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London Underground mobile network scrapped

April 1st, 2011 7 Comments By Mof Gimmers

london underground sign 300x199 London Underground mobile network scrappedYou know how Boris Johnson wanted a mobile phone network installed on the London underground so everyone could tweet and text their way around the 2012 Olympic Games?

It’s not happening.

The TfL, 02, Vodafone, Everything Everywhere and 3 have all agreed to shrug and give up on the project thanks to it all seeming like it was a bit of a ballache to sort out.

The Guardian reports that Huawei, a Chinese network equipment supplier, was prepared to donate £50m of equipment to wire up the network and the networks were going to pay for 3G networks to be installed. However, they’re not going to bother now.

Of course, other places – like Paris – already have mobile signals on their underground, leaving Britain looking Victorian, again.

Transport for London said: “The mayor and TfL made it clear that, given the financial pressures on TfL’s budgets, any solution would have to have been funded through mobile operators with no cost to fare or taxpayers. The parties were not able to agree a viable proposal, and the project is therefore not being progressed at this time.”

So a massive waste of time for everyone who sat down to try and work out how this was going to get rolled out then.

A spokesperson for Johnson said: “We are grateful to the companies who explored the possibility of getting full mobile coverage on the tube, although disappointed the genuine problems encountered could not be overcome on this occasion. It remains a long-term goal.”

xin 172010631153429610051 300x249 The necklace that says I cant be bothered to come and see you but I just thought about you there for a second or two.

An old woman, yesterday

Do you have an aged relative who is glumly seeing out their final days in a drab, depressing nursing home, bereft of dignity or in fact any real quality of life?

Do you find it hard to visit them, either because they’re too far away, or because going there makes you miserable or just because you enjoy spending your spare time watching DVDs or playing online poker instead?

If so, this could be the gizmo for you (once they’ve made it) – digital jewellery. Researchers at Newcastle University are developing a range of jewellery that could communicate with other similar pieces from miles away.

The concept is simple – when you’re thinking about your dear old auntie, just stroke the bracelet you wear in the comfort of your own home. Meanwhile, in her urine-soaked bed, your auntie’s bracelet will gently vibrate, letting her know that you’re thinking about her.

Isn’t that great? Now you can completely ignore your ailing relative with a clear conscience. You absolute and utter howling shitehawk.