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Why our telcos are blocking the iPhone’s best feature

One of the iPhone’s new features allows users to freely swap between networks. Shame our telcos won’t allow it.



This is why we can’t have nice things. One of the niftier features of the new iPhone XS/XS Max is the eSIM, which allows the user to be connected to numerous networks without ever having to physically swap sim cards. Ostensibly, it garners the user the ability to pick and choose their coverage, for example, a cheaper network for when you’re in the city, swapping it out with Telstra when you’re in the country. That, or you could potentially use a cheaper network for your everyday, and only use your more expensive networks exclusively for streaming purposes.

It gives us the opportunity to choose, which the telcos really don’t care for.

In fact, this technology has already bristled those in America as the Department of Justice is investigating whether AT&T and Verizon, colluded to halt the technology, creating a version that could be locked to a singular phone network.

Locally, Boost Mobile has called for Telstra, Vodafone and Optus to not do the same, and allow us to choose. As it stands, none of our mobile phone carriers have enabled e-SIM phones on their networks.

In an effort to explain themselves, Telstra officials told the Financial Review that, that they pioneered e-SIM support in watches in Australia, and it would do the same for the phones “in the future as customer demand builds”.

They better.


Woop, woop. It’s the sound of the police (on camera).

For the most part, we’re a law-abiding bunch. We, therefore, fear the police. As a result, we brick it when a cop speaks to us in their most adult tone. Fortunately, Siri has come to the rescue, and much like that drunk cohort of yours who did one semester of law, it knows how to talk to the pigs.

One of the new Shortcut apps for the iOS 12 is simply called “Police”, and will simply activate the camera when you are pulled over by John Law. Ostensibly, the app turns your phone into your very own personal body camera, you know, like they have.

Activated by the phrase “Hey Siri, I’m being pulled over”, the app will send a text to a predetermined contact, letting them know that you might need to scrape together the pennies to meet your bail. On top of that, it’ll start the camera and automatically send the footage to a third-party destination once the recording has stopped.

Speaking with Business Insider, the creator, Robert Petersen explained the logic behind his invention:

 It seemed to me that if you’re getting pulled over it couldn’t hurt to  have a recording of the incident. The police these days in many places have body cams, so this  could be the civilian equivalent.

I mean, sure. It could work. As long as you know your rights.

For those playing at home, the NSW Police Media Policy section 10.3, states:

There is widespread ability amongst members of the public to capture photographs and video images on smart phones, tablets and other recording devices. Police Officers should expect that their behaviour will be recorded while in public places.

So, simply put, do it. We can compare notes in the drunk tank.



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