Vodafone Content Control


Back when I worked for them, I was (partly) responsible for some of Vodafone UK's "Content Control" systems. I didn't like the system then, and I don't like them now. I understand the need that network operators have to protect themselves from bad headlines and give people some control over what they see online. What […] Read More

I Am No Longer a Vodafone Shareholder


As many of you know, I worked for Vodafone for nearly 7 years. I left shortly before the "entirely legal and justified tax avoidance" scandal came to light. I didn't know anything about the tax issues while I was working there - other than the fact I had some colleagues working in Luxembourg - otherwise […] Read More

The Death Of The BlackBerry


For years I was a BlackBerry fanboy. I remember snatching a departing colleague's 6710 and lying to the IT department that I was authorised to have my email on my phone. I never looked back. Despite a brief flirtation with the Nokia N95 - I was a BlackBerry Boy through and through. Until this happened. […] Read More

#O2Fail - What You Need To Know About Mobile Phone Content Control


WARNING This article and pages it links to, contain information about pornography and sex education which may be offensive to Daily Mail readers. These are the hurried lunchtime writings of a chap with too much on his plate. So, O2 has apparently angered the Internet Gods by switching on its Adult Content Filter. This means […] Read More

Reputation Management at the Speed of Fright


(This post appears on ReputationOnline) Vodafone has suffered a massive blow to it corporate reputation in recent days.  A security error on their site allowed anyone to find customers' email addresses and phone numbers.  It's still unknown if any accounts were compromised due to the flaw - nor is it known if there was any […] Read More

Vodafone Exposes Users' Email Addresses


(Disclaimer - I used to work for Vodafone. I don't any more.) A rather nasty flaw with Vodafone's "My Account" service was recently pointed out by Denny de la Haye. Vodafone will quite happily tell you the email address of any customer who has set up the "My Account" facility. Ugh. @VodafoneUK's website exposes my […] Read More

Kindle and SureSignal - or how to find your Kindle's phone number


I've got a rather neat femtocell - the Vodafone SureSignal. It extends the 3G signal into my house by way of my broadband. To stop anyone leaching my broadband, you need to register "approved" phone numbers with the SureSignal. So - given that the Kindle has a Vodafone SIM card - how do we find […] Read More

Mobile Badvertising: Samsung Galaxy S


In this Mobile Badvertising series, I regularly pick on the Guardian.  I don't have anything against them - they're my favourite mobile news resource.  It's such a shame that the advertising they have on the site is atrocious. Samsung Galaxy S The Galaxy S is Samsung's latest Android handset.  There are so many Android phones […] Read More

Android App - Vodafone UK USSD Commands


This is a really geeky app! You know USSD? They're the codes you can type in to your phone to send messages back and forth to the networks.  You've probably seen something like *#147# to display the last caller. My second app presents a series of buttons which call the USSD commands - so you […] Read More