The Case of The Broken Fibre Line

I knew this one was not going to disappear. A construction worker accidentally cuts a main data link on the south coast of Queensland causing complete loss of telecommunications services for thousands of people and now everyone is looking for some one to blame.

At its core I think the main issue is that people on the Gold Coast have a right to be more than a little peeved that their service was disrupted for so long. We can all handle a call drop out, we can even handle loss of service for a short time. We understand that technology is technology and some times there are glitches.

However when essential services go down for many, many hours it causes a massive flow on that some one needs to take responsibility for. Loss of business, loss of contact, some commentators even said that the service outage could cause loss of life by 000 call services not getting through.

Phone companies sell us the benefits of ‘communication solutions’. Just watch the TV at the moment and you will hear all the great things you can now do with your iPhone. “Buy a data solution and surf the web on your iPhone”. It’s awesome, having the web with you all the time. I am one of the people that is selling the vision of the online lifestyle. But, when the bull dozer hits the cable and the service goes down we want answers as to why the service we have been promises, have paid for and have integrated into our lives is no longer available.

So will some one please stand up and accept responsibility. South East Queensland wants to yell at you, then hit you with a massive claim because you stuffed their lives, businesses and pretty much everything else while the phone went dead.

Australia's First True Land Line Busting Option

Optus has just sent word that they are launching a couple of new phone plans that are designed once and for all to allow mobile customers to ditch their land line. From first glance the options look great for anyone one who wants to have access to the internet via the mobile networks and get great value for their voice calls.

Here is the gist of it –

“The new ‘yes’ Timeless $99 (when taken with the $14.95 Mobile Internet Pack)
includes unlimited standard local and national voice calls, standard SMS, MMS and calls made within Australia to GSM mobiles plus 200MB of data which can be used for Optus Zoo and Mobile Internet browsing.”

So, $115 and you get all the local/national calls you can make. Plus all the calls you can make to mobile phones too! I don’t know how a phone company would make money out of such a deal, but that is not our problem is it!

With an option like this you could:
– Move your mobile phone plan to Optus and cancel your home plan.

OR (if you still need your ADSL2+ at home for broadband)

– Change your home internet plan to Naked DSL (such as with Iinet) and you get your fast internet access, and the ability to make international calls at cheap rates through Skype or some other voip provider.

Gadgets On Today – July 14th

This morning on the Today Show we showed you four gadgets that are new and all cool. If you have any comments or questions please post them up and I will respond quick smart –

1. SAMSUNG VIDEO CAMERA – VP-HMX20C
2. MOBILE FITNESS PHONE
3. IPHONE SPEAKER DOC
4. WIRELESS RABBIT ROUTER

GADGET ONE – SAMSUNG VIDEO CAMERA- VIDEO CAMERA WITH ULTRA SLOW MOTION – VP-HMX20C – RRP $1100
DESCRIPTION : This is a new high tech camera that allows you to film in slow motion. The movies are stored on flash memory, not hard disk or mini dv tape.

FEATURES:
– Affordable
– Light
– High definition camera
– Ultra fast frame rate video capture
– latest in advanced video technology with 1920 x 1080 Full HD
– 6.4 Megapixel CMOS image sensor
– Dual Recording functionality
– greater clarity, brightness and detail
– built-in flash memory
– read a disk or load a tape
– ready to shoot in 3 seconds


GADGET TWO- SONY ERICCSON MOBILE FITNESS PHONE – RRP $450

DESCRIPTION : This mobile phone includes standard features such as text, calls, music and video games. It also allows you to track the distance you have travelled when exercising.

It plots your route and calculates the distance you’ve travelled. It locates where you are and has a save device that records where you’ve exercised.

FEATURES:
– In-built training program called Tracker
– In-built GPS function: monitors speed, duration of workout and distance travelled as well as plotting the running route
– Splash and dust resistant
– Wayfinder voice-guided navigation
– 3.2 megapixel camera, using Cyber-shot™ technology
– Geo-tagging, your phone will automatically store your memories for you, capturing the date and location of your pic and attaching the details to the snap.
Photo Fix, Mobile Blogging, Face detection
– HSDPA for fast Mobile Web access
– Media manager
– RSS Web feeds
– Video Calling
– 3D Gaming
– Track ID
– FM Radio
– USB Connectivity
– Stereo Bluetooth

GADGET THREE- iPHONE SPEAKER DOC – RRP $399
DESCRIPTION : This iPhone speaker has a built in blue tooth connection. You’re able to play music on the iPhone speaker. When you receive a call on your blue tooth, the music on the iPhone speaker will automatically stop so you can take the call.

It’s the latest accessory to go with the iPhone device.

FEATURES:
– Play the music on your iPhone
– Integrated Blue Tooth so when it rings you can answer the phone through your bluetooth ear piece.
– Full-range sound
– Powerful, deep bass
– Charges iPhone or iPod
– Music stops for call pick up
– Immune to phone interference
– Wireless remote
– Wall mountable
– Made for: Ipod touch/classic/nano (1st,2nd,3rd Generations)/iPod mini

GADGET FOUR- WIRELESS RABBIT ROUTER – NABAZTAG – $250 (RRP not confirmed, but this will the approximate price)
DESCRIPTION : The wireless rabbit sits next to your computer at home or in the office. The rabbit lets you know when you receive data like emails, stock information, and lets you know the air quality outside.

The rabbit does this by flashing different colours. Each colour stands for a different action. For example, blue means you have incoming email.

FEATURES:
– Read aloud from text on the internet
– Sing aloud: Radio broadcasts/podcasts and nabcasts
– Email alerts
– Updates: weather, stocks, traffic, air quality, instant messenger notification
– Object recognition
– Reception: spoken messages or music sent via internet/blogs/email/sms/phone
– Talking clock
– Tai Chi exercises
– Humourous outbursts