suggests its British parent might scale back its investment in New Zealand as the amount of revenue it earns from each customer declines.
Vodafone NZ is a cash cow - We all know that.
"Why are broadband subscribers still simmering with discontent months after the promised unleashing of the local loop? We examine the complaints, demystify the technology, and ask Telecom if unbundling has left it tangled in knots."
In the story entitled "She's a multi-millionaire and still can't get broadband" it seems that Jenny Gibbs who is worth $30 and lives on Paratai Drive has been trying to get "broadband" for 2 years but can't because the Remuera Exchange is full - even though Telecom said that they only ran out of ports late last year.
It seems that Ms Keown is unaware that Broadband is not a TM of Telecom NZ and that there are other ways of getting "broadband" high speed internet access in Paratai Drive.
How about trying
* Woosh Wireless
* Wired Country offered by numerous ISP's
I am sure there are other wireless providers who can also provide access - post them as a comment if you want the business! :-)
"In October last year, as part of a survey of nearly 450 ten-year-olds,
Telecom found that 57 percent used the Internet as their main source of
homework information, alongside library books at 18 percent,
encyclopaedias at nine percent and text books at four percent."
Is this a scary thought? We all know that the internet is an amazing place but as we all know not everything you read is correct. How accurate is the information that many could be relying on for their homework?
If you are in the Wellington or Christchurch area why not move to TelstraClear? You pay $32.95 per month for the same service, can add cable broadband which is *far* superior to ADSL in every respect and can keep the same telephone number?
What reason is there to stay with Telecom?
"A Hamilton woman who entered a television text competition is fuming that her mobile phone provider refuses to do anything to stop money being taken from her. "
Hellooooo..Welcome to the real world.
I personally think premium rate SMS competitions should be banned in NZ but the simple fact is they aren't. Why is this woman bleating to the media however that Vodafone are some how to blame? If you want to be unsubscribed from the service pay your $3 to send in a TXT which will stop the service.
For once I want to defend Vodafone. I'll be annoyed if you refund this customer due to her stupidity. Compare it to another real world scenario - should Holden be responsible for your speeding tickets if you get caught speeding in one of their cars?
Is this going to be the ultimate must have gadget? Looking at the presentation and specs you really have to wonder whether Apple can do anything wrong. IMHO it's the first device that could be considered to be an iPod killer! As we all know however specs and glossy brochures don't cut it in the real world and we'll have to see how this product compares when it's available.