Three, the UK operator, sells 3G contracts but doesn’t tell its customers that it blocks them from accessing the internet. Al Iguana shares the experience:
I got an amazing new phone, a Nokia 6680. Symbian 60, dual camera… you can read reviews of it all over the internet. Superb bit of kit.
My wonder-phone has a flaw. a serious flaw. because I’m on Three. I can’t access the internet. They’ve blocked it. No blog clients. No RSS readers. No Wap. All I can do is visit Three’s website. A Pay website. Want to read the news? Each item costs 50p. The weather? 50p. OUT-FUCKING-RAGEOUS!!!
So I have all this stuff on the phone, Opera, Lifeblog, Yahoo Messenger, and I can’t use it. Whats the point of that??
“Due to a business decision 3 have chosen to promote a great range of products and services available via the 3 browser instead of offering open internet access
Open internet access is something we are currently looking at, however, I can provide you with no definite information at this time.”
Time will tell how long they’ll be around with such “business decisions”. (Thanks to Olli for the link.)