BT launches combined broadband and calls package

January 18, 2010

John Rees in the Mail on Sunday suggests revenues from broadband are likely to be up in the nine months to the end of December. TalkTalk, the Carphone Warehouse’s fixed-line division have substantially increased their broadband customers to 4.16 billion (up by 46,000  in the last quarter) following their aquisition of Tiscali in May 2009.

The fixed-line market was boosted too when O2 unveiled plans to offer, land-line services. Likewise, BT has just launched a combined broadband and Anytime calls package – its first bundled offer since restraints were lifted by the regulator last year. BT has additionally launched a high-speed fibre network of up to 40 Mbps by activating four exchanges in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Taffs Well, near to Cardiff.  BT’s Openreach wholesale business is ready to take orders from Internet service providers - for more details visit www.bt.com - learn more and be at the head of the queue.

Apple in top ten noughties

January 9, 2010

Marc Ferranti writing for Macworld 2 January 2010 confirms that Apple products were leading the tech markets in the noughties and two of the top ten tech stories of the decade were the iPod launched in October 2001 and the iPhone in June 2007. Apple products are riding high and this accolade from MacWorld confirms that its design mojo can still outsmart its competitors.

The iPhone combination of cool design, phone functions, Internet connectivity and multimedia features have raised the bar for its competitors. The iPhone excels for ease of use  – the handset can be used without referring to a manual. The iPhone’s add on apps outshine any other smartphone. iPhone’s app store has 100,000 applications -that is more than three times as many as any rival.

The Sunday Times In Gear journalist Mark Harris suggests that it’s hard to imagine other stores catching up for years, if ever. Albeit, Nokia still has the largest share of the mobile market but competition is strong with the BlackBerry coming second and Apple third. Nokia is being challenged on all sides and its market share is looking vulnerable as Google introduces its smartphone rival, Nexus One, this Easter the marketing leaders battle for a larker slice of the cake. You, the consumer hold the power … it pays to be informed.

For those of you who want to test out the rivals to the iPhone why not try the following:

  • The Nokia X6 £400 pay-as-you go challenges the iPhone for its camera and music deal -visit www.nokia.co.uk
  • Palm Pre, Free on contract, beats the iPhone on pocketability as it is petite and good at pulling together social network contacts but fun apps are limited and disappointing visit  www.o2.co.uk

No connection charge from BT broadband

January 7, 2010

Quick update. If you thinking of getting broadband installed then get your skates on. BT are offering a £0 connection offer until the end of January 2010. This could mean a saving of over £100. If you have been putting off getting your phone line re-established and have been making do with your mobile and mobile broadband then now might be a good opportunity for you.

Visit the BT website for further information.

January offer: Two months free broadband with o2

January 5, 2010

O2 is delighted to announce that the first two months free offer is back on all their award winning Home Broadband packages! Visit the o2 broadband website for more information.

This offer is for a limited time only and will end on 31st January 2010.

Please be aware that in line with the VAT rate going back to 17.5%, all O2 Broadband’s monthly costs have reverted to the pre VAT reduction pricing as follows.

Price per month
Standard Premium Pro Access
O2 customers £7.50 £10 £17.50 -
Non O2 customers £12.50 £15 £22.50 £17.50

Marketing battle between Google and Apple

January 3, 2010

Google, the internet search engine, plans to launch a smart-phone in direct competition to Apple’s iPhone, offering net browsing and video games. The launch is expected next Tuesday when the Nexus One will be unveiled. This launch will inevitably lead to a marketing battle between Google and Apple.

Nexus One, the new Iphone, is bound to create a consumer technological stir in the fast-growing market for mobile-phone web access. The number of mobile internet searches grew by 30% ,over the previous three months, in the third quarter of 2009. Like Apple’s iPhone, the Google Nexus One will have a touch screen and users will be able to search the web by voice commands. Price for the new smart-phone is still under wraps!

Source: The Sunday Times Newspaper 3.1.10

Choosing a Mac user-friendly broadband provider

January 2, 2010

Switching broadband provider can save you £135!

The latest research by Broadband Choices suggests that changing broadband provider could save you £135/year. Furthermore, 40% of broadband users are planning to switch and save over the next 12  months. The study also found that reliability is the most important factor when choosing a new broadband package with 42% of respondents claiming it is the number one issue (followed by speed -37%). It is interesting to note that this research found that only 15% of people said that price was a key factor.

Choosing and using ISP for apple macs

Any broadband connection is compatible with Apple Mac computers but modems are not so simple. The modems and routers that are sent from your ISP are pre-configured in order to permit immediate usage, so PC users can get on the net quickly. For Mac users this can often be more difficult, especially when these devices are non.mac compatible.

What to look for: Mac-compatible hardware; Mac technical support

Best for Novices

Everyone has to start somewhere and when it comes to the web – few people dive straight into configuring wireless networks and optimising their bandwidth. If you are a new Mac user one suggestion is to get an ethernet connection as this is generally thought to be more reliable and gives a higher level of performance than USB. Then get a good mid-range broadband product with around a 5GB download limit to enjoy relatively fast and wholly economical surfing!

Experienced Mac users attest that they can network with ease into any decent broadband ISP so the real deal is to choose a provider that explicitly supports Macintosh users just in case you do need a hand with something without the risk of being dis-owned by a Windows-centric ISP! If you are confident setting up your Mac and only require the actual configuration settings then a Mac-friendly ISP may be of less importance to you. However, it is worth bearing in mind that if you do need to ring the technical support you will often get limited assistance unless they have a Mac support team.

Contact your prospective ISP and before committing ask:

Do you have a dedicated Mac support team?

Can I read mail from my ISP mailbox from any other gateway?

Do you offer me web space for my needs?

Customer satisfaction AND savings

Having said all that, we suggest you visit www.o2.co.uk and visit www.plus.net as both these offer superfast and cheap broadband packages. O2 offers great discounts for existing customers which can get you a 20Mb broadband package for less than £10 a month (£7.34 for a Standard package and £9.79 for a Premium). Which currently endorse the O2 Home broadband package at £7.34 a month. Plusnet offers the UK’s cheapest standalone broadband package as well as a new high-end tariff and both suppliers have won a number of awards for customer satisfaction.

Good hunting!

Original research can be found on the www.broadband-choices.co.uk website.

Cheap broadband deals for January 2010

December 30, 2009

Business is brisk for UK broadband providers in January – it seems that most of us review our household bills this month. January offers a good time to switch broadband provider with a number offering special money off deals. As always check the small print but here are some of the best deals out there. Read on.

2 months free on O2 Broadband

O2 Standard Home Broadband offers award winning 8 Mbs broadband for £7.34 per month (excluding line rental) for existing O2 customers and £12.23 for new customers. The service comes with a free wireless router and free set up. Plus in January, O2 is offering 2 months free.

So if you’re looking for a good all round family broadband service with UK based free technical support – then O2 is a great choice. Visit the broadband section of the o2 website for more detailed information.

6 months free on Sky Broadband Unlimited

Sky is offering six months free on their top broadband package – Sky Broadband Unlimited. Any new or existing Sky digital TV customer who signs up before February 5th 2010 can get Sky Broadband Unlimited (if it is available at your post code) free for six months and it costs £10 per month thereafter.

This great broadband deal is however only available if you also take a Sky Talk home phone package. Sky Talk offers free evening and weekend calls at no extra cost. And Sky Broadband Unlimited offers super-fast broadband (up to 20 Mbps) with unlimited downloads. Check the Sky broadband website.

2 months free on Virgin Media fibre-optic broadband.

Virgin Media offers three fibre –optic broadband packages: Broadband Size L which provides up to 10 Mbs fibre-optic broadband for £12.50 per month; Broadband Size XL which offers up to 20 Mbs broadband for £20 per month; and Size XXL which offers the fastest broadband available in the UK at up to 50 Mbs with unlimited downloads for £28 per month.

The Broadband XXL package offers broadband speeds over twice as fast as anything available from the other top UK broadband providers.

For a limited period, Virgin Media is offering two months free across all three fibre-optic broadband packages.

See the Virgin Media website for further information.

Product information originally appeared on the PR inside website.

Using the new iphone as a modem

June 9, 2009

Thats right. You can use the latest version of the Apple iphone as a modem. This means you can now use the latest generation iphone for accessing the internet via a broadband connection.

In the UK, this will mean purchasing the new iphone (out in the middle of June 2009) will give you access via the O2 broadband and wifi networks.

This offers you a very real possibility of dropping your home broadband connection and even your mobile broadband dongle. This could be the perfect excuse for you to bring and iphone into your Apple collection or upgrade your existing iphone.

iphone as modem

As reported in the Times newspaper…

O2 has announced that it is to charge users of new Apple’s iPhone models announced yesterday at least £14.68 per month on top of the monthly subscription if they want to use it as a modem to connect their laptops to the internet, a process known as internet tethering. Using the internet from the iPhone itself, via both 3G and wi-fi, is included in the normal monthly subscription.

Tethering is one of the key features that has been missing from the iPhone until now. However, the new iPhone 3G S models announced at yesterday’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose and which will be available in the UK through Apple’s exclusive network partner O2 from June 19, will allow tethering. Users of existing 3G iPhones will also be to download an upgrade to their operating system software from the same date, giving them access to that feature as well as other new ones such as cut and paste and picture messaging.

However, O2 has revealed that using tethering will not be included in the normal unlimited data that comes with standard pay monthly packages. Instead, you will have to buy a bolt-on monthly package costing £14.68 per month for 3 gigabytes of data and £29.36 per month for 10 gigabytes. Additional data used through tethering will cost 19.6p per megabyte. If you want to use internet tethering overseas, you will have to pay £2.94 per megabyte in the EU and £6 per megabyte everywhere else.

Visit the O2 online store for more information

Pay as you go broadband

April 27, 2009

PAYG or pay as you go broadband seems to be gaining in popularity. I can place whether it is the credit crunch or just broadband companies telling me that I can get cheap broadband, discounted broadband of free laptops if I sign up for 24 months – but – somewhere deep in my psyche I have noticed more of a pull towards payg broadband.

I was interested to find out whether it was only me that had been effected by the latest TV/marketing spin, so I ran some research on Google. I put the following queries into Google trends to give me a benchmark: broadband router and mac broadband. I then added in payg broadband and pay as you go broadband to see how they are fairing. You can see the result for yourself by looking at following the link to the? Google trend query.

Pay as you go broadband

See – I am not going mad. Pay as you go broadband is on the increase! And amazingly, so is the search phrase “pay as you go mobile broadband”. This surprises me, because that is quite a mouthful to type into Google when searching for something, but, definitely something people are looking for. My guess would be that it is students that use the payg broadband services the most but drop me a comment below if you use payg broadband and/or have switched to it recently. I’d be fascinated to know if you are switching to pay as you go broadband as a way of avoiding costly broadband contracts.

Please see my mobile broadband for mac page to find some good mobile broadband feedback from the Apple mac community (seems most of you have had bad experiences to date). There are links to all the major UK mobile broadband companies.

Check out these sites too: Pay as you go broadband (informational blog about pay as you go broadband, pay as youg go mobile broadband and pay as you go broadband dongles), VNU (press release from O2 about their new pay as you go mobile broadband offer) & GSM (the global governing body for Mobile phone operators, including mobile broadband operators in the UK).

Norton antivirus for mac

April 27, 2009

I have recently been sent a copy of the Norton anti-virus for the Mac computer. The software is available for both Apple Macs and PCs. It is 2009 edition.

I installed the software on my desktop PC, my notebook and my Apple mac laptop. The installation went smoothly on all three computers – although the netbook is always a pain when it has no CD-drive to install software through.

The software is very easy to use and is running background on each of my computer systems. Occasionally it has warned me of potential issues but these have turned out to simply be tracking cookies and a low level threat.

The anti-virus software and an initial scan of each computer system and found that all were okay – in other words, my ATG free edition had and a good job of keeping my computers protected.

What I do like about the Norton anti-virus, is that it can record your pass words within one function. Your credit card numbers, and passwords are stored within one password protected folder – each time you visit a website that Norton anti-virus recognises if offers to populate the username and password for you.

Another good feature is in the Web browser; it identifies itself when you conduct a search using a search engine – each web site listed in the search results, has an indicator next to it; a green tick for safe sites that have been scanned, a grey question mark for sites that are yet to be reviewed and, red crosses for websites that are riddled with dodgy software and viruses.

Norton also have a community in which you can take part – when you visit a website you can also add a mini review to the Norton system. Others can see your review so, you can others by telling them about a website’s content and whether it is safe to visits. I guess all this data goes into a big database that protects users in the future.

I have enjoyed using Norton antivirus 2009, and I will continue to until another product comes along. I am happy to use the product for the foreseeable future so you can take that as an endorsement. I plan to use the product until the next release. I will add updates to this anti-virus review when anything exciting happens!

A number of high street retailers will sell you a copy of the product including PC World – visit PC World.

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