Is internetdata of one service different to another?

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Reception UMTS of KPN Netherlands

KPN UMTS coverage in The Netherlands

Telecom provider KPN in The Netherlands is about to charge an additional fee for services such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, online video… in order to cope with the increasing data traffic that smartphones and other mobile-ready equipment are causing. This means that a subscriber will pay to be online and additional to it, for certain services. This is strange as they are online services. It’s a miracle why one kind of data is different than another. Why not charge for the total volume consumed, this sounds fair. This also may be an incentive for the hard- and software suppliers to have a look to their products. In my house, we have a Blackberry and an Android phone. As we are regularly in other countries, we have the Vodafone Internet op Reis bundle, which gives 35MB/day for 2 euros/day. And a text message when this limit is reached. The Android phone usually gets this message at 1 or 2PM, as the Blackberry with comparable or more intensive use does not get to this volume. Yes, the Blackberry data is being compressed by the Blackberry Internet Service – but charging for data can give a difference for the preferences people will have. By the way, in the landline world, there also is price differentiation according to internet usage, translated to volume and speed of the connection. This could be adopted for mobile.

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Filtering through loads of information

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Emergency "Twitter was down so I wrote my...

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Just as I was aware that Mashable is going to make it easier tho literally channel its information that you probably think it’s too much already, I saw in this collection the pointer to a way to make the Twitter stream more consumable. For the Chrome browser, the ‘6th Sense extension‘ has been launched which sorts out the information in the timeline on twitter.com and presents it for the last 24 or 48 hours not in chronological, but in relevance order adding a tab to the site. I probably have to test this however I do not use the twitter.com site too often. I will try it though

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