David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't be paying many bills. His early journalistic career was spent in general news, working behind the scenes for BBC radio and on-air as a newsreader for independent stations. David's main focus is on communications, of both the fixed and wireless varieties, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices. He is based in Berlin.

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Scamalot

Scamalot

I've been glancing through Michael Peel's Chatham House report Nigeria-Related Financial Crime And Its Links With Britain, off the back of how it was reported in the papers (such as the Metro's "'Nigeria e-mails' cost £150m a year" headline).

November 20, 2006 by in Telcos

Blair wants to hear from YOU

Blair wants to hear from YOU

Much hilarity at Tony Blair's e-petitions initiative, which has so far succeeded in getting people to ask that the PM: stand on his head and juggle ice-cream, change the national anthem to "Land of Hope and Glory" or "Rule Britannia", keep Sunday special, "abolish this e-petition site as it's a waste of taxpayers money and distracts from debating real issues" and, er, "prevent mobile phones on the London Underground" (eh?).

November 20, 2006 by in Telcos

So close yet so far...

So close yet so far...

I've been on a quest for a new handset for a while now (my current phone is the Qtek S100 - a fine beast but I want more current functionality) and got quite excited when I saw this baby, the HTC P4350, announced today. It's like the TyTN but slimmer, which is a big plus.

November 20, 2006 by in Telcos

Deutsche Telekom sheds CEO

Deutsche Telekom sheds CEO

The analysts have come out in force to mourn (sort of) the passing of DT head honcho Kai Uwe-Ricke, who got the boot yesterday. He'll probably be replaced by Rene Obermann, CEO of T-Mobile.

November 13, 2006 by in Telcos

NTL tackles its customer service

NTL tackles its customer service

News just in: NTL's addressing its customer service issues by adding "a new back office system from Convergys". Not a bad idea at all, seeing as it currently has (count 'em) four billing and customer service systems in place.

November 13, 2006 by in Telcos

Granger grassed by mum over IT failure

Granger grassed by mum over IT failure

Oh dear oh dear - turns out Richard Granger, head of the NHS's IT revamp (the largest civilian IT project in the world, lest you forget) failed his computer studies course at Bristol Uni. This could explain a lot.

November 13, 2006 by in Telcos

It was only a matter of time

It was only a matter of time

Auntie reports a YouTube-based video of LA police beating up on someone. In a way, it's incredible to think it's taken this long for something like that to turn up on YT - Rodney King II, anyone?

November 10, 2006 by in Telcos

The iPhone cometh. Maybe.

The iPhone cometh. Maybe.

So is Apple going to introduce its own mobile phone after all? According to this piece from the good folks at InformationWeek, a couple of patents recently acquired by the iPeople could point in that direction, but...

November 10, 2006 by in Telcos

Whither Dunstone's blog?

Whither Dunstone's blog?

What's happened to Carphone Warehouse boss Charles Dunstone's blog? He set it up back in April, roundabout the time CPW kicked off the whole "free broadband" thing, saying he would "update this blog regularly to keep you up to date with what's happening".

November 10, 2006 by in Telcos

Kerching! One million down...

Kerching! One million down...

The million-unbundled-lines mark has just been passed, according to Peter Black, the telecoms adjudicator. Seeing as the target for that to happen was the end of this year, not bad going, Openreach!

November 8, 2006 by in Telcos

Statistical spin of the day

Statistical spin of the day

So we get a press release today from the Met, entitled: "Mobile phone crime in Capital falls significantly - Latest from New Scotland Yard". Interesting stuff, right?

November 7, 2006 by in Telcos

Press release of the day

Press release of the day

So what shall I do with this blog thingy today? I know, pour scorn on the day's crappiest press release, which comes courtesy of Image Analyser Ltd, a company which, um, er...

November 7, 2006 by in Telcos