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  1. Return Woes!

    Contact your credit card company.. explain it to them.. if they agree they'll retract the transaction Call the company you bought it from and explain your credit card company agree's with you. So do they want the phone back or what? If they give you grief tell them to talk to your credit card company as its now out of your hands. This only works if you actually have a valid point. Its a speedy way to get your money back and put the ball in their court chasing you instead. If you do this without good ground, eventually your credit card company will enter it into dispute and if you loose the company may be really pissy and try to charge you everything they posibly can. Anyway explain to your credit card company and ask them what to do, that's the whole point of using credit cards (apart from the credit of course!)
  2. Its looking for a DLL that isn't present on your OS. Sometimes the dll is just for some obscure feature you might never use. In that case you can fake it. Download PE explorer: http://www.heaventools.com/PE_Explorer_disassembler.htm and use the dependancy scanner to find all the dll's the program wants/needs. Most will be windows ROM dll's like core.dll, but you may see a couple of others. See if there are 'hacks' for these on your OS and copy them into the same directory, otherwise just make up a file with the same name and put it in the directory. Sometimes this works if the dll isn't used by the main program.
  3. Poor treatment of exisiting customers...

    It doesn't have anything to do with 3g licenses, and the whole huge comission thing comes up all the time but it won't change - not yet. About upgrades vs new connections.. The reason they do this is that they know you'll most likely just stay on the network and pay a bit more for the upgrade than go through the hassle of disconnecting and reconnecting. When you threaten to disconnect they can't be sure you're really going to so they ignore it. The 'loyalty' or 'retentions' department is just the next layer, when you ask for the PAC code they know you'll probably go. BUT they still won't make you a deal as good as a new contract. Why should they? Worst case you'll sign up for a new contract with an insane discount, best case you take their upgrade offer and they make ?20 or whatever the difference was. You're thinking they'll loose you as a customer, but realistically the UK market is saturated. Its a consumer market now and people are switching between operators every 12 months regardless - they go for the promotions. They're thinking you're going to go eventually anyway, so why break their backs to keep you. You're in fact exactly the kind of customer they don't want - one asking for discounts! They know as they loose you to another network, the next call is someone defecting to them from that other network anyway. About the large comissions... It makes me laugh every time people blurt this out - instead of just repeating what you hear every other post complain about think about it. The 'comissions' are artificial. The amount the network gives to the retailer could be ?1 million - it makes no difference if 95% of it is being used to subsidise the contract! In fact the networks are loving the current situation with regards to comissions. They pay the retailer on connection, and claw back the money if the contract gets broken early. The reatiler has to further subsidise the phone out of his own comission and take the entire risk on that part of the subsidy. Haven't you noticed the cash backs are done through the retailer and NOT the network. Also they want you're 6th, 9th, 12'th bill etc to make sure you didn't switch tariff on them. If you did, the network will claw back the difference in comission! Trust me its the retailer that gets screwed by the whole comission system so why should the networks change it? Oh and 'Sometimes its cheaper to have an unconnected phone and a French SIM..... madness.' hasn't been true for many many many years. There are some very few (if they still exist at all) ciscumstances where it MAY be cheaper, but thats comparing a specific need against contract tariff which aren't designed to fulfill that. And to the guy that says 'they'd have been better off enforcing lack of subsidy. The real loser is the guy (like me) who is 5 years out of a contact and still paying the same line rental and per minute charges. charges per min and line rental should have been reduced in proportion.' sorry but you're crazy! They can't and won't reduce call charges and rental like that, because it COSTS them a certain amount to connect those calls. Why reduce calls charges, rental etc when you can't get it anywhere else for that price. It's like saying my insurance premium should keep going down for every year i stick with that company. Doesn't make sense at all. Remember competition, supply and demand is what drives prices. Without those any company can charge whatever they like and nothing will bring their prices down.
  4. Not that i know of... but you can try to get PPC2003 versions of sjphone to work: http://www.sjlabs.com/sjp.html PPC CE.net, 2002, 2003 and wm5 beta's may also be worth a try: http://www.sjphone.org/preview/ce/ good luck!
  5. Cicerophone does the job (over WiFi and over GPRS {to some degree}) and i can confirm i have it working fine - but they won't sell it as single license for normal people. They'll only sell in large licenses to business so you won't be able to get a copy. See the other thread on here, many have already tried. You can use sjphone (again look in the other thread, i posted instructions), but its fidly because its a workaround. Aside from those two options i havn't seen or heard of any others for SIP. Other 'voip' clients alike skype do exist, but of course you are stuck with their rates.
  6. Hmm works on my SP5.. it doesn lock the keypad too most of the time.. you have to release it just in time to disconnect the GPRS, but not lock the keypad. Anyway no big deal, just unlock it afterwards
  7. Worrying News From The Netherlands

    I don't agree.. If you want to, you can sign up for contract only today. They'll actually pay you the difference in cash (after month 3 or 6 etc). The networks won't do this directly, but smaller retailers will happily do it. It makes no difference to them, in fact they prefer it. For example take T-Mobile, they force retailers to buy phones from them. They won't allow any returns AT ALL, doesn't matter what the reason is. I think all the networks are doing this now, which means the retailer is left holding the baby if the network decides to make stupid tariff changes (like orange for example), and no one wants to buy the phones. Havn't you noticed alot of stores now only seem to hold one or two handsets in stock, and get it shiped to you direct if they can. Well that's the whole point. They DONT want to be more agressive on prices. Remember each network has a monopoly on calls to their subscribers. No one else but say t-mobile can connect calls to t-mobile customers. All they have to do is enough to keep those customers. The outgoing call prices are also high enough that they make a fair ammount there as well. Why crash the mobile call price for now reason? No network wan't to do that - it just decreases profits for everyone! If subsidy stops, all that will happen is it'll leave (ALOT) less room in the tariff for you to haggle over.
  8. Worrying News From The Netherlands

    The dutch market is very different to others across europe, and is fast aproaching the danish model where nearly every network charges about the same discount rate. It's VERY VERY unlikely that this will happen in places like france, germany and the UK where competition between networks is still high. In the UK for example the prepay market is growing at an unprecidented rate and the only incentive networks have are promotional subsidies. If they reduce their prepay tariffs too low, they jeaprodise their contract tarrifs. While prepay phones are being subsidised contract surely have to as well. At worst (or best depends how you look at it) the networks may try out contract only tarrifs again. If you look at the figures tho, the true price of the same tarrif varies drastically across the market. On one side you have the clueless idiot who buys the cheapest phone the retail store pushed on him, with a super high line rental tarriff. Here the cost of the tariff is super high, and comission is huge for the retailer/network. On the other side you have the shrude geek who's checked all over google and found the most subsidised handset on that same tarriff. Here the true cost of the tariff is much much lower and the retailer/network makes almost nothing - they expect to make calls on SMS or calls not covered by the plan. On average the network makes somewhere between these two - so 'subsidy' makes sense for them. Remember subsidy works both ways for them. When they say the market is more adult what they really mean is that its got to a point where everyone knows the true value of a tariff. At this point there is no reason to subsidise since it can only work against them. They then think they may as well forget the subsidy and just be up front about the true tariff cost. Do you really think markets like germany, france and UK have reached this point yet? Just take a look at the new orange tariffs, surely there are some people out there signing up for these outpriced tarrifs or they would have been withdrawn.
  9. Most networks do 3 months, 6 months or 9 months because depending on the phone tarrif thats when the clawback expires. (Clawback is the when the revoke comission from the retailer who sold the tarrif because the contract conditions were not met). You're right they know you're tied to the contract, but they do it because some unscurpolous people sign up using large 'off the shelf' companies (or fake details), split the phone and sell it. The contract is then worth nothing since they can't legitimatly tie it to anyone.
  10. You have several options: - Use bluetooth like you're saying. Remember it will impact battery life having bluetooth on all that time. Go to accessories menu and turn on modem link. Then just pair the devices and it will find a new dial up device. Dial *99# and it'll connect through your phone using GPRS. - As above, but use the USB cable. This makes much more sense as your laptop will charge your phone at the same time - Get a 2G or 3G datacard + sub like you're saying - Get a 2G or 3G datacard from ebay. Then buy a T-mobile pay as you go. You can look up the exact rates, but the important thing is they are doing a cap of
  11. Porting my number Vodafone to Vodafone

    It seems most networks are now quoting 7 days to port. I don't think you'll be able to find it cheaper. You're best bet is to hammer away at them, and even tell them you're just going to go port to t-mobile and back again. Realistically tho, the person you speak to just doesn't have the authority to discount it that much. Going through a third party (search online) will get you a much cheaper deal for a new contract btw.
  12. N80 is a BB5 platform. It is imposible to unlock outside of official methods regardless of what anyone may tell you.
  13. Most likely a cell in the battery has died. New batteries aren't that much.. between
  14. Porting my number Vodafone to Vodafone

    You can't port to vodafone paygo - they won't let you port that to vodafone contract, it will just be seen as an upgrade. You may possibly get a better price but still not as good as connecting as a new customer. You're best bet is to port to t-mobile paygo like you say (or any other network's paygo for that matter). You need to get your PAC code from vodafone and give it to t-mobile when you activate the paygo. You shouldn't need to put any money on it to activate it. Porting from vodafone to t-mobile could take upto 2 weeks. During part of this time its possible you may not be able to receive calls on your 'ported' number at all. This usually doesn't happen tho, and if it does its usually no more than a day. The t-mobile paygo will have a temporary t-mobile number. So calling that number will connect calls to your t-mobile paygo while the porting is proceeding. Calls to your normal number will still go to your vodafone line. After porting your ported number will terminate to your t-mobile sim, and your vodafone sim will just stop working. Its possible somewhere in the middle your temporary t-mobile number stops working, and you're vodafone sim also stops working! But like i said usually not for more than a day - and this isnt suposed to happen. Now, when you get your new vodafone line the process works in reverse. The 'pitfalls' of doing it this way as you say are: - For 2 weeks you may have to carry two phones around, not knowing which sim your calls will end up at - There could be some period where neither your temporary t-mobile number nor your vodafone number work. You may be unreachable during this time The above two points then work in reverse when porting back to the vodafone contract. The whole process could take upto a month. Its a big money saving, but very inconvenient. If you really must be reachable at all times, buy a second paygo and give everyone that number temporarily untill the process is complete.
  15. I ordered a 1400mAh battery for my SP5 from there.. I didn't hear anything for a while so i emailed. I emailed again a few days later. The next day i got a 8010 750mAH battery through the post. No invoice, nothing. It looked like he got sick of me emailing and popped it into a jiffy bag that day. I emailed again, and got no reply. I have to contact my bank now for a chargeback.. i wouldn't order anything from these guys if i were you.
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