The People vs Optus Australia/SingTel Singapore feat. Bildo Franco Johno Quinn Oh!

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This is what’s known in some circles as a slow burn.

Hopefully, the Optus Australia mob will tip a sizeable bucket of cold water on it before it burns too brightly and widespread-ly.

I’m not holding my breath. I’ve had 20 years and almost six months of bitter experience to water down my expectations on matters mobile, tech, billing, customer service.

There’s been good times too. I received such good service from V. the CSR and trainer when Optus was subsuming Virgin Mobile that I wrote her a two-page reference.

But the good times and all the Optus Sports under the English and European suns don’t make up for all the gluggy, smelly, runny brown stuff.

Let’s go to the tape, Rex.

Toby Kon Tin-Ewed…

 

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A Punter’s Perspective February 2014: Phone Drones

Put the bloody thing away!
Put the bloody thing away!

A Punter’s Perspective

Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage

Phone Drones

First published in Trad and Now magazine, February 2014

A funny thing happened on the way from the Illawarra Folk Festival.

It was Monday morning and I was walking to the Bulli train station in the light drizzle, a damp swag slung o’er the shoulder, a song in my heart and a tune in my pancreas. And as is my wont on a post-festival morn, I was ruminating on the music and song-filled days just passed when it suddenly struck me.

Something had been missing. Something had not been there. There had been a yawning chasm, a gaping void.

I couldn’t recall one single mobile phone sounding in a concert venue.

Not one loud blast of ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ at an inopportune time.

No sudden fanfare of Morris Dancing’s greatest hit in inglorious polymorphic tones.

And while others may have suffered in the auditory department from SMS Alertsville, I could not recall one chirp, beep or apocryphal whistling tone* to announce an incoming text message.

(* I’m a liberal with a small ‘l’, but the creation and use of this whistling alert sound for text messages is, in my book, justification enough for the re-introduction of capital punishment. Especially on Sydney trains.) Continue reading