A lot of buzz has been circulating around the MVNO and FIRE communities the past couple days since Google officially announced their Google Fi service. Of course, it’s been a mixed reception, but those of us in the know aren’t particularly moved by it. Since it’s on people’s minds, however, I’m going to *ahem* exploit the topic shamelessly and not only talk about it’s possible value, but also how to do nearly the same danged thing for about the same cost without buying a ghastly $650 Nexus 6. That’s right, we’re ‘skatin again!
The past few weeks, I’ve been hit by several frothing, angry, irrational “fans” of a particular pseudo-MVNO/VoIP provider here and elsewhere calling me a hater and other silly names despite my not doing a post on the subject since July 2014, and never particularly pointing out more than the known downsides and costs of their most favoritist mobile provider in the world in relation to other providers elsewhere, as usual. I’ve even got some supportive comments from others, but I’ve felt uncomfortable greenlighting their comments as well, as a couple of them have been barbed with so much venom against our mutual adversary I felt it crossed a line I’m not comfortable supporting. I try to speak truth in love, and though I know I can get snarky at times, I try to stick with just the facts.
That said, I think it may be analogy time. Grab some hot cocoa and snuggle in, chillun’. Unka Daley’s gonna tell you a story.
When you’re in technology, you often find yourself and your pet projects facing the cobbler’s children syndrome as you pour yourself into everyone else’s needs but you let your own suffer. I’m certainly guilty of it myself, and the site here has suffered for it. Well, I’m trying to change that.
No doubt those of you who have taken my recommendations over the years on using older Nokia Symbian handsets (especially the S40/Asha models) have had a nasty little surprise crop up in their email apps the past few days. Well, I helped get you in this fine mess that Microsoft has created, it’s only fitting that I help get you back out.
Earlier in the week, I proposed and started a challenge to the MMM community after a great deal of discussion over the subject and influence of mobile phone usage and addiction. As such, I basically put my money where my mouth is, just to show that I do genuinely believe in the advice I dispense here and even go so far as to practice what I preach. Now, I’m bringing the challenge to all my readers today, the day the iPhone 6 goes on sale. (It seems appropriate.)