SilentBob

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  1. SilentBob added a post in a topic With the demise of Phones4U, what now for the high street?   

    One of the things that I have really disliked in recent years is the network / handset exclusivity deals. If you are after a particular handset affected by this, then not only does it mean changing provider, but also that they don't need to try to be too competitive on the contract offered with said handset.
     
    This, I believe, is where these 3rd party sellers come in (the likes of P4U & CPW). At my wife's last renewal she knew exactly which phone she wanted, but also wanted to stay with her current provider who didn't stock the phone. Enter P4U where she was able to upgrade on that handset because they provided the SIM free retail version (another bonus), and on top of that she got given a freebie and a monthly discount.
     
    Whilst in the past I had always bought direct from network, it is looking ever more so that limiting to this channel will mean worse deals for the consumer.
     
    When my wife's contract ends in January she will be following my lead into the pay monthly option (currently GiffGaff), therefore saving a considerable amount of money. She has already sold her current contracted phone and bought a OnePlus One (as have I), and we will both be more likely to stick with buying more affordable phones outright in the future. Therefore bypassing the traditional retailers completely.
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  2. SilentBob added a post in a topic Google Play Music All Access goes live in the UK   

    Does anyone know how the trial works at the end? I.e. Will it auto subscribe and take payments unless you cancel by a certain date? Or is it the other way round, and you have until a certain date to opt in in order to get the £7.99 fee? Thanks.
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  3. SilentBob added a post in a topic Android 4.3 for the Nexus 4 leaked   

    Hopefully they have also fixed the slow Wi-Fi following device sleep that requires you to stop & restart Wi-Fi manually to get a decent connection speed.
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  4. SilentBob added a post in a topic HTC: No Sense 5 / Android 4.2.2 updates for the One S   

    This is exactly why, after using nothing but HTC since the original SPV, this time around I went for the Nexus 4. I love the design and build quality of HTC and even quite like Sense. What I hate about them is the speed at which they drop devices from software support. Even fairly recently flagship devices. My wife has a One X+ and I wouldn't be surprised if that never sees an update either.
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  5. SilentBob added a post in a topic Barnes & Noble Announces Google Play on NOOK HD and HD+   

    Looking at reviews for the HD+ it sounds like the Nook UI is the cause for a lot of lag & stutter. With the newly available access to the Google Play Store is this something that could now be easily overcome by installing a replacement launcher (such as Nova)? Or is a custom ROM the only way to get away from this?
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  6. SilentBob added a post in a topic Hands on with the GENx Nexus 4 bumper from MobileFun   

    I insisted on having some kind of case on my N4 before I would take it out of the house. I admit, the glass back has made me very nervous. I initially bought a "official" replica by Shenit for £12.95...
    http://www.amazon.co...duct/B00AUDSY0K

    I have not seen a genuine official bumper case in person, but this copy does seem to look just like it. It retains a very stylish look, and the buttons are fantastic. However, I still found myself feeling very nervous handling the phone day to day. The black plastic part of the bumper only protruded back and front by a tiny amount, and I felt that this wasn't enough to protect the phone when I place it down or if I were to drop it. Also, the black plastic part wasn't soft enough for me. I would have preferred if it were made of a softer silicone material, as this may have given me more confidence that it would provide some drop protection. As it was, I felt that the only protection offered by this would be that it would prevent the edges of the phone from getting scratched.

    Obviously I do not know how this compares to the official bumper or the GENx one above. Do those protrude enough to protect the screen and back? Is it made of a softer material that might absorb some of the shock from dropping the phone?

    Since buying that bumper, another case came along that seemed like it would offer much better drop protection for the phone...
    http://www.amazon.co...duct/B00A06Z41E

    I have bought this (@ £13.70 including shipping) and whilst it isn't the best looking case in the world, it certainly does look better in the flesh, I have much more peace of mind that the phone will be better protected and I find it actually feels good in the hand too. It doesn't feel half as bulky as it looks like it would. For now, this is what I am sticking to and the bumper is staying on the shelf.

    Whilst I really do like the design of the phone and it is indeed a shame to cover it up, the design certainly wasn't the factor that made me buy the Nexus 4. As such I don't feel I am doing it a great injustice by covering it. I am simply protecting my investment. :)
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  7. SilentBob added a post in a topic BBC iPlayer updated with Jelly Bean compatability   

    The updated BBC iPlayer app still does not work on my Jelly Bean toting GEDified Motorola XOOM (4.1.2). Instead it simply acts as a browser shortcut and takes me to the mobile iPlayer website. From there I can play videos, which launch via the installed BBC Media Player, but as you said the streams are pretty low quality.

    It really is poor. Between the BBC and Sky I hear they are providing great apps for iOS, but both are falling way too short on Android. :(
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  8. SilentBob added a post in a topic Original factory ROMs from Huawei   


    That is a generic firmware (i.e. not for the Vodafone devices). Presumably this can only be applied if you have the bootloader unlocked?

    Software for the Vodafone UK version can be found here.
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  9. SilentBob added a post in a topic Original factory ROMs from Huawei   

    Hmmm. Had a thought. If it is not possible to downgrade to B882 or B885 this way, what if I were to reapply the B892 ROM from the SD card? Unlike the OTA, presumably this would be a clean wipe and may not then have the volume issue? In fact (thinking as I type) perhaps simply a hard reset would fix it? I may try that, as at least I know it it is safe.
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  10. SilentBob added a post in a topic Original factory ROMs from Huawei   

    Hi WackoJackoUK,

    Nope, not got any further information on this. I have downloaded all of the following directly from the Huawei website...
    B882
    B885
    B892

    ... and have scanned through the upgrade guide, re: normal & forced upgrades.

    It would appear from what you and others have said that B882 & possibly B885 have the option to turn off "increasing ringtone", but what I am still unsure of is if it is possible/safe to downgrade from B892 to one of the others, change the setting then update OTA back up to B892. Or if I try to upgrade to a previous ROM version will it fail or worse still brick the phone?

    If anyone can offer advice on this it'd be greatly appreciated. Just to reiterate, I am on completely stock B892.

    Thanks

    Edit: The other thought that I had is whether this would be fixed with the impending ICS update. It'd be good if the other two issues that I have with it were fixed with ICS too... (1) Music playing in alphabetical order rather than track number order (2) Unable to set the correct system voicemail number.
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  11. SilentBob added a post in a topic Original factory ROMs from Huawei   


    I have a completely stock G300 that I received only last week. Only thing I have done is to network unlock it. It is on B892 (can't remember if I had an OTA during setup though). It appears to have the "volume bug" where the ringtone is ascending from 0%, and takes a few seconds before you can hear it properly. I don't have the setting available for turning off ascending/increasing ringtone.

    Can I downgrade to this B885 stock ROM without the need to root or bootloader unlock, etc?
    If I can, will this restore the checkbox for this option?
    Presumably if both the above are ok, I will then be able to force the update to B892 again and it will remember the option NOT to have an ascending ringtone?

    Thanks :)
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  12. SilentBob added a topic in Website   

    Website Redesign on Mobile
    Hi,

    I like the new look of the website when browsing on desktop, however not so happy when viewing via the mobile view (usually when following a link from your Twitter feed). All of the recent articles/comments/forum posts/etc are listed before the article, and it seems like you have to scroll forever before you get to the article itself.

    I know I could view in desktop mode, but tbh I much prefer the quick loading & simplified look of the mobile view.

    On HTC Desire HD using stock Android browser.

    Thanks. :)
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  13. SilentBob added a post in a topic 802.1X password exploit on many HTC Android devices   

    So where to I find this version number ("Versions FRG83D, GRI40") for reference?

    I have an Orange UK Desire HD and am still waiting for the Android 2.3.5/Sense3.0 update. As such, my previous update pre-dates this news by a long way. I can not see anything in the "software information" that includes either of these codes, so are carrier devices "safe"? If not then it is a bit concerning that this has now been made public whilst there are still so many devices out there running the old software.
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  14. SilentBob added a post in a topic Win a LG Optimus 2X with MoDaCo and @superetrader   

    I have not seen the winner announced. Have I missed it? Or has it not been done yet?

    "The winner will be notified by E-mail / Twitter direct message where possible" - Ididn't get this message yet. ;)
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  15. SilentBob added a topic in Website   

    Where's the MoDaCo news?
    It used to be that I could visit MoDaCo daily for all the latest Windows Mobile / smartphone new. However, there seems to be very little activity any more. What gives? It currently seems like it is kept alive purely for the Omnia forums.
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