At nearly two years old, my Nokia 5230 has started to suffer somewhat in the battery department. On my current contract the available upgrades don't offer any improvements in screen resolution. Quite the reverse in fact, the Samsung Galaxy Y's 320 x 240 doesn't really compare very well with the 640x360 that I've become used to.
My phone's life has had an unexpected extension with a very simple change. I've turned off 3G access. The battery life has nearly trebled and the internet is still quite usable.
Covering a show like Mobile World Congress (MWC) presents a few challenges, least of all getting through the fiendishly tight security cordon. I've got two 'new' bits of technology with me here in Barcelona, both aimed at making life a little bit easier.
Datawind is hoping to attract the interest of consumers unfamiliar with its Ubisurfer brand with a seven-inch tablet PC under the £100 mark that includes free internet access for a year.
Launched at The Gadget Show Live 2011, the Ubisurfer Touch 7 runs Android 2.2 and has a multi-touch screen. Notably, Datawind has been careful not to use the term 'mobile broadband' in relation to the free web access, as the device supports only the GPRS data network. This network is limited to 14.4Kbits/sec, which is about the same you would have got from a dial-up modem from years gone by.
Datawind insists that compression software supplied with the tablet will give users a "3G-like experience", but with even the slowest mobile broadband services hitting an average of 1.73Mbits/sec, and figures in the range of 2 to 3Mbits/sec for the UK as a whole, this seems a bold claim.
There's been a lot written about T-Mobile and the changes being made to their data allowance plans. Words like 'slashing' and 'axing' have been used and it is clear the decision has caused a fair deal of controversy.
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