Archives for: April 2008

Fri, 11 April 2008

Permalink 07:38:02 pm

Vodafone 3G Data Charges

Bad news if you're a Vodafone shareholder, they've decided they already make enough profit and don't want to take any extra money from customers. Well, it least that's my experience.

I've finally upgraded to a 3G handset - a Nokia E51 since you ask - so rang up Vodafone to add a data package to my account. £7.50/month gets me 120MB, with the first month free. Within a few days it was obvious that 120MB doesn't go very far when you're using mobile apps and emails with attachments, so I looked on their website to see what else was available. £15/month for 3GB, that's more like it, so I rang them up:

V: Sorry, that can't be added to a phone contract, it is only available with a USB modem and as a seperate contract.
Me: But I don't need a USB modem, my phone is perfectly able to act as a modem.
V: A USB modem will be quicker than your phone.
Me: No it won't. (I checked afterwards, it won't.)
V: You won't need more than 120MB on your phone.
Me: I've been using it for 6 days and I've used 80MB, I'm guessing I probably will.
V: A USB modem would be better. Why wouldn't you use a laptop?
Me: Because I don't have a laptop with me all the time.

-- we went round in circles like this for a bit --

Me: Look, I want to give Vodafone an extra £90 a year, but it seems you don't want it.
V: We haven't got a tariff that lets us add the mobile data to a phone contract.
Me: [gives up]

So there we go, they're happy to turn down £90 a year from an existing customer because their system can't handle it. If I'm going to be forced down the route of taking out a seperate 3G contract, I'm as likely to go with another provider as I am Vodafone. If I'm not able to add the 3GB to my phone contract when it comes up for renewal in July I'll be moving to T-Mobile, who offer exactly what I'm after - a reasonable data allowance that I can use as I need it.

Sun, 06 April 2008

Permalink 11:57:08 am

Alternative to Wedding Disposable Cameras

Wedding of the Year provides a central place to collect and share guests’ digital wedding photos in
five easy steps:

1) Purchase an online wedding album either for yourself or as a gift
Wedding of the Year will send out personalised cards to the wedding couple to include with their wedding invitations or thank you cards, and table cards to remind people on the day. The cards contain their unique guest log in details, chosen at registration.

2) Guests upload their digital photos
Using the instructions on the cards, guests log in to a guest area where they upload their favourite digital photos of the day. Only the wedding couple can view the uploaded photos prior to publishing their album.

3) Wedding couple review and edit their online wedding album
They can create categories, change the order of photos and add captions to really personalise their album. They can even delete photos they don’t want people to see!

4) Publish wedding album online
Once they are happy with their album, the wedding couple then publish it online and it remains live for twelve months from the wedding date, with the option to extend.

5) Guests view the album
The published album is then viewable by family and friends, including those who couldn’t be there on the day. Only guests with the unique guest log in details can view the album – they can also sign the online guestbook.

Wedding of the Year is also a real alternative to using disposable cameras at your wedding, as you get the benefit of photos taken throughout the day without the disadvantages of poor, grainy photos and a limited number of prints.

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