tagged w/ O2
From reading the article you can analyse this in different ways, either the prices are because of touts, from online sales, venue profit making plans or the music industry looking for profits in tours instead of album sales.
Either way, when going to the O2 it sounds like you cannot be guaranteed to creep to the front unless you've brought a 'platinum ticket'. If the 'better view' ticket system works then it might be used by more big venues, since I recall some bands let early arrivals get a free wristband to a zone set at the front of the stage.
"Some bands appearing at the 23,000-seat venue seem to have avoided the temptation to charge Platinum prices, so tickets including service charge for Peter Kay, the comedian, cost £40, Shakira £45, Roxy Music £67, and Lady Gaga £84, including the best seats.
However, other bands appear to be taking advantage of the Platinum system to maximise their profits. Two seats in block A2 for Jean Michel Jarre's show next month cost £195, against a normal face value of £51. Only one Platinum ticket is left for Supertramp, at a cost of £204. At £98 each, Platinum tickets for the Australian comedian Tim Minchin on 14 December are double the normal £44 face value."-Independent
IMO, it is strange to says high price tickets are a tout reaction system, since some football venues use a membership oyster card system that in theory might reduce the sale of paper tickets, which are easily toutable. Though higher prices for certain seats are not a surprise since festivals and touring are more popular at the moment.From reading the article you can analyse this in different ways, either the prices are... more
Found via Twitter on the Glinner feed, but from reading the reddit website it sounds like the image sharer website imgur has been blocked in Ireland by o2. http://imgur.com/
"Its looks like 02 are the first broadbrand provider to become complicit with the new governemnt nanny state internet policies. I woke up this morning went to reddit and every link to imgur is blocked WTF 02? Blocked becasue of their child protection policy - is anyone else having this problem?"-Reddit
It's hard to see why imgur would be stamped as a risk to child protection, unless there's a problem with pictures of a horse or a hedgehog in a chocolate box. Though, the block has many Reddit users upset.
There's an article on Daily Tech from April about the website blocking laws in Ireland. http://www.dailytech.com/Ireland+Considering+Chinalike+Filter+to+Block+Infringed+Pornographic+Content/article18151.htm
"But critics say it is a blunt instrument that does little to combat pornography or other activities, while causing headaches for networks and ISPs. It can also cause inconvenience and costly disruptions to service for innocent companies and individuals if their websites, internet access and e-mail get cut off.
Paul Durrant of the Internet Service Providers’ Association of Ireland says blocking brings cost burdens for service providers and is not particularly effective. He also says it often means many legitimate websites are barred."Found via Twitter on the Glinner feed, but from reading the reddit website it sounds... more
After Orange announced pricing for their iPhone this week, there was much disappointment over the lack of difference between their tariffs and O2’s prices. There was an even more pressing issue to consider for any potential Orange iPhone customers, with the 750MB data limit issued by the network not offering much space for full-blown music streaming, web browsing and downloads...
http://www.t3.com/news/orange-explains-iphone-data-limit?=41975&cid=OTC-RSS&attr=T3-News-RSSAfter Orange announced pricing for their iPhone this week, there was much... more
From free to £539 for device
From £29.36 to £122.34 for monthly fee (24 or 18 months)
Do you think these plans are better than O2?
http://interest.orange.co.uk/From free to £539 for device From £29.36 to £122.34 for monthly... more
A group of Michael Jackson fans, concerned about the late pop-star's welfare in the run-up to the 50 date residency at the 02 have started an online campaign to boycott the film This Is It, which is released in cinemas on Wednesday.
They argue Jacko was being unfairly over-worked by tour promoters AEG during rehearsals for the massive live shows, and even accuse AEG of knowingly 'covering up' the poor state of Jackson's health. According to a Reuters article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/peopleNews/idUSTRE59L61I20091022, "The concert promoters, AEG Live, did not return calls for comment."
The die-hard fans' website (This-Is-Not-It.com) contains messages from people who allegedly spoke to Jackson before he died, saying the star complained of "crippling back pain," and looked visibly fragile and unhealthy.
This comes hot on the heels of vehement denials from the producers of the film that they used body doubles for Jacko in some of the scenes. Joe Jackson claimed that footage seen in the film would be "mostly body doubles," adding to the number of conspiracy theories surrounding one of the most hyped cinema events this decade. And if you like reading into theories like these then the poster's tag-lines might be food for thought: "Discover the man you never knew" and "MJ: Like you've never seen him before."A group of Michael Jackson fans, concerned about the late pop-star's welfare in... more
Apple's iPhone 3GS will be available on Orange in the UK on the 10th of November. Or so says the UK's Guardian - quoting industry sources.
How much is the phone going to cost on Orange? Will it be on PAYG? How will the network differentiate their offering from that of O2's? Looks like we'll have to wait and see.Apple's iPhone 3GS will be available on Orange in the UK on the 10th of November.... more
If your finding it hard to breathe due to a lack of oxygen circulating around your room, then you should take great interest in the O2 Air Purifier.
Designed by Tian Lingrui, the process starts off with placing a potted plant on to the O2 device, watering it, then exposing it to sunlight. After awhile water drops are collected, encouraging the plant to steam and speeding-up respiration, thus increasing the production of oxygen.
This results in a healthier lifestyle both physically and mentally.If your finding it hard to breathe due to a lack of oxygen circulating around your... more
O2, until this week Apple's sole partner for the iPhone in the UK, is struggling to supply customers with the smartphone due to lack of available supplies.
Newspapers and enthusiast sites have reported a drop in the number of phones available, particularly the 3GS model, in stores and online.O2, until this week Apple's sole partner for the iPhone in the UK, is struggling... more
"Now that both Orange and Vodafone have announced they are to stock the phone, O2 has said it is to take another look at the situation, saying in a statement to the Register: "We did not offer unlocking at the end of a customer's iPhone contract as we had the exclusive contract for the iPhone in the UK.
"Obviously, that situation has changed... and we are currently working through what will happen."
If O2 do slacken its lock-in rules, this will good news for O2 iPhone users who may want to switch allegiance once their contract has expired."
Which is good news but a long time coming when you consider that in countries like Fecne its illegal to lock phones to a network.
Anyways i'm sure most users will just jailbreak their iPhones after the contract is up and do what they want with it......."Now that both Orange and Vodafone have announced they are to stock the phone, O2... more
I've taken a keen interest in Android since i first head about it a couple of years ago but i recently gave up waiting for a decent phone running it and got an iPhone 3GS instead.
Unfortuantly for me it seems Samsung have finally got their first Android based handset into the UK courtesy of O2:
"Staff at a handful of O2 retail outlets consulted the chain’s stock management system on our behalf, and told us that the device – which features a 528MHz Qualcomm processor - will arrive in its stores next week.
O2 is the exclusive carrier for the Galaxy."
As soon as it hits sotres i'm going to have a play, its not too late to cancel my iPhone contract.......I've taken a keen interest in Android since i first head about it a couple of... more
Looks like O2 might be losing their exclusive deal on the iPhone as soon as November:
"Mobile Entertainment says the mobile operator solo status ends officially on 9 October.
The magazine also quotes unnamed sources, who say that O2 may retain sole UK rights to the 3GS after this date. This what our sources are telling Reg colleague Bill Ray. (See his analysis, written last month iPhone makes eyes at T-Mobile and Orange to find out more on why the end of the exclusive is good for Apple and, possibly, not so bad for O2 either.)
Orange and T-Mobile are the hot favourites to join in the UK iPhone beanfeast, according to Bill. No surprise here as both operators sell the iPhone in other countries."
Watch this space for more infoLooks like O2 might be losing their exclusive deal on the iPhone as soon as November:... more
Ohhh2 won't be happy!
It would appear that select UK customers of T-Mobile are being offered iPhones - according to The Register. O2 have a UK exclusive on The Jesus Phone, but that doesn't stop rival operators bulk buying the handsets on the European grey market.
I wonder who's pitying da fool now?Ohhh2 won't be happy! It would appear that select UK customers of T-Mobile are... more
So, it appears that the Teletubbies will be appearing at the O2 arena in London. Their comeback tour is purportedly replacing the void left after Michael Jackson's untimely death.
Jackson had been rehearsing for his sell-out O2 gigs when he passed away last month under suspicious circumstances. The Teletubbies, after years in the wilderness have, today, been spotted prancing about near what was the Millenium Dome.
Could they have been behind some fiendish plot to kill the most talented of the Jackson 5? Have they any connection with the missing nose of Jacko?
The plot thickens...So, it appears that the Teletubbies will be appearing at the O2 arena in London.... more
The word on the street is that T-Mobile's UK operation is buying up a bucket load of SIM-free iPhones from abroad. Why, and how..?!
The Telegraph believes it's a desperate bid by the German-owned telco to hold onto customers who want to churn 'cause they yearn for the O2 exclusive iPhone.
That was the why - now for the how...
The iPhone is available SIM-free in markets across Europe, anyone can buy them and they'll work fine with any network i the UK.
The Telegraph: 'Sources at T-Mobile said Apple will be powerless to stop the ingenious plan as Apple's contract with O2 does not prevent other companies importing SIM-free iPhones from abroad.'
Picture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Aido2002 (CC-BY-SA-2.5)The word on the street is that T-Mobile's UK operation is buying up a bucket load... more
Good news for anyone who's on O2 - from August you'll be able to get your Twitter DMs and @replies texted to you - but only up to 20 texts per day, though.
I think this is long overdue. Now c'mon T-Mobile... do the same and I'll forgive you for all of your many, many failings.Good news for anyone who's on O2 - from August you'll be able to get your... more
First the Apple iPhone, now its rival Palm Pre gets an exclusive tie-in deal for mobile phone network O2.
No details of cost, but the network says that it will be on time for Christmas. The deal would cover the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Germany.First the Apple iPhone, now its rival Palm Pre gets an exclusive tie-in deal for... more
In a somewhat shoddy move, the promoters of Michael Jackson's planned London gigs are offering to send fans a souvenir ticket in lieu of a refund. A ticket that, we are told, was designed by Michael Jackson himself.
Would you take the souvenir ticket, or do you think AEG are taking the ticket!?In a somewhat shoddy move, the promoters of Michael Jackson's planned London gigs... more