3G surprise

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I got rid of my 3G brick from Hutchison 3G UK in August when my contract ran out and am now back on a normal phone. One of my friends Andrew was asked by Orange to try one of their 3G handsets, a Sony Ericsson device. Whilst being no slim jim, it is svelte compared to last years 3G phones. Unfortunately much of the story around his 3G experience was similar to my own.

  • Both he and his girlfriend thought that they would use the video phone, but that hasn’t been the case, many of the features are useful to a salesman at Dixons but get little real world use
  • He is told by friends that they can never get hold of him and always has voice mail waiting for him
  • The battery life less than 24 hours, more like 18 if he leaves Bluetooth on by accident. In comparision I get four days real world usage from the two Nokias that I use. One of which is an old phone the other a 6600 smartphone with the Bluetooth always left on

Despite analysts being quoted in the press about the UK having a 3G Christmas; word on the street is that most of the carriers promotions won’t be launched in time, so traction will pick up in January at the earliest.

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  1. I don’t know as someone who has been using 3G for the last few months via a datacard I have to say that once the networks get the price down for the “all you can eat” plan I might just get rid of my broadband connection. My “mobile phone” for the past few months has been a very attractive Vaio laptop in terms of text messaging and data services.

    As for handsets I have to say that the Sony Ericsson Z1010 is a device that I have also trialed and is at present one of the better devices. However as we are used to the design driven delights of 2G handsets like the Razor from Moto any 3G device will be a letdown. However if we go back just a few short years I can remember when my phone had two batteries to enable me to get through a day on the road.

    The networks are looking at a slow launch for 3G rather than rapid take off; because before they are ready to service the mass market they first need to learn from the early adopter and also remove handset subsidy from the economics. Once the networks want us all on the new platform the engineers will no longer be designing handsets it will once again be done by the ipod designers!

    This is something I myself have been thinking about over on my blog if your interested in reading more.


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