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not had that one but then again i got rid of chrome when it started hogging all the memory.

firefox not as bad but can be a memory hog if running a unity based program.

have got microsoft edge which seems ok for certain programs that wont run on firefox for some obscure reason.

have now bitten the bullet and bought a new phone (alcatel 1b) so have been dragged kicking and screaming into the twenty first century now, but who knows maybe even that will grow on me.

surprised when i took the sim out to swap it over. it was the original orange sim i got with my first mobile phone, as a result had to order a new sim. same number though.

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partly down to having to upgrade both mine and mrs sid's phones and partlly down to bad memory.(forgot about your offer)

although the alcatel is dual sim, do not need a dual sim anymore as virgin are ending their pay as you go on jan 11th ,so any pay as you go virgin number will be unusable unless you switch to a pay monthly deal.

not a bad price under £60 per phone.

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2 hours ago, Evil Sid said:

partly down to having to upgrade both mine and mrs sid's phones and partlly down to bad memory.(forgot about your offer)

although the alcatel is dual sim, do not need a dual sim anymore as virgin are ending their pay as you go on jan 11th ,so any pay as you go virgin number will be unusable unless you switch to a pay monthly deal.

not a bad price under £60 per phone.

Virgin don't have a network of their own for mobile and were changing over from using EE to Vodafone when they were merged with O2. Both EE and O2 have PAYG accounts. 

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I think the £60 was the cost of buying a phone outright rather than a monthly charge. I had a pay as you go contract with Virgin but changed to a monthly contract that for £6 gives me more than enough talk time and data so I don’t have to faf around constantly checking.

The question is, if they’re dropping their EE deal, does that mean my contract sim will need replacing?

 

Bill 😊

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as far as i know it is only virgin that is scrapping pay as you go. if you are on a virgin monthly contract then it will not be affected.

ee are still using pay as you go for now.

not sure what ee mobile i am on. probably the standard pay for calls and texts, not sure about data will have to check if i can figure out how on my phone.

the only reason i got virgin was to save on the home phone bill as at the time calls to virgin mobiles from a virgin landline were free.

not really sorry to lose the virgin mobile it may mean i get more peace as it is the only number that the surveys/funeral plans/loft insulation/boiler replacement/etc ever call me on. so far anyway......🤫

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I think the days of sending text rather than calling someone because it’s a penny cheaper are long gone for most people Sid so much so that I believe mobile charges now forms part of the calculations for the cost of living. I’d rather pay a few quid so I don’t have to remember who’s on what network so I can ring them for free or to constantly keep checking to see how much credit is left. My £6 contract is rolled together with the TV/broadband and landline and costs me £31 per month so all in one bill.

 

Bill 😊

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1 hour ago, Bill said:

I think the £60 was the cost of buying a phone outright rather than a monthly charge. I had a pay as you go contract with Virgin but changed to a monthly contract that for £6 gives me more than enough talk time and data so I don’t have to faf around constantly checking.

The question is, if they’re dropping their EE deal, does that mean my contract sim will need replacing?

 

Bill 😊

Shouldn't think so Bill. The O2 network will just be updated to treat Virgin SIMs as belonging yo an O2 Mobile Virtual Network Operator and the Virgin management system swapped over to interface to the O2 management systems. It is possible that changing the Prepayment system was deemed too expensive for the benefit to the combined business. Changing triple play deals, like yours, would probably be seen as possibly causing customer churn and therefore a loss to the value of the acquired business whilst losing the PAYG customers perhaps wasn't. It will have been a cost driven decision as you know. The effect it will have whether they send you a new Sim or not is that you will change over from the Base stations run on behalf of EE and Three to the set of base stations run for Vodafone and O2, so it might change your signal strength.

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Well, that might actually help here as 3/4G in the house isn’t that good, so I end up locking the phone onto 2G which usually works better. The problem then is I forget to change it back to 2G if I’ve been out and needed to use data for some reason.

 

Bill 😊

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On 10/27/2021 at 9:17 AM, Confused52 said:

Gary,

The news site looks fresher now and it seems more comfortable. Good work. Is the omission of social media links deliberate(, as well as an improvement)?

Well firstly I am delighted some people have noticed - i suspect more desk top users than mobile - as nearly all websites look pretty much the same on a mobile phone - a long list of stories on your screen.

Tweaks are still ongoing before I am totally satisfied - but the overall attempt was to freshen it up and make it easier to read, despite the large number of adverts (to pay some overheads). The social media links are back.

We have also now become a partner of Taboola who work with the "big boys" on advertising platforms, as well as the usual google ones. 

We have made significant ongoing investment to bring these improvements and it is still our aim to bring a totally free news service alongside our free magazines.

I think we can safely say we are now the only fully free daily news service in Warrington. 

While the pandemic has been terrible it actually benefited our online business generating an increase of 168 per cent in online revenues, although from a relatively modest starting point. 

If we achieve the same growth in the next  12 months - we will be flying! While we have streamline dour print media from 6-3 - the remaining ones are starting to see advertising growth.

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On 10/30/2021 at 11:09 AM, Bill said:

I don’t know if this is anything to do with the new format, but I’ve never seen this come up before!

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Maybe I could check my Chrome settings and see if I can get it to remove even more.

 

Bill 😊

Nothing to do with us - although I have experienced when using chrome. Just keep supporting the adverts to help keep the free news service though ;)

 

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57 minutes ago, Evil Sid said:

daft thing is the last advert i got was for a program to block ads...............:wacko:

I have always disabled my adblocker on this site mostly for the novelty value of the ads that appear. although i haven't seen the russian dating one for a while.......:oops:.)

Your viagra ones may have disappeared as well lol 😁

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  • 2 weeks later...

The final tweaks have now been pretty much completed - any one spot some of the new features and adaptions - some are subtle.

But overall I have to say I am pretty chuffed with what has been achieved - and online revenues are already improving without distracting further from the reader experience than the existing adverts.

Feedback appreciated.

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As a daily reader, of the news section a least, i cannot say that i have noticed any great changes, they must  be subtle.

The site does seem easier to navigate though so that must be one of the subtle changes.

will have to have an explore when i am fully awake, this afternoon probably. Mind you me and noticing things that have changed do not go hand in hand these days. drove past the cemetery three weeks running before i noticed they had knocked the pub down......🤭

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It’s much the same with me. Tweaking around with the appearance to make things look slightly better can be highly satisfying but most people wouldn’t even notice change if it smacked them in the face. When I was coding for the taxi trade, I’d spend forever adjusting positions, colours, and font’s ever so slightly to make things look more balanced, but I was the only one that knew what had been done. Unless you have a direct before and after comparison to go by, I doubt the average person could say anything meaningful.

It looks good to me but at the end of the day it’s the content that’s important. At least on www you can read the news reports without the screen bouncing all over the place as intrusive and annoying advert’s flash up over what you’re reading.

 

Bill 😊

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13 hours ago, Evil Sid said:

As a daily reader, of the news section a least, i cannot say that i have noticed any great changes, they must  be subtle.

The site does seem easier to navigate though so that must be one of the subtle changes.

will have to have an explore when i am fully awake, this afternoon probably. Mind you me and noticing things that have changed do not go hand in hand these days. drove past the cemetery three weeks running before i noticed they had knocked the pub down......🤭

Well the first change was the mast heading - now bold red with a strap line under the logo which is white out of read - the old one was red ona  white background.

We have also changed the font colours from grey to black and increased them to improve readability.

All front page articles are now double column with an intro.

The top news stories also have an image whereas before they did - it was just a list of articles.

We have now also created a facility where the biggest news story of the day/week can be pinned at the top.

We have also introduced page turning technology to the online magazines alongside the traditional pdfs for those still using older browsers.

We have also changed one of our ad partners from rev content to Taboola who work with many of the nationals, which combines adverts with relevant articles from our website.

So as you can see a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes. 

Less obvious to see on a mobile but should be a huge difference on a desk top or tablet!

Confused spotted the changes before they were all completed.

https://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/2021/10/28/warrington-worldwide-magazine-november-2021/

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Did notice something with the mast head but put it down to something my browser had done during one of it's upates.

until you mentioned it did not notice the change of font colour.

As i normally click the news bit on the banner i never spotted that the articles were now double column with pictures.( the news option is still single column with pictures)

I do like the changes though. a lot easier to read the articles and browse the articles. Still amuses me that i get ads for programs to block ads though, sort of self defeating.

Like i said me a spotting change these days does not go well together.

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