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Monday, 04.02.08
THOUGHT: Can someone please lower the International Roaming Data fees?
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:51 CET under 09 - Thoughts

While I'm still not satisfied with the situation of mobile data fees, things got better over the time. Either flat or payable volume plans are available now in most countries but "UMTS-by-Call" is still too expensive anyway and if you plan to use mobile data on your smartphone or Notebook, you better have a data plan booked.
Nevertheless, as soon as you leave your country - which is quite usual here in Europe - you leave your home network data plan on the border and if you are on a foreign network abroad, it can cost you the right arm to use mobile data - most likely it's even more expensive than your hotel room. Why I'm talking about it now? Well, I'm currently in the final preparation for my trip to Barcelona where the Mobile World Congress happens next week.

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Friday, 01.02.08
ANNIVERSARY: My very own 15 years of GSM and UMTS
Posted by Arne Hess - at 14:16 CET under 09 - Thoughts

Wow, as time goes by. This year, we are not only celebrating 10 years of the::unwired (together with its forerunners) and I'm celebrating 15 years of personal Internet use (I got my first Internet access from my University back in summer 1993) but today I'm also celebrating my very own 15 years of GSM. On February 1st 1993 I bought my first GSM mobile phone (at Hoyer's Telefonzelle) and signed my first GSM contract with D1 from DeTeMobil (today better known as T-Mobile). And imagine that - at the end of April 1993, DeTeMobil counted 130,000 subscribers (only).
It was the time when we had two GSM networks in Germany only: D1 (from DeTeMobil aka Deutsche Telekom, today T-Mobile) and D2 Privat (from Mannesmann Mobilfunk today Vodafone Germany) and the German GSM networks only offered voice service. No data, no SMS (not to talk about MMS) and UMTS was so far away, you haven't thought about a following technology or standard.

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