Optus
Optus Femtocell – Victory At Last.
Last week I wrote about the trials and tribulations I was experiencing in trying to get my Optus femtocell – commercially known as HomeZone – into an active, operational state. Following publication of that story, I received a phone call from Optus, apologising for all of the hassles I was seeing, and offering to come onto site (into my home) in order to try to understand exactly what the issues were that I was seeing. My expectation was that they would have a senior engineer come in and discuss and observe what was (not) happening at my end, with a...
Optus Femtocell Hell
The Optus HomeZone is a product that, on paper, promises so much. Sadly, in practice, it delivers very little. Let’s understand what the product is supposed to be, first of all. A femtocell is like a mobile phone cell that you install into your home or office. Its purpose is to use your broadband internet connection to supplement a weak mobile phone signal, in places where a signal from a traditional cell tower may not be able to reach. I’ve seen much discussion on this, with people complaining that this is the telcos charging you extra to give you a...
Blackberry Playbook
Carriers as well as retailer Harvey Norman to carry the BlackBerry PlayBook on launch day
Sydney, Australia, 8 June 2011 – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet will be available in Australia starting from Monday 20th June 2011. The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will be available in three Wi-Fi® models – with 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB of memory storage – from Harvey Norman along with carriers Optus, Telstra and Vodafone. Carriers will announce availability and pricing closer to their launch date. The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will retail from MSRP$579AUD, and customers can contact their carrier or local Harvey Norman store for more information. Customers can...
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