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  1. People in the US just don't get what EDGE is,...

    People in the US just don't get what EDGE is, despite being the country where it's most common.

    It works like this:

    You have a GSM network (usually referred to as 2G). The GSM network always...
  2. I'll try and answer as many as I can. Each...

    I'll try and answer as many as I can.



    Each device on a mobile network has an IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) which is a unique number identifying the specific phone. While this...
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    http://www.prepaidgsm.net/en/france.php is always...

    http://www.prepaidgsm.net/en/france.php is always a good place to look.
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    The price that the US carriers charge offers them...

    The price that the US carriers charge offers them very high margins - even with subsidies.

    If you take the subsidies out, but you keep the prices the same, the carriers are getting an even bigger...
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    Surely it doesn't have the thing they actually DO...

    Surely it doesn't have the thing they actually DO need - wireless spectrum?

    There's no point having credit cards on file if you have nothing to sell people.
  6. In two months, my iPhone 4 will be 2 years old. ...

    In two months, my iPhone 4 will be 2 years old.

    It hasn't got any scratches on the screen, it's never been dropped and it hasn't cracked.

    To say that you *need* a case is simply false.
  7. I agree that the iPhone 4 has a serious issue...

    I agree that the iPhone 4 has a serious issue with reception.

    If there wasn't a flaw to fix, why did they fix it in the iPhone 4S!?

    That sentence makes absolutely no sense, and a lot of sense...
  8. ... except that the programme has resulted in...

    ... except that the programme has resulted in cell phone thefts either dropping or stalling (which is still incredible given how the market has exploded in the last 10 years) in the countries here in...
  9. I can't speak specifically for quality of the...

    I can't speak specifically for quality of the Irish network, but the carrier "Three" offers genuinely unlimited data both here in the UK and in Ireland.
    ...
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    Prices are not being fixed by the government,...

    Prices are not being fixed by the government, they are merely being capped.

    That means that in many cases, you'll pay less than the capped amount.

    Some carriers (like Vodafone and O2) offer a...
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    Not quite. The roaming rates are roughly the...

    Not quite.

    The roaming rates are roughly the same between the countries.

    So if you buy a UK SIM and roam in Germany, you'll pay roughly the same as if you:
    Bought a German SIM and roamed in...
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    Really, the roaming costs are going to be the...

    Really, the roaming costs are going to be the same wherever you are in the EU.

    The EU has set limits on call, message and data costs and these mean that the rates are virtually the same...
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    This is going back to the original post, all the...

    This is going back to the original post, all the "hackers" were doing was accessing people's Voicemail by using the default PIN (usually 1111 or 1234).

    Really it wasn't very sophisticated.
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    You'd show as the country of the carrier you...

    You'd show as the country of the carrier you subscribe to.

    My UK SIM showed me as being in the UK when I was in Italy last year.

    That meant I could access certain services (like from the BBC)...
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    I'm not talking about existing customers, I'm...

    I'm not talking about existing customers, I'm talking about new customers (or anyone trying to take out a data plan after the changes come into force).
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    Do customers need more data? If you only need...

    Do customers need more data?

    If you only need 1.5GB a month, you used to pay $25 for 2GB. Now you'd have to pay an extra $5 for something you don't need.

    Using your logic, it'd be ok for AT&T...
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    That's not really true. When you use a secured...

    That's not really true.

    When you use a secured network, all traffic sent between that network and your device will be encrypted.

    At the moment, if you're using a WPA or WPA2 network with a...
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    My carrier's standard rate is 3 ($4.61) per MB...

    My carrier's standard rate is 3 ($4.61) per MB in the US.

    Other carriers charge 6 ($9.22).

    Those are including tax.

    Some carriers have cheaper bulk options.
  19. This isn't going to be possible unless you...

    This isn't going to be possible unless you Jailbreak your iPhone.

    Have you done that?
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    I don't think so!

    I don't think so!
  21. Orange is pretty strict on unlocking the iPhone....

    Orange is pretty strict on unlocking the iPhone.

    You need to have an Orange UK account and you need to have the iPhone on it for at least three months.

    There's also a 20.42 ($31.65) fee.

    If...
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    You are paying for someone else to make and...

    You are paying for someone else to make and deliver it to you.

    The price you are paying isn't merely dictated by the cost to the Pizza company of buying the ingredients to make the Pizza.

    I'm...
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    Those charges are JUST as artificial and...

    Those charges are JUST as artificial and inflated.

    It does not cost $2+ to connect a call.
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    Virtually every carrier in the world benefits...

    Virtually every carrier in the world benefits from the disproportionate roaming charges. US carriers make money from European visitors, Asian carriers make money from US visitors and so on.

    Here...
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    Most people working in stores here in the UK will...

    Most people working in stores here in the UK will have very little experience of cards that don't have a chip.

    The switch was finished several years ago now, and in many types of retail you get a...
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