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#22457 28-May-2008 22:06
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Now imagine your a average Joe Bloggs looking for a broadband deal

This is a little confusing. Are they being sarcastic saying i nolonger need a landline or are they being serious and saying joe bloggs does need a landline otherwise hes going to be paying more.

Anyone else confused or do I need to go and have a sleep and recharge?

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  #133993 28-May-2008 22:16
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I've got my local paper and it has a more obvious banner at the bottom:

You need a landline like whales need Japan


EDIT: ... and also along with my paper, some random piece of junk mail reading:

You need a landline like a letterbox needs junk mail

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  #134065 29-May-2008 09:32
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Hmmm .. so if you don't have a landline what do you do about emergency calls ? .. mobiles are OK if you have one, but if you can't talk (say you had a heart attack and just manage to tap out the number) they have a hell of a job working out your position.


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  #134086 29-May-2008 10:39
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What a horrible, confusing, pointless advert. Yep, thats Woosh!

I mean, why do they pay people to sit down and bang out nonsense like that when they could be doing something to get their network up to a standard where performance is acceptable and consistent?


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  #135507 4-Jun-2008 18:10
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Mark: Hmmm .. so if you don't have a landline what do you do about emergency calls ? .. mobiles are OK if you have one, but if you can't talk (say you had a heart attack and just manage to tap out the number) they have a hell of a job working out your position.

WOOSH provides a phone'line' through their wireless broadband services. Works like normal phone. The guts of it is VOIP. You don't need a phone line to access their internet, and your normal phone just plugs into their gear. YOu can get two phonelines through one system, as far as I know, making room for a phone or fax machine on another number I guess. The sales tactic here is dump your hard-line and go wireless, albeit a little hard to understand once it's turned into jokes.

One thing I was quite pleasantly surprised by was that my cordless phone IDz numbers. This was an even better surprise coz I didn't even know the phone supported caller ID. I'm pretty sure you have to pay telecom for that data to be sent down the line! Woosh never told me that this would happen. The other pleasant surprise was call waiting. Another thing i learned by accident. If they don't tell customers this, then I wonder how many people don't know what that beep means when another call is coming in. That's how I found out I had it, was lucky enough to have a call come through while I was on the line.

I'd say if you dialled 111 but couldn't talk, it wouldn't take 'em long to find your address. It would make sense to me that when they trace the number to Woosh, they'll know just who to ask for your address, that is if that information isn't already made readily accessible to the emergency services.

I don't subscribe to the belief that if you call 111 from a mobile they can't figure out where you are. That seems ludicrous. I don't know how right I am about this, but I'm pretty sure mobile phones these days are sophisticated enough to make it possible for the 'agents' to trace you on a map, rewind it, fast forward it, etc. After all, those NAVMAN things in cars can do it, and they opertate on the same technologies. If not phones, then at least those could be. forget what the offial voices say, in a watch from afar investigation, it would be useful to study your usual routine, that drive to work, the different options you took to avoid traffic or whether you pretty much always stick to the same route no matter what, etc etc. and Watch to spot anomalies in your behaviour, or whether it looked like you were going to make that 'expected move'. It may not be admissable as 'evidence' the HOW they caught you red-handed, but as long as they caught you red-handed, they'd never have to identify the real 'how' they did it.

If this isn't being done, I expect it to be done. It's an edge that is needed. It's an edge I'd expect to use if I was in the industry of tracking people down or spying on them. I believe that it is ignorance that leads people to believe the BS that 'it's hard to figure out where someone is from a cell-phone' because to me, and all the 'news' and drama exclaiming at the difficulty of it all is really just a cover for the possible truth being that they CAN and DO track people with this technology.

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#136902 10-Jun-2008 09:44
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I was reading this and there is a full stop at the end of the sentence "YOU NEED A LANDLINE LIKE PAUL NEEDS HEATHER
SHE'S NO LONGER REQUIRED AND NEITHER IS A LANDLINE IF YOU WANT GREAT VALUE FROM WOOSH." So I think they are saying that no landline is needed for getting broadband from them, you have misread it by adding the start of the sentence at the end of what they are saying. I don't understand why some people are offended or find this sort of advertising pointless. Isn't advertising there to grab your attention so it cuts through the media clutter? At least it's not porn or something violent and bloody. I just want to say I did study Marketing 101. Tongue out

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  #138149 15-Jun-2008 12:16
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Here's another that I've got from yesterday's local paper:

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  #138191 15-Jun-2008 16:28
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Wow, more marketing ingenuity from Woosh! Undecided


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  #139007 18-Jun-2008 17:09
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What is really sad, is that you actually need a hole to fill up the gas tank..


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#139028 18-Jun-2008 18:58
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Woosh? wow are they still around?

yup, Still locking you into $12 month contracts with a break fee of a massive $200 for a modem you don't even own.

Half the links on their page give runtime errors, ugh.... stay away.

I'm currently thinking of a white faced mouse character with big black round ears.

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  #139030 18-Jun-2008 19:04
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OT, but......

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