P’tel is Closing

ATTENTION P’TEL/GIV CUSTOMERS!

Some of you may know already, and some of you this news might not apply to you currently, but it still might apply to someone you know. I recommended P’tel to a lot of people over the years, and the current news is sad and a little unexpected, but the news needs to be spread as P’tel is swamped as it is. The more who know and can pass on the info to others, the better, and the info needs to be consolidated down into a single location.

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The Math of Ten Bucks

The Math of Ten Bucks

(or how to tell the difference between frugality and being cheap)

I got into a debate with a Republic Wireless customer recently. I know, people are sick of me talking about them; but this isn’t a post about Republic, it’s a post about math. Specifically, it’s a post about math defending why you should spend a little time learning about your communications technology, being willing to pay for what you actually need, and choosing the Cheap and Good options from the modified Engineer’s Iron Triangle instead of Cheap and Easy, especially when we’re talking about recurring monthly costs. We shall do this by simply examining the math behind $10.

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Google Fi-fee-fo-feh.

Google Fi-fee-fo-feh.

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!

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Democratic Motors

Democratic Motors

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.

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