PHUKET:I remember the day well. October 1, 2007. The people at CAT let me take a sneak peek at their new “AirCard” service – the first wireless broadband service in Phuket.
I’m sad to say that, by the end of this year, that service will be officially phased out.
I call the service “EV-DO”, although the technology is actually called “CDMA EV-DO Rev A.”
Most of the people who bought into the service, in the early days, bought a Sierra Wireless AirCard (“AirCard” is a trademark of Sierra Wireless).
The AirCard plugged into a PCMCIA slot on your PC – back then, USB wasn’t common at all, but almost all laptops had wide PCMCIA slots.
An AirCard cost 15,990 baht. Unlimited EV-DO service ran to 1,290 baht per month.
I recall being absolutely delighted at the time that my downloads of Windows beta test versions would only take hours, instead of days. I downloaded Vista Beta 5728 that week on my TOT line and it only took two days. If I’d had the AirCard at hand, it would’ve taken four to six hours.
It’s hard to believe this was just five years ago.
Like the rest of Thailand, CAT has moved on to 3G. More accurately, to HSPA+, which is far faster and more reliable than EV-DO. The old CDMA network is being dismantled, and EV-DO will disappear along with it.
I asked at the CAT office in Central last week what would happen to the people who still have EV-DO AirCards. They didn’t seem to be overly concerned: my guess is that only a handful of people in Phuket who are actually still using EV-DO.
The bad news is that CAT has no plans to offer you a discount on converting to their “My 3G” network – the one based on HSPA+.
The good news is that… well, there really isn’t any good news. EV-DO users are basically up a creek.
As I explained two weeks ago, CAT has the least expensive, and arguably the best, “3G” HSPA+ service in Phuket.
Getting started with My 3G will cost one-tenth of what EV-DO cost back in the day, and the monthly charges run at 800 baht, for high speed downloads up to 4GB per month.
If you blow your monthly data cap, CAT throttles you back to a nominal 384 Kbps. (Don’t whine about the data caps too much, folks – they are now a fact of life everywhere in the world).
Of course, 3G in Thailand is in a state of massive upheaval and uncertainty. Just like it was five years ago, come to think of it.
Right now, as I also mentioned two weeks ago, there are rumors that CAT may shut down its My 3G program – or someone may shut it down for them.
I figure that’s unlikely to happen, simply because so many people depend on 3G. But, well, you never know, eh?
A passel of tips for all you iPad users
Friends of mine wrote in with a bunch of questions about their new iPad. Here’s what they said:
We have finally bought ourselves an iPad (the New…as there were no iPad 2s available).
Being very new to Apple technology we would appreciate your advice and tips on the following:
• Do we need to download any virus software?
• Do you use Safari or an Apple version of Firefox?
• Do you use a Dropbox program or use the iCloud?
• Any tips and recommendations regarding free downloads that are a must – or the ones that are a must to purchase.
• Do we need to register the iPad with Apple for the warranty (the staff in the Apple Store in Central were not very helpful).
We would appreciate any advice/tips etc that you may have, if you have the time.
I’m not an iPad expert, but I’m certainly a fan. Here’s what I wrote back:
There haven’t been any viruses on iPads yet. But you need to keep your ears open, if one should appear.
I use Safari. I don’t like it. I may switch to Chrome or Firefox, but haven’t had the time to give it a run.
I use both iCloud and Dropbox, but for two completely different things. Unless you need to work with your PC-based documents on the iPad, iCloud is probably all you need.
You need to realize that you don’t need to hook your iPad into a PC any more, or download iTunes for your PC. You can connect your iPad directly to iCloud, and get everything from there. In my opinion, that’s a much better alternative (although there are some cases where you might want iTunes).
Many people in Phuket don’t realize it, but you can get a pre-paid SIM card for your 3G iPad. Details and a lengthy discussion at thaivisa.com/forum/topic/552146-ipad-prepaid-3g-card/ .
Yes, you should register your iPad. If the locals won’t do it, keep your receipt. Apple’s good about service.
Here are the sites I recommend for getting started:
There’s also a list of good iPad apps here: W: t3.com/features/best-ipad-apps.
GoogleEarth is amazing, same with Flipboard, both free. But I wouldn’t spend much money until you get a feel for it…. You’re going to find that there’s plenty to do and learn with just a plain iPad.
Update on the PCs4Kids project
Many of you may recall the PCs4Kids project, undertaken by Ross James and aided and abetted by a long list of locals.
The project’s moving forward slowly. Right now Ross has an application in to Microsoft, asking for donated Windows 7 licenses for all of the refurbished computers. He reports that it looks like the licenses will be granted, but it’s taking longer than expected.
A few of the computers have already been distributed to needy and deserving kids in Phuket, although most of them are still waiting for Win7 licenses.
Ross reports that they’re going to expand the program a bit, to encompass local college and technology school students as well as younger kids.
Ross says that they need monitors – any kind of monitors, but especially flat panels.
“I want to push for flat panels, but I don’t want to turn anything down right now. Here is my angle: You are probably reading this on a screen that you will upgrade sooner or later. Why not do it now?
“You will enjoy the hell out of your new 1080p 24-inch (or 32-inch), and someone else will get your old 19″ with some life left in it. So what are you waiting for?”
Donations of used PCs, peripherals, screens, laptops (especially laptop batteries, working or not!), memory chips, working or not – are greatly appreciated.
Bring them by either of the Sandwich Shoppes, or drop me a line.
Woody’s Sandwich Shoppes hold computer sessions under the tutelage of Seth Bareiss every other Wednesday afternoon, from 1 to 3pm. If you have a Windows problem that needs to be solved, drop by one of Seth’s free afternoon sessions. Details in the Phuket GazetteEvents Calendar.
Live Wire is Woody Leonhard’s weekly snapshot of all things internet in Phuket.
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Phuket reports 12 new coronavirus cases, all from Patong
The southern island province of Phuket confirmed 12 new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus today (Thursday), bringing the total on the island to 87. All appear to have originated in the island’s Patong area, most from the Bangla Road red light district.
The town of Patong was placed on unofficial curfew yesterday as its governor issued a public decree urging residents to stay in their home at all costs, and promising delivery of necessities to those in need to keep them from venturing out.
The details of the new cases are…
Case 76: A 28 year old Thai woman, a restaurant owner in Patong. she has a history of contact with foreigners and visiting Bangla Road. She fell sick on March 20, 1 contact is considered at risk and is being sought by authorities.
Case 77: A Swedish woman, aged 52, a tourist who came to Thailand with her husband on March 13. She has history of visiting Bangla road, although she stayed a hotel in Karon. She became sick on March 21, 2 contacts are at high risk.
Case 78: A 26 year old Thai woman, a waitress in Patong who had close contact with foreigners and visited Bangla Road. She got sick on March 21, 2 contacts are at high risk.
Case 79: A 37 Russian woman, a tourist in Patong for more than a month. She has an alleged history of partying in Bangla Road and had contact with case 49, a Ukranian man. She became sick on March 20 and 1 other person is at high risk.
Case 80: A 30 year old woman from Kazakhstan, also a tourist in Patong for more than a month, who also had contact with case 49. 1 person is considered at high risk.
Case 81: A 48 year old Thai woman, masseuse in Patong at the same massage shop as cases 32 and 62. She fell sick on March 22 and 6 people are believed to be at high risk
Case 82: A 39 year old Thai man, a worker in a phone shop in a Patong mall. He has a history of close contact with foreigners and visited Bangla Road. He got sick on March 22, 7 people are at high risk.
Case 83: A 37 year old Thai woman, worked in the same Italian restaurant, as cases 59 and 60. High risk contacts total 15
Case 84: A 36 year old Thai man, a chef in Italian restaurant, who became sick on March 30. 12 people are at high risk.
Case 85: A 51 year old Thai woman, a waitress in same restaurant. She fell sick March 25, 13 people are thought to be at high risk.
Case 86: A 30 year old Thai man, a chef in same Italian restaurant, who got sick on Tuesday. Contacts at high risk number 13 people.
Case 87: A 32 year old Thai woman, a tour guide who had contact with a group of friends in Bangla Road. She got sick on sick on March 24, 5 people are at high risk.
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Bangkok Airways cancels all domestic flights from April 7
Bangkok Airways has announced today that they will cancel all it domestic flights from April 7 – 30. The company’s vice president, Tresarum Sitakalin says the flights that are being cancelled are…
- Bangkok – Chiang Mai
- Bangkok – Phuket
- Bangkok – Trat
- Bangkok – Sukhothai
- Bangkok – Samui
- Samui – Phuket
“The company had previously decreased flight frequencies on these routes and also using some of their smaller ATR aircraft instead of their Airbus 320 aircraft.”
“From April 7 onwards until April 30, we will cancel all flights.”
Requesting for a refund can be done at www.bangkokair.com/refund or contact their ticketing offices at +662 270 6699 or Bangkok Airways Call Centre on 1771 . For passengers who purchased their tickets through travel agencies, please contact their travel agency directly.
SOURCE: The Nation
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Urgent repatriation notice for Swiss and German citizens as immigration rules tighten
An urgent repatriation notice has been issued for Swiss and citizens in Thailand. According to Richard Barrow’s Twitter feed, flights are being urgently chartered to evacuate citizens of both nations: A notice posted on the Embassy of Switzerlad’s website reads…
For Swiss travellers in Thailand: Swiss charter flights from Thailand to Switzerland/update…
Bangkok – Zurich
– Good news: seats are still available for a 2nd charter on Sunday April 5 (at 13:05). To register, please send the requested information below for all concerned passengers to: email@example.com -> Deadline: Thursday April 2, 20:00
Phuket – Zurich
– The charter flight is now confirmed for Thursday, April 2, at 23:35. People who have registered will receive a confirmation soon.
– Good news: a few seats are still available. To register, please send the requested information below for all concerned passengers to firstname.lastname@example.org ->
Requested information to be sent…
1. Point of departure: Bangkok or Phuket
2. Family name, first name(s)
3. Date of birth
4. Passport number/Residence permit in Switzerland
5. Validity date of the passport or residence permit in Switzerland
6. Phone number where you can be reached at any time
• Please note that no health certificate is required to board on these flights. However, people with Covid-19 related symptoms are not allowed to travel. More information on these flights is available on our website (www.eda.admin.ch/bangkok)
A similar notise was posted for German nationals…
Due to the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis, travel restrictions and requirements in Thailand are sometimes difficult to navigate. One netizen told The Thaiger this morning that Immigration officials in Hua Hin were demanding the following for an extension of stay…
- Application form (TM.7)
- Fee 1,900 baht
- 2 photographs (passport photo)
- Copy of applicant’s passport (Data page, Visa page, Stamp page, TM6 card)
- Letter of confirmation and request for a temporary stay from the embassy and consulate in Thailand
- Proof of address: In case stay at Hotel – Letter of confirmation of stay from hotel – Hotel booking – Photograph of foreigner at hotel 2-3 pictures. In case rent a house/condominium – Rental agreement – Copy of Lessor’s ID card and copy of Lessor’s house book – Copy of house book from where you rent – Photograph of foreigner at house/condominium 2-3 pictures
- In case of foreigner own the property – Copy of a house book – Copy of Title deed – Photograph of foreigner at the property 2-3 pictures
- Map from house to immigration
- Note: Foreigner must prepare all documents for 2 copies
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