Treaty of Roam - October the 5th, 2005

Viviane Reding made quite a show about InfoSoc's new website devoted to international roaming, but surfer can only browse through a non user friendly collection of sample tariffs. Consumer groups dubbed this portal to go an excuse for a war on high rates.

The very same day, Microsoft lobbyists were roaming Brussels and Steve Balmer meeting with Neelie Kroes without any specific agenda. Well, she would let him know she just hired Professor Neil Barrett as the technical expert in charge of keeping an eye on microsoftian abuses. The Briton is said to be a specialist in computer security and in UNIX. Stevie is said to be a specialist in securing a unique computer OS. Neelie is said to be a specialist in securing seats in the most unique boardrooms.

And always the same day : among the people who would love to enjoy actual wireless roaming in Europe, a few found out in Melilla the EU could be more about wires, and the barbed kind.

PS : How many Europeans among the 119,474 people who roamed CEATEC Japan 2005 during the first 3 days of the event ? They were all aahs and oohs in front of DoCoMo's Mova HO! or at Fujitsu Labs / Net-2Com Corp's latest VoIP handset (PHS version is ready, GSM and CDMA could follow, Skype is the limit).

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