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Comment: Re:Hutchison has been offering this for a while (Score 1) 25

by fisf (#49413179) Attached to: Google In Talks To Create International Roaming Network
No. Background / summary: Based on the package that I have, national calls, texts and data traffic is free -- up to some high number that I never reach. What this deal allows, is to consume parts of your package abroad without additional cost. It does however not change your "country of origin" so to say. So I can make callsto / text some at home and use data for free. Newer contracts allow precisly this (= completely free calls/texts within all EU three networks) but do so at an additional cost. Data is usually not included. Since roaming for calls and texts (within the EU) is dirt cheap nowadays anyway, this is not an attractive option :)

Comment: Hutchison has been offering this for a while (Score 2) 25

by fisf (#49413137) Attached to: Google In Talks To Create International Roaming Network
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H... This has been available from national providers that are part of Hutchison for a while (covering parts of the EU, etc.). Depending on your precise conditions the US are included as well (partners being AT&T or T-Mobile). So considering the big picture this is not really big news. Unfortunately *my* local provider canceled the service for new customers which is basically the reason why I am never going to switch to one of their new packages.

Comment: Bitcoin Central is NOT a bank or PSP (Score 1) 84

by fisf (#42226039) Attached to: Bitcoins Join Global Bank Network
As usual the summary is incorrect. But then so is the BBC article and it also vastly simplifies the regulatory framework defining what it means "to operate as a bank" (or even a PSP) -- anybody with more than a month within the finance industry could have told them that. There are various types of bank licenses for different kinds of businesses that very clearly define what you are allowed to do and under what kind of regulations. The term "bank" is too imprecise in that regard. But anyway, Bitcoin-Central is neither a PSP nor a bank and they have put up the corresponding clarification on their website: https://www.bitcoin-central.net/s/aqoba-partnership "In short, Paymium is neither a bank, nor a PSP. And it doesn't need to be."

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