This week the team revel in the terrible... the disappointing... the mis-fires and the hopelessly lost. We review 3 candidates for the good ideas that the mobile industry has managed to butcher. Which is your favourite lost cause?
'Things of the week':
- MacLeod: Is using WhatsApp exclusively now... except for his mum... and the supermarket delivery person.
- Blandford: Is anxious that - according to EE - 80% of customers haven’t used a phone box in more than 5 years and half of 18 to 24 year olds have never used one.
- Smith: Ben is delighted that - despite him only mentioning it as recently as last episode - Three UK got the message about free roaming in the US and have launched it.
This week we talk about good things done badly - at the suggestion of Iain Wallace who wins this week's prize, an HTC One from O2:
MacLeod picks up on Iain's suggestion that laptops (and most other consumer electronics) disappoints by not integrating mobile networks or doing so very badly.
Blandford notes operators' inability to launch 'additional' services to take advantage of all the features of their networks or launch compelling web services.
- Smith suggests it's mobile wallets that disappoint... especially in the UK. Despite all the trials, promises and promotions they just can't seem to launch.
Listener's 'letters' - 2 commenting on our security episode this week:
- Alastair Harding highlights that loss of availability is just as much of a security threat as intrusion from hackers.
- Jason Snowden highlights a report suggesting that avoiding online services ('going dark') may draw even more attention from suspicious authorities.
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