Spoke with Steve about Xbox movie downloads, which are now available. I see this as the future of home movies, and in a few years your DVD store will be a thing of the past. Apple are doing something similar, and the PS3 will have downloadable movies next year.
How does it work? Well, you pay using your credit card or Xbox Live credits to download the movie, and you get a certain amount of time to watch it before it is erased (we’re talking days here, not hours). You can invited friends to watch it via their own consoles remotely, however they do have to pay a fee, too.
You have to be careful of the number of downloads you do within a month, and check your download plan.
More callers queried the use of your mobile phone overseas and how to get a SIM card that can be used overseas. I know of two companies that offer these cards in Australia – TravelSIM and GlobalSIM, and they both sell to retailers around the country. You have to make sure that you mobile phone is not attached to a particular carrier or it will not work.
Shane called in and asked about buying a GPS device and asked about TomTom and Navman. Both brands are pretty good, but they do have different features and price points, so it’s worth talking to the shop assistant about which one you like. I have noticed a drop in prices over the past couple years, which is good for the consumer.
Sue was querying whether there was any way her four-year old Bose iPod dock could charge more recent iterations of the iPod Touch or Nano etc. The answer is no, it cannot, and I know from personal experience because my wife has the exact same Bose dock and I can’t my iPhone on it. Just have to do it the old-fashioned way and plug the new device into the wall.
Finally, Sid called and wondered why it costs so much for broadband in Australia, where in India it is so much cheaper. There are probably a few reasons, but one of the main ones would be that we are the size of the United States but only have less than 10 percent of the population, therefore a lower tax base and people paying for the service. It will be interesting to see what happens with pricing when the NBN is up and running.