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Hybrid mobile/VoIP/wifi phones with local number addon abilities – MaxRoam and Cubic Phones

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Kind of how I’d describe the new Roam4Free now known as MaxRoam products. Pat has launched the new roaming service as well as the mobile phones themelves at Techcrunch and already Scoble thinks the product is the biz. I think a lot of people will realise how good it is in a while. Not that the Engadget folks or their followers seem to be able to get their head around it.

I got to play with the phones and quiz Pat a little on how the service worls. The roaming part is easy enough. You get a sim. It has a number. When you roam, you get cheaper deals by routing over the MaxRoam network. You can add a new local number for the country you are in by adding it to the sim online for a fee. Clever. This means you can create a whole lot of local virtual offices and they all route to one mobile. Americans roaming in Spain? Get a sim with an American number, have Americans contact them on that and have local Spanish business people contact them on a Spanish number that they add to the sim. Come back to America and the Spaniards can still use the Spanish number to contact you.

The phones, they’re nice. Mobile and WiFi. Free handset to handset calls over WiFi networks and a small charge if you call via WiFi and terminate on a non cubic phone. Love this idea.

Everything about this is great except I am really really not a fan of the website. Business people won’t appreciate how informal it is, it does not look professional and I think it might be good to do some SEO work on the site too. I’m not sure how these people do it, but some sites appear BIG, like they are built to serve millions, this looks nothing like that.

Press release blurb:

Cubic Mobile is a dual-band GSM/Wi-Fi phone that comes with several major innovations enabling callers to make and receive low-cost calls around the planet, wherever they roam:

* MAXroam: the world’s first universal SIM card, offering consumers the best country-to-country phone rates anywhere. The MAXroam SIM, which can also be purchased separately, is a major breakthrough, and the result of years of negotiations with GSM carriers around the world.

* As many phone numbers as you like: full PBX functionality on the handset. Consumers get a single phone number, but can create multiple permanent local numbers for themselves – up to 50 – anywhere around the globe. All calls are forwarded to their Cubic Mobile phone, no matter where the calls originate, at the best rates for the callers.

* All Voice over IP (VoIP) calls within the Cubic network are free. All Cubic Mobile customers get a short code that they can use to make free VoIP calls to any other customer on the Cubic network. This is an especially attractive feature to families who live across borders and globally distributed companies and workgroups.

Cubic Mobile has been designed by a team with extensive experience in consumer and wireless technologies. It also has the ability to route a call to the lowest cost network available, whether it is GSM or Wi-Fi. “It’s consumer friendly in many ways, said Pat Phelan. “It is friendly in its utter simplicity, but also friendly in its ability to also ensure that you and your callers are always getting the lowest rates”.

Pricing and Availability
* Cubic Mobile, which comes in two models, will be available from October 1st at The basic model will sell for EUR99.95 and a Windows Mobile version at EUR159.95 (both handsets come with a MAXroam SIM included and an initial EUR5 calling credit).

* MAXroam, which operates on any unlocked GSM phone, can be purchased separately for EUR29.99 (with an initial EUR5 calling credit) and is available on September 24th at

Fluffy Links – Tuesday September 18th 2007

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Lucky escape for these soldiers in Iraq. Someone buried the IED too deep it seems.

The jokes had to happen. Interesting service is this,

Syria has nukes now?

Yahoo! buys another mail company?

Massive list of videos from the Sunday Night with Jools Holland and David Sanborn show.

Royksopp – Remind Me

A different version of Peaches – Fuck the pain away

Is this Irish Football International Stephen Ireland, in a thong, or is it a woman? Love the pink dude. Love it.

Monday, September 17th, 2007

So the Guardian today linked to what they alleged is Stephen Ireland’s Bebo page where he said: Football Is SHIT Why Did I get Stuck Doin It

Now, the Bebo profile is public and shows off loads of pics of whoever this person is.

Love this Bebo sign-in name:

Stephen Ireland

This is a better pic of the alleged Stephen, is this the real deal?

Stephen Ireland perhaps?

This here is the alleged Stephen and his GF with “alleged” Stephen sporting a thong, though some are saying they’re the legs of a woman, what you think folks?

This is the version with just “Stephen”:
Stephen Ireland in a thong. Nice ass dude.

The whole gallery of pictures is here.

Google for “drink responsibly” and see ads for off-licences?

Monday, September 17th, 2007


Drink Links

Irish Politics Aggregator updated

Monday, September 17th, 2007

My own little addition to online Irish Politics, Politics In Ireland is an aggregator that Rob built for me last year. It’s now been rebuilt from the ground up by John and covers all the current TDs once again. As well as a new design, there’s widgets so you can stick a mini version of the site on your blog sidebar for your politician, party or constituency of choice.

You can also subscribe to the site by email or RSS and there is an Irish Politics wordpress plugin too which will link to the pages of the TDs that you mention on your blog.

If you’re feeling generous, I’d love if you could link to Politics In Ireland from your own blog or give it a mention in a blog post. Ta very much.

Fluffy Links – Monday September 17th 2007

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Al arrives for BarCamp Galway, a week early.

For the Star Wars IT Nerds – R2D2 Projector

Oh god. Too far. Million Dollar homepage, Million Dollar pubepage.

I watched the first episode of Muslim comedy Little Mosque on the Prairie. Stay away, it’s awful. The running joke is people think they’re terrorists. Haha. Not.

Love the ads that Facebook shows on the profiles of Google employees. Google should do the same for Facebook IP addresses.

Brian looks at Irish data plans if you had an iPhone.

Civil Service in action. In the BBC 40 procedures and 30 forms are required to be followed/completed if the police catch a thief in the act of snatching a handbag. Uhm…

Shame the All Tomorrows Parties Portishead special event is while I’m away withPaddy’s Valley.

Via BoingBoing, to market a new Dylan somethingorother, you can add your own text to his famous Subterranean Homesick Blues video. This is a Battlestar Galactica version.

Further nerd alert. Check out the Polish Vision Express ad. Notice the nerdcore messages on the chart.

Toblerone bars have a hidden bear on the packaging. Well I never.

Via Random Reflective Rantings

Daft Punk done with hands:

Placebo – Running up that hill

Intel buys Irish gaming software company Havok

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Well done to the people in Irish gaming software company Havok, according to Techcrunch, they’ve been snapped up by Intel. This follows the March aquisition of Irish gaming middleware company DemonWare by Activision. Well done all. Nice to see Ireland doing so well in the gaming industry.

Sounds to me like he needs to fix the disconnect between external and internal

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

So it seems that the shuffling of the deckchairs in the Green Party continues. I got a press release now saying Paul Gogarty is going for Cathaoirleach of the Green Party. Best of luck etc. What I found odd about the release though was this note at the end:

While he is best known outside the Party for his work as Education Spokesperson, as well as the development of “50 Steps to a Better Education System”, internally he is recognised equally for his work in supporting election candidates and local constituency groups and for his input into the party’s political strategy.

Shouldn’t you be recognised internally and externally for all your work? Seems odd. And did you know he has 6 toes on his left foot too? This is recognised internally.

Super Fit Man Markham does Marathon for MS

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Markham has a nice post about running the Sydney Marathon. He seems to be in perpetual training mode for all these endurance feats. He’s hoping to raise a few quid this year for noble reasons:

On September 23 I’ll be running the Sydney marathon in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and in memory of my mum, Mary, and her unusually intense struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Head on over to his blog if you want to read more and contribute to his run.

er Bloglines, I think you might have a problem

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Bloglines has delivered me 8000+ unread posts in my Irish feed folder alone. Bit of a hiccup there lads since I went through all my feeds about an hour ago. I still find it faster and better to use than Google Reader by the way. Google Reader feels like scrolling through treacle.

Bloglines delivered me about two weeks of posts