February 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Rant | No comment

As of Sunday, Three UK (my current mobile provider) started blocking Cydia (link). Apparently this was put onto the filter list by accident, but it’s Tuesday and the site is still blocked. Time to phone up three customer services to get the issue resolved it seemed.

The only problem I had was that they wanted to charge me an extra £5.11* a month for the privilege of being able to access filtered content. Now I find this quite pathetic that you should be charged £5 a month just to get past internet filters which stop your kids from looking at dodgy content. Though to be honest if you let your children use your phone your facebook profile would never be the same again.

Now look at a competitor, say T-Mobile. They have a content filter on their mobile broadband. How do you disable it? Open up a web page and type in your credit card details to verify your age, and there you go. No charge whatsoever.

I’m not the only person to come across this, but if you moan to three enough and raise the problem to supervisor level, you can get the content filter turned off for no charge. I didn’t need to go that far, I just took a compromise. I pay for an internet bolt on for extra bandwidth. All three have done is switched me to the same bolt on but with the filters turned off. I’m happy with that, but when I unsubscribe from that bolt on, that’s for another day.

Still disgusting that they want to charge me. Have I said that enough?

(* notice the 11p extra? Thank you Mr. Osborne for your glorious VAT rise)

February 15, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Rant | No comment

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