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#91
IDNet Help / Re: Outage - possible Zen back...
Last post by zappaDPJ - May 22, 2024, 20:46:21
It seems to have more or less resolved itself now, I'm in the south east on the coast.
#92
IDNet Help / Re: Outage - possible Zen back...
Last post by Simon - May 22, 2024, 19:47:45
All OK here in Sussex.
#93
IDNet Help / Re: Outage - possible Zen back...
Last post by Bill - May 22, 2024, 19:12:28
Nothing noticeable here (South Oxon).

Which proves nothing, of course!
#94
IDNet Help / Outage - possible Zen backhaul...
Last post by zappaDPJ - May 22, 2024, 18:34:56
We've had a two hour plus outage that started around 4.15pm and may still be ongoing. The general consensus at IDNet support seemed to be there's an issue within Zen's network. Although we remained authenticated/connected, throughput has varied from zero to slow with most sites completely unobtainable.

I'm not aware if anyone has been affected but I thought I'd post anyway.
#95
IDNet Help / Re: The UK Landline Switch Off...
Last post by Simon - May 20, 2024, 19:43:03
BT has significantly delayed plans to force customers to switch from physical copper-based landlines to internet-based services following concerns from vulnerable people.

The switch was paused at the end of last year after several incidents where telecare devices stopped working.

Nearly two million people in the UK use personal alarms which rely on landlines.

BT, which is also responsible for EE customers, has now abandoned the timeline of completing the national switchover by the end of 2025, and will instead aim to complete the move by the end of January 2027.

But a campaign group for elderly people has told the BBC the revised timeline is "a token concession".

"The delay is for just over a year, which we don't think is long enough to make sure there are sufficient safeguards for vulnerable customers," said Silver Voices head Dennis Reed.

"BT and the other telecoms firms haven't even worked out what a vulnerable customer actually is, and we are calling for a more defined definition.

"We feel the deadline of January 2027 is very premature."

The move is highly controversial because it will mean an outage, which can be a frequent occurrence in some rural areas, could cause landline phones to no longer work.

It means there is a risk that customers who need personal alarms, which are potentially life-saving, could be left disconnected and without a working device.

BT said its new timetable followed the introduction of a series of improvements to better protect vulnerable customers and those with additional needs.

"The urgency for switching customers onto digital services grows by the day because the 40-year-old analogue landline technology is increasingly fragile," said BT head of security and networks Howard Watson.

"Managing customer migrations from analogue to digital as quickly and smoothly as possible, while making the necessary provisions for those customers with additional needs is critically important."

BT said it will protect vulnerable customers where it is made aware of them, and it plans to provide "resilient solutions" to those who are dependent on their landline.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c5119g5z4q5o
#96
Mobile Devices News & Discussion / Re: WiFi messaging
Last post by peasblossom - May 19, 2024, 07:03:30
Except if you use RCS messaging over WiFi, then it shouldn't cost anything. So I think I'll use that.

https://support.google.com/messages/answer/9487020?hl=en

Plus:

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/what-is-rcs-messaging/
#97
Mobile Devices News & Discussion / Re: WiFi messaging
Last post by nowster - May 18, 2024, 14:27:31
Signal (preferred), Telegram, Google Chat, WhatsApp.

Both sides need to have the same app.

I'm hearing rumours of some shenanigans happening with Telegram. That's why I'd suggest Signal by preference.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.thoughtcrime.securesms

Google Messages is the standard SMS/MMS/RCS app, which uses your operator's (chargeable) services.
#98
Mobile Devices News & Discussion / Re: WiFi messaging
Last post by Simon - May 16, 2024, 20:25:50
I don't know specifically about sending texts abroad, but if you don't want to use WhatsApp (which would have been my suggestion), maybe the Google Messages app might be worth a look?

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging

Alternatively there's obviously the default SMS app on any device.  I presume you're looking for something that doesn't cost extra to message abroad?

I've heard the Telegram app is good, but I've no personal experience of it, and I believe the recipient would also need to have it installed. 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.telegram.messenger
#99
Mobile Devices News & Discussion / WiFi messaging
Last post by peasblossom - May 16, 2024, 20:02:55
And it is specifically messaging I'm interested in. Is anyone aware of an Android app (NOT WhatsApp, please) that can be used for sending text messages abroad? Ideally I'd like one that doesn't require the other person to use the same app, but that might be tall order.
#100
IDNet Help / Re: Centrex vs UBOSS
Last post by krysia - May 15, 2024, 16:47:54
That makes sense - hope it goes well!