The Sony Ericsson Satio, the first 12 Megapixel camera phone, is arriving at 3. 

Catching the odd impromptu camera-phone photo has long been second nature but with the Satio you’ll never want to snap away with anything else.  With 12 Megapixel, touch focus, face detection, and a Xenon flash, the Sony Ericsson Satio is packed with all the tools needed to give you great looking pictures. From spectacular fireworks to embarrassing Halloween customers, autumn is full of picture-prefect occasions, so it’s the perfect time to snap up a Satio. 

This splendid camera phone is just £30 a month on Mix and Match on an 18 month contract.  This comes with 300 minutes or texts, 300 3-to-3 calls, free voicemail and, as you’ve come to expect, free Skype™ – to – Skype calls and Windows Live™ Messenger in the UK.  Add on just £5 a month for unlimited internet and email access* and take full advantage of the Satio’s impressive touch screen, perfect for internet browsing. 

If you’re feeling generous, this would make a good Christmas gift – its £399.99 on Pay As You Go.  Top-ups start from £5 online and with every top-up customers get a bundle of free texts, a generous allowance of Mobile Internet access, free 3-to-3 calls and free voicemail to use for 90 days whether or not the balance is in credit.

The Sony Ericsson Satio will be available in 3 Stores as well as online and via telesales from the 30th October.

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Today I’ll be saying Hello to O2 as my network provider and wave goodbye to 3UK as my mobile number is ported over.

I still have an old 3PAYG SIM, but have no credit on it, so will only use for free skype to skype.

I’ll keep this site open, but if I’m happy with O2, I may not be posting much here.

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It was confirmed to me by @3mobilebuzz the official 3 PR on Twitter that @3network was a fake and a few days later Twitter have now suspended their account 🙂

So the false aligations that Nimbuzz was a security risk are false. The problem some people are having with accessing the app over 2G are being investigated by 3 technical support and normal service is resumed 🙂

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After a very long bank holiday weekend I signed into Twitter and the 1st tweet I noticed was this:-

gt_p Tweet

What had I missed over the weekend? Nimbuzz is a security risk according to the 3 Network?

I use Nimbuzz on all my Nokia phones & PC so I quickly contacted both Nimbuzz and 3Network on twitter to find out exactly what’s going on. Nimbuzz responded quickly with this:-

nimbuzz response

3Network have not responded yet and have went very quiet, but what I think this is is the same excuse they gave for blocking newer Mobbler from working, its a security measure on our servers.

Dear 3, you’re going back to your walled garden more and more every day and its got to the point I can’t bite my lip anymore and I have to say it, YOUR NETWORK IS SH!T.
Over the last month or so we’ve had Mobbler and Friendview being blocked, now Nimbuzz and on top of that I’ve noticed significant 3G network signal reduction at both my work address and home address, to the point I have to lock my phone to 2G constantly to get a stable signal.

Three recently held a meeting with the London mobile community to find ways of improving their service and I posted after that meeting “Actions speak louder than words“. I’m not seeing much action, but loads of words from more and more annoyed customers finding problems with the 3 network. 

My current contract with 3UK finishes on October 2009, but Im already using a O2 PAYG Data SIM for data access at work with FULL 3.5G coverage and I’m planning to move back to O2 sooner rather than later. I’ll be looking for a new contract and finding a way of reducing my 3UK one to the end of the contract or cancelling it.

This morning the launch of the Terminate the Rate campaign [www.terminatetherate.org] (live at 12noon) is taking place at BT tower. BT, 3, moneysupermarket.com, NUS, FSB, GMB and Carers UK will announce their stand against high Mobile Termination Rates (MTRs).

MTRs are additional charges made every time you call a mobile cross-network or from a landline. Currently they are set at around 4.7 pence per minute, and when combined cost the UK mobile consumer around
£2.5 billion per year. The argument is that they are unfair with the cost of terminating a call being around a penny or even less.
Terminate the Rate wants them to be charged at a rate that reflects that. This will mean, among other things, a reduction of costs for everyone calling a mobile and the possibility of ‘all you can eat’
tariffs.

Keep an eye on the Terminate the Rate blog [www.terminatetherateblog.org] for more information throughout the day and follow the campaign on Twitter. We’ve also got Sam Ismail (http://www.samismail.com/), Rafe Blandford (www.allaboutsymbian.com), Abul Hussain (http://www.adonismobile.com/) Dan Lane and James Whatley
(http://www.thereallymobileproject.com) on the ground so keep your eye on their sites.

You should have received a little surprise in the post this morning that you might recognise from your school days! These will give you a little more information about what MTRs are, how they affect everyone and how you can help reduce them. And if you want to pass them onto you friends to remind them of the good old days, and teach them a thing or two, please download it from the blog at http://www.terminatetherateblog.org/wp-content/beaky.jpg or http://www.terminatetherateblog.org/wp-content/beaky.pdf

YES, you heard right, post a status message to Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, Jaiku, WordPress, etc.. for FREE on 3 network.

How? Well Ping.fm just added Skype to their list of applications, so seeing Skype is FREE on 3 to Call & Chat, you’ll be able to post a message for nothing, nana, nil, zilch, FREE!

Just go over to ping.fm at http://ping.fm/im/skype/ and set everything up 🙂

Yesterday 3 held a round the table discussion with some of the media/phone/mobile/whatever they want to call themselves people of London to ask  questions on what the guys wanted from their mobile network, skype, and the future of mobile communication. I’ve been talking with a few of the people who attended and they seem to be coming away from the discussion saying 3 are starting to listen to people and are trying to put in place a better system to handle 3 issues.

During the discussions my name was even mentioned with a problem I’ve been having trying to get newer Mobbler working on the 3UK network. I have been actively trying to resolve the problem with the Mobbler developers, Last.fm and Stephen Wing (ukgadgeteer), but have been hitting a brick wall trying to get anywhere with 3 Technical Support either understanding or actively persuing the problem. From what I’ve been told there insued a lengthy discussion on the matter and 3 agreed these as they type of issues where they need to improve their support system.

I’ve been told the Mobbler issue is being investigated further by 3, so I’ll wait and see what happens, and I’ll also wait and see what 3 put in place to improve upon their service, as I’ve been hearing far to many complaints about technical issues not being handled very well with the overseas call centre staff (I’m included in that, just look at my previous posts on here 😀 ).

Go on 3, don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk 😀

Last Monday while I was at work in Barrow-In-Furness my Wife called to say Text & Calls at home in Bellshill weren’t working, she couldn’t call (connection error) and text messages weren’t being sent. I tried calling her mobile and was just getting transfered to her voice mail?

She had full 3G signal (Always do at Home, the one joy of 3) on her Nokia 6120 Classic, so I got her to do the usual of turning phone off & on, turning phone off and pull the sim then back in and turn on, changing the network connection in settings from automatic to manual to select the correct network, etc.. but nothing I tried help.

She later called outside the kids school to say the phone was working again (see got 5 text messages thru and her sister called), but later on that evening I got another call from the wife on the house phone to say the phone was broken again.

This went like this for the next 3 days till I arrived back home on the Monday night to check for myself what the problem was. Wife kept moaning the phone was broken and she wanted a new one, but I tried calling her on my E71 and I couldn’t call and was getting connection errors the exact same thin she was getting, so a def network issue.

Called 3 to complain and the issue was passed to Technical Support too investigate, but what to do in the meantime? I quickly changed the Network Mode on my rebranded E71 it ‘GSM Only’ and had a perfect 2G connection (Orange Network), but what to do with my Wife’s 3UK Branded Nokia 6120 Classic as I couldn’t lock it to 2G only and it would never switch to 2G on its own as it always seen a perfect 3G signal even though it was broken?

There was no other option but to rebrand the phone and change the phones firmware to Generic EURO1 to allow me to release the 3UK restriction on locking to ‘GSM Only’. The Wife’s phone was working again 🙂

3UK Technical Support called 2 days later to say the fault had been fixed and I switched her phone back to 3G, but got me thinking what normal phone users would do in the same circumstances? They would have probably went without a mobile phone for 7 days and bitched & moaned about the 3UK Network, then possibly think twice about renewing their contract when it come to an end? How know, but what would you think if you couldn’t use ur mobile for 7 days?

NOTE: Process used to rebrand is HERE

I think the post title says it all.

Current Location: Barrow-In-Furness

I posted over on nokiaaddict.com about the Nokia 5800 being available in the UK on Friday 23rd Jan and notice one thing missing from the list of networks which will be getting the Nokia 5800 around the 30th Jan, YES it was 3UK Network.

Maybe 3UK will be taking some low end device from Nokia to go with there low budget £9pm for 6 months contracts????

Via Nokia Conversations & nokiAAddict.com