Free vs Paid

You can get a lot for nothing, but what do you get? 

Sometimes paying for your business information is better than harvesting free resources via the Internet. We monitor these free resources and would like to share our findings with you, something which you may find interesting. In addition to the profile information provided within our directories (not provided elsewhere) here are the big differences for a few countries (as at 15 Feb 2011):


Belgium

 
Wikipedia


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MNO

3 networks listed

Subscriber data out of date (1x Q3 2008 and 2 x Q1 2009)


Same networks

Q1 2008 through to Q3 2010 subscriber data for all 3 networks

MVNO

22 networks listed

- 10 match entries found in the MVNO Directory
- 2 have closed and a 3rd was acquired by KPN (BASE)
- 5 listed as MVNOs but are brands of KPN (BASE)


21 networks listed

21 further operations identified and short details given to confirm not MVNO

10 brands identified which are often cited as being MVNOs

New Zealand

 
Wikipedia


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MNO

3 networks listed

Subscriber data out of date (1x Q2 2008 and 1 x Q2 2009)


Same networks

Q1 2008 through to Q3 2010 subscriber data for 2 networks, 2degrees does not yet supply subscriber data due to only recently launching.


MVNO

2 networks listed


6 networks listed

2 further operations identified and short details given to confirm not MVNO 

United Kingdom

 
Wikipedia


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MNO

4 networks listed

Subscriber data:

- Everything Everywhere - October 2010 statistic links to a source which does not include the data
- o2 - Q3 2009
- Vodafone - Q4 2009
- 3 - Q4 2009


Same networks

Q3 2010 subscriber data provided for 3, o2 and Vodafone. Q4 2008 given as most recent figure for joint operations of Orange and T-Mobile; individual data is no longer reported and the joint operation does not report a joint figure.


MVNO

11 networks listed (9 correctly)

Includes giffgaff which is not an MVNO. It is owned by the host MNO, namely o2. Contractually this maybe an MVNO but it can not be considered another company to o2 since it is owned by o2.

BT Mobile ceased offering mobile services years ago.


28 networks listed





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