Six days to OnePlus 3 Launch

We are six days away from OnePlus revealing their new phone and as a proud owner of OnePlus 2, I am excited to see what the company has to offer next.

For those who don’t know about OnePlus or about their phones, let me bring you up to speed. If you haven’t heard of the company before, I won’t blame you. OnePlus is a Chinese smartphone manufacturing company that prides itself on making smartphones that can rival phones by Samsung and Apple, at an affordable price.

But here’s a twist: you can’t just buy it from your high street retailer or from their own site. You need an invite to purchase. It’s this sense and feel of exclusivity that made OnePlus phones stand out in your smartphone market. The reviews were positive and people wanted them but invites were hard to come by. It also meant that the company only made the amount of handsets it knew will definitely be sold.

For a company that was founded in 2013 and now has revenue of $300 million, I think the invite-only model served them good.

OnePlus 2 - 2016 Flagship Killer
OnePlus 2 was titled as ‘The Flagship Killer’ – a caption that went well with the company’s motto ‘Never Settle’.

But for OnePlus 3, the company is taking a different route.

OnePlus 3 will not be sold on invite-only basis and will be available to all. Rumors suggest that there will be six variations of OnePlus 3 available to purchase from the company’s site but the official announcement will be made in six days.

Oh, and one more thing: OnePlus 3 will be announced in a VR environment referred to as ‘The Loop’. The app is available to download for free on Google Play.

10 Cloverfield Lane – a different kind of monster movie

Yesterday, I managed to vacant some time to see the film 10 Cloverfield Lane at my local cinema. Before I start what I thought about the film, let me say that I am a huge fan of the original Cloverfield and at the time, I thought it was a work of art that not only managed to scare me but also introduced me to characters that I actually began to feel for.

Now, 10 Cloverfield Lane.

I loved it. I absolutely loved it. No second thoughts on that. I won’t go into details about the movie’s storyline but its real charm lies in the characters. The film follows Michelle (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who is involved in a brutal car accident. She wakes up in a bunker of a man called Howard (played by John Goodman) who claims that he saved her and that there was an attack that has polluted the air outside. We are later introduced to Emmett (played by John Gallagher Jr.) who says that he has seen the attack.

What I liked most about the film was how different it was from the first one and how tense it was. Throughout the film we are told that the air has been polluted by an attack and is now toxic so we are confined to these characters in a claustrophobic bunker. The movie also does a splendid job at following Michelle’s prospective. Throughout the movie, we get to follow her prospective. Can she trust this Howard character? What’s in it for him? Can he be trusted? Has the world outside really gone to hell? She’s doesn’t know who and what to believe.

10 Cloverfield Lane
Are they really safe inside that bunker?

Fans of the original like myself were expecting to make the original monster to appear but what we got was a different kind of monster – human race trying to survive. We get Michelle, a woman who doesn’t how or what to believe. Howard, a man who is trying to survive an attack that may or may not be taking place either and Emmett, a character that looks comes across as nice and supportive.

Here is the thing the movie does best: if you have seen the original Cloverfield, you know what attack Howard is talking about and how wrong he is? And if you have not seen the first film, you will on the edge of your seat, feeling for these characters who are hiding in a bunker trying to figure out each other. It targets the masses who loved the original and who those as well who have not seen it. It caters to both kind of audiences.

Overall, the movie was great and given the way it ended, I would love to see what happens to the survivor of 10 Cloverfield Lane and its monsters.

How Vodafone lost one of their customers…

This is my story. Everything I will write here is my experience with Vodafone and their customer service. I was initially with Vodafone but moved over to O2 when iPhone 4 was about to come out. My contract with O2 was two years long so when that finished, I moved over back to Vodafone and was with them since. As I am quite big on Windows and loved the interface on Windows Phone, I decided to take Lumia 920 on a 24 month contract.

Vodafone Logo
Vodafone – power to me? Really?

When my contract was due to expire, Vodafone’s customer service rang up and tried to lock my contract which meant I would be paying £24 (give or take) for 600 minutes, 600 texts and 250 MB (yes, you read that correct) of data. Naturally, I was not pleased and quoted that EE was offering unlimited minutes and texts along with 3GB of data for £17.99 so why should I lock my contract on that?

The person over the phone matched the deal in the same price, which was very nice of her. The contract was a 12-month long affair and I was fairly happy.

That was until my new sim-only phone Lumia 930 dropped out of my pocket and the screen messed up.

Gutted, I looked for a new phone. My eyes landed on OnePlus Two, a new phone on the market available only online through their official site. Reluctantly, I bought one and fell in love with it.

OnePlus Two
OnePlus Two – a hidden gem in mobile phone market

Anyways, as I was playing around it, I realised that 3GB is not enough for me. I began hunting for a different plan. Will 20GB be enough? It should be. Some of my friends have it and I have never heard of them going over their limit. I shopped around and came across 3 – a network that prides itself on #makeitright. I asked a couple of my friends who use the network and the general feedback was good. I knew I would be leaving Vodafone but was split between Three and EE.

As the date grew closer, I began waiting patiently for someone from Vodafone to ring up and ask if I wanted to upgrade my contract. I still remember I was lying in my bed about to drift away in dreamland when my phone went off. It was Vodafone. I declined the offer for an upgrade and asked for my PAC code, a code that you need when you transfer from one network to another.

EE Network
I have considered joining EE in the past. The prices are competitive and their in-store service is very friendly.

Then the hunt was on. I went in an EE store. Although the guy was very helpful, I was not sold. A short walk down Picadilly Arndale in Manchester and I found myself standing in front of 3’s store. I walked in and the customer sales assistant talked me through different sim-only price plans. I signed up but wanted to wait for a couple of days due to some personal reasons. Basically, I have signed the contract, all I had to do was pop in store any time during a set length and hand in my PAC code within a month of when I got it off from Vodafone.

This is where things went wrong between Vodafone and me.

A few days later, I received a call from someone from Vodafone asking why I was leaving them. I told the rep that I wanted unlimited internet and for £30 a month, I was getting unlimited minutes, texts and data which is an amazing offer.

Three prides itself on its Unlimited Data plans. If you don’t want unlimited data, there are other plans to choose from as well.

After hearing me out, the rep over the phone told me that 3 has stopped doing unlimited internet and it was in the news as well a few weeks ago. Apparently, because there are so many people signing up for unlimited internet and using it to the max, their network simply can’t handle it and therefore decided to stop offering unlimited data.

Really, I thought. Did 3 sales reps lie to me? It can’t be. If they stopped doing unlimited internet, why was it still advertised in their stores?

The Vodafone rep told me that as long as I don’t hand in my PAC code to 3, I will stay with Vodafone and they will be happy to have me as a customer.

I thought about it long and hard. Why was I lied to? I did a quick Google search about the matter but no results came up.

What the hell
Exactly how I felt…

The results I kept getting were 3’s price hike from £17 to £30, which was the same plan I signed up for.

The next day I went in 3’s store in Arndale Manchester where I signed the contract. I told them exactly what the rep told me and to my amazement, the Vodafone rep had lied to me.

What the reps at 3 told me that their unlimited data is what separates them from the rest. No one on the high street offers unlimited data apart from them. He was right as 3 is still advertising their unlimited data in-stores and online. If it is something that they are finished with, why carry on advertising it?

Disgusted in Vodafone and their dirty tactics to keep their customers on-board, the PAC code that was going to be hand in a couple of days was handed out then and there. I no longer wanted to be with Vodafone and after this, I don’t think I would like to go back either.

This is how Vodafone has lost one their customers. It is a shame really as I never had any problem with their network. I always found the network reliable but their sales tactic has definitely put me off. I don’t think I will ever go back to Vodafone ever again.