“When you make a choice, you change the future” - Deepak Chopra
10th January 2020 / Issue #352
Price changes when using out of bundle data whilst Roaming Like at Home
Members using their data in the EU or selected destinations ('Roam Like at Home') that exceed the maximum free data allowance on the £20 or £25 goodybags will now be charged 0.36per MB (reduced from the previous 0.45per MB). For more on this, head over here.
Christmas phone orders return date
For people who ordered a phone as a Christmas gift. You will have up to the 15th January 2020 in which to book it in for return. Members wishing to do so will have to reach out to the agents directly via the appropriate contact form (here) in order to do this. This was clarified in this post here.
Your 2019 in review at giffgaff
giffgaff want to give us a personalised look at 2019 with giffgaff, summarising our usage during the last year and some great fun facts about how we use our phone - your data usage, the number of minutes you’ve used or the number of texts you’ve sent, if you use your phone more during the day or evening to name a few. More information can be found here.
Here are a few of our fellow members' recent discussion threads, head over and give your views:
Our new member @kelli70064 popped on to the community and left us this lovely post: "Hiya folks I’m Kellie and I just got a new phone at Xmas and this is the first time I’ve joined giffgaff, heard so many great things about it and wanted to join so hiya". Say hello to Kelli here.
Our new community friend and giffgaff member @awilson51 joined us this week and is just waiting on her number transferring. Say hello and spread this giffgaff love here.
Meet our new member @lolli98 who says: "Just want to say, "thank you" and probably "hello" to a host of people who've helped me transfer to my new phone to giffgaff, it's been really reassuring to be in amongst such a helpful and proactive bunch". Say hello to Lolli over here.
by as7861 and ijustcantdoit
Conflict free phones from @nicolajgale
Our member's idea states: “It would be good to see giffgaff support projects which provide us with conflict-free mobile phones for those of us who want a more ethical way to stay connected.” What do you think? Have a look at Nicola's idea in full and give her some feedback.
Implement giffgaff for business finally from @sarayvonneevans
Our member's idea is: “There are very many giffgaff users in business, how about setting up a business tariff for small to mid-size businesses where we pay more, perhaps and have a group where we can share images etc as part of our group tariff?” Interesting idea and maybe something for giffgaff to look into. Thoughts?
Brexit and EU Roaming from @mij_sky
Our member's idea states: “So the inevitable, it's going to happen, we are leaving Europe. When this happens we might not have roaming, we technically have had it at giffgaff for a year and now it might go. Can giffgaff keep this for its customers? This will also help generate loads of new customers.” As brexit is maybe on your mind, what do you think about this idea?
Did you know? - A total of 766 ideas have been implemented!
Photo Of The Week
This week's featured photo is British Classic by @isambardo. Some of the comments on the photo include:
- "Great looking car absolutely beautiful" (themzbiker)
- "Wow what a beautiful car and love the colour as well" (bobrobinson)
- "Immaculate wee MG BGT, nice shade of green" (bluejag4211)
- "There's not many cars like that still running. Great photo" (broxiebear)
Well, here we are, into the second week of 2020. Hope everyone enjoyed the festivities. You've all been busy clicking away and captured some brilliant images. This week's featured photo brings back some fond memories for me, I used to own an MGB GT (a navy blue one), so please forgive me for having a soft spot for this photo.
On This Day In History
1920 The League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations, was established in Geneva, Switzerland and was formed of 42 countries around the world. However, this did not include the United States of America due to their policy of isolationism.
1957 Following his failure to handle the Suez Crisis, Prime Minister Anthony Eden resigned and was succeeded by Harold Macmillan.
2016 Singer, song-writer and actor David Bowie (original name David Robert Jones) died in his residence in New York.
10s in Tech: Part 2
Welcome back to 10s in Tech, this week we’re going to look at a few key developments between 2010 and 2012, and highlight the role that this period in the last decade played in boosting mobile technology to the place it is today. Let’s dive in!
2010 was a very different time for technology, Apple had just launched the iPhone 4, and brands such as OnePlus and Honor didn’t even exist, yet now they are some of the biggest players in the mobile game. Talking of big players, way back in June 2019, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy S, the successor to the original Samsung Galaxy, as seen below.
As painful as it sounds to us in 2020, the Galaxy S only had 512MB of RAM, and it’s storage options were 8GB and 16GB, for some perspective, some phones today are shipped with 1TB of storage. Plus, a lot of us use the cloud (Through applications such as Google Drive, Google Photos etc) to store our photos and other things from our phones, therefore, you can only imagine what it was like managing apps, music and photos all within 8GB of storage space. Flipping over to Apple for a second, as I said earlier, 2010 brought the rise of the iPhone 4. The 4 was unveiled in June, and spent a record of 1 year and 3 months as Apple’s flagship devices, until the 4S was released in October 2011. The 4 also brought along Apple’s retina display with one of the highest pixel densities at the time. The storage options also extended to 32GB on it and this proved highly popular.
Onto other devices, other notable releases also included Huawei’s Ascend series and, although not a device, Xiaomi was launched in April of 2010, with its custom Android OS MIUI being launched in August for future Mi devices.
In terms of mobile devices, 2011 was a quiet year for Apple, having their only phone launch be the iPhone 4S in October 2011, originally priced at £649. Ever wondered why some iPhones in the past have had the letter S as the addition onto a new addition to the range? S actually stands for Siri, Apple’s personal assistant. Siri was first developed as a separate application for the App Store, developed by an Artificial Intelligence Research Centre, and Siri was then bought by Apple and first integrated into iPhones with the 4S, hence the S. The 4S also meant the debut of iOS 5. Finally, the 4S was also the final Apple phone to use a 30-pin charging cable rather than the subsequent Lightning cable we’ve come to know today.
On the Android side, Samsung announced and launched the very first Galaxy Note, which included a whole 1GB of RAM and up to 32GB of storage. It also had a revolutionary Super AMOLED display at a huge 5.3 inches. The Note came with Android Gingerbread (2.3). The Note was one of the first phones to be labelled as a “phablet” because of its size, looking like a combination of a phone and a tablet. If only we could foresee the sizes of phones to come in the future. Also in 2011, Sony fully bought out its phones division from Ericsson, giving it the chance to have complete control over operations. In 2011 Xiaomi begun it’s phone sales with the Mi 1, shipped with MIUI.
2012 for Apple brought about the iPhone 5, which came with 1GB of RAM and now up to 64GB of RAM. It also as a revolutionary feature, came with facial recognition. The 5, however, lasted only 12 months in production, ceasing in September 2013 when the 5C and 5S were brought in. The 5S was a revolution by Apple standards, they removed the original home button design and planted a fingerprint scanner, the first of its kind. It also was shipped with iOS 7, arguably the largest overhaul of iOS to date, the OS was completely redesigned physically, and updated to a modern, easy-on-the-eyes design. As well as this we also saw a lot of internal changes, which paved the way to the iPhone 6 the following year.
Android also had a hefty year, with countless new phones being launched and redesigns around every corner. Nokia, for example, launched the 808 PureView, which from the back, you wouldn’t be mistaken for thinking was a digital camera. Nothing out of the ordinary came for Samsung, releasing their Galaxy Note 2 with 2GB of RAM. Finally, throughout 2012, 4G started to roll out worldwide and was finalised and standardised across many different devices to become available. Just think, it’s taken more than 8 years for technology to move onto 5G, and we’re not even there yet.
That’s all for this week, stay tuned for 2013, 2014 and 2015 next week!
Thanks for reading!
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