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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has gone into the mobile carrier business, buying a stake in and becoming co-chair of The People’s Operator. TPO, which is little more than a year old, is a community-oriented UK operator that passes 10 percent of customers’ bills and 25 percent of TPO profits to “good causes” (Wired UK has a good interview with Wales that goes into cause selection). The virtual network operator also said said on Monday that it would launch in the U.S. next. “TPO has huge potential for viral growth and the more it grows, the more money will pass to the people and communities that need it,” said Wales.

  1. Jonas M Luster Monday, January 20, 2014

    “Our unlimited bundles for Pay Monthly (SIM only) services are subject to a fair use allowance of 3000 text messages per month for Unlimited SMS tariffs, 3000 minutes per month for Unlimited Minute tariffs and of 3000 Mb per month for Unlimited Data tariffs. If you exceed these allowance amounts we will charge you for the excessive element of your usage at the rates set out in your PAYM standard price plan.”

    Yes, that’s “fair”. This idiotic notion to rebrand a capped and limited amount of something as “unlimited” is one of the greatest ailments of phone carriers in the UK. While 3,000 minutes are 3,000 texts are somewhat OK, albeit not “unlimited,” 3000 MB boils down to 100MB a day or 20 Background Uploaded images off a Sony Z1. And THAT isn’t even close to being unlimited.

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