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BBC reports that Tmobile are expanding their mobile web offering by sending users directly to Google to surf the web (as oppose to the current ringfenced offering).
Vodaphone intend to offer subscribers wider access with a partnership with MSN, also encompassing the messenger service.
The deal aims to bring together the more than 165 MSN Messenger users with nearly 155 million Vodafone customers around the world.
It is also intended to provide a new source of revenue, with people being charged to IM from a mobile to a PC and vice versa.
"People are willing to pay for messaging in the context of SMS so that is no reason why they would not pay for it in IM," said Mr Delaney.
Not so sure people will be willing to start handing over credit card details for MSN messenger or indeed pay to do something they have been doing (via the web) for free for years.
All the same, interesting news.
When I saw it in the shop I just had to have it. After all -I'd be able to skypeout from the airport where they have free wifi so I could bin my mobile and say bye to expensive international calls. Right? Wrong.
It's a heap of s**t. A constant high pitched whine disturbs the audio on calls. It's shape makes it feel ridiculous holding against your ear and the processor is too slow to run VOIP like skype.
Add to that that it freezes up and the wifi is counter-intuitive even for someone like me to set up...it's basically put me off handhelds for ever.
I would NEVER recommend a machine like that to my mother!
If anyone likes to do remote server administration... one other cool feature of the sidekick II... it has an add-on (for $9.99) SSH client... very cool and works well.
I have a SonyEricsson P900, for emergency sysadmin stuff it runs the Symbian version of PuTTY (a free SSH client) rather well.
Only problem is the absence of control keys. If anyone knows how to simulate them in the bash shell, I'd be grateful for the info...