onemark

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About onemark

  • Birthday 02/09/1953

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  • Location Darmstadt
  • Nationality New Zealander, British, Irish
  • Hometown South Auckland, New Zealand
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1953

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  1. Brexit and Aufenthaltstitel (Residents permit)

    Um, engelchen, you don't need the Daueraufenthaltsrecht für Unionsbürger any more. It was abolishe a few years ago and is no longer available. I'm a Brit too and can assure that this is correct. Langenaulad simply needs to apply for German citizenship and all his problems are over. But he needs to get a move on.
  2. Yup, I checked. No block. Still no joy. Hmmm.
  3. Questions about English grammar

    @robinson100   "...laying..." is US English. "...lying..." is British English.  
  4. I asked Telekom about call-by-call with Magental ZuHause L and they told me openly that it is not available for "technical reasons". I then did some research on "Teltarif" and found out that call-by-call is not available to Telekom Magenta ZuHause hookups because Magenta hookups are not Telekom's own hookups but are VDSL hookups owned by competitors and apparently Telekom cannot access these without major (unspecifiied) technical difficulty. See: https://www.teltarif.de/telekom-start-ohne-call-by-call-bundesnetzagentur-gruende/news/67202.html Bummer.  
  5. You might be able to keep your US citizenship if you can prove that you have pension/Social Security and/or inheritance rights/expectations in the US. However, you would need solid documentary evidence of this which would probably entail the use of a German lawyer specialising in such issues, which would not be cheap. Just a thought.
  6. Whoops! Inadvertent double-post!
  7. As some of you will know, I recently changed to Magenta Entertain L from Entertain Comfort (both Dt. Telekom). However, as I have also mentioned here, call-by-call is now impossible with Magenta L and I am looking at Unity Media. Does anyone know whether you can get call-by-call with Unity Media, please? Thanks. onemark 0  
  8. As some of you will know, I recently changed to Magenta Entertain L from Entertain Comfort (both Dt. Telekom). However, as I have also mentioned here, call-by-call is now impossible with Magenta L and I am looking at Unity Media. Does anyone know whether you can get call-by-call with Unity Media, please? Thanks. onemark
  9. @sneaker My router is a YyXel Speedport 5501.
  10. Following on from my last comment, I'd also be interested to know whether anyone else has had negative experience of Magenta Entertain. My connection seems to be failing quite often, so I'm wondering whether the technology is fully developed. While I was watching TV yesterday evening, my reception kept getting interrupted, as did my telephone and internet (surfing) connections. Or might it be distributor in the apartment block where I live? I never, ever had this kind of trouble with Entertain Comfort.
  11. Tricks and traps from Deutsche Telekom

    @ sneaker: Sorry, but they don't. I asked and they said it is "technically impossible". I also confirmed this on "Teltarif.de". Apparently, it is, in fact, technically possible. It has to do with some contractual agreements with Congstar which Telekom has not made and probably won't.   @ spiderPig: Ta. I'll look into it.   NB: I'm not too thrilled by Magenta L Zu Hause technology. Does anyone know of other reputable providers offering combined telephony, internet & television as well as call-by-call? Ta.
  12. Tricks and traps from Deutsche Telekom

    Recently changed to Magenta Zu Hause. One disadvantage of the Magenta Tarif - which I have only just found out the hard way - is that you lose the ability to make call-by-call calls. So now I have to pay €0.029 / minute for calls to New Zealand instead of (currently) €0.0148 / minute (obviously it varies). That might not seem a lot to many of you but it means quite an increase for me.   Moral: If you're keen on changing to Magenta Zu Hause, think twice.
  13. One disadvantage of the Magenta Tarif - which I have only just found out the hard way - is that you lose the ability to make call-by-call calls. So now I have to pay €0.029 / minute for calls to New Zealand instead of (currently) €0.0148 / minute (obviously it varies). That might not seem a lot to many of you but it means quite an increase for me.   Moral: If you're keen on changing to Magenta Zu Hause, think twice.   PS: Does anyone know of any alternative provider/s offering telephone/internet/TV which can also access call-by-call providers? Thanks.
  14. @ Answer to Life42: True enough: it is indeed their country. However, this comment would be better directed at the writer of the article.   @ AlexTR: I stand corrected.   @ snowing again: I agree.
  15. Here are a few more characteristics that Germans could change when dealing with foreign nationals:   1. Not be so easily insulted (includes but is not restricted to "arsehole" etc.). 2. Closely related with this is the ability to take jokes made about them personally AKA what Brits call slagging" or American call "taking the mickey". Simply put, I think Germans need to develop a thicker skin. It's what they tell us often enough: "If you dish it out, you've got to take it as well." 3. Also closely related (and admittedly this has been discussed elsewhere on TT) is being so "direct". Germans proudly claim they are only "telling the truth" when they are being uncomfortably direct to the point of rudeness (by our standards) but I frankly doubt whether they would never be as "direct" or as "honest" with - for example - their employers or the police etc. etc. I find this hypocritical. By contrast, I know that Germans can be as euphemistic as the Brits. Indeed, many Germans have a lovely sense of irony; pity not all of them do. 4. Further to Point 3 of the article about inviting people to events (or more to the point, taking longer to get to know people), they could usefully ease up on their definition of "privacy". We don't want to know all about their sex-lives (well, I don't anyway) but it wouldn't kill them to invite more people outside their immediate, i.e. really close, circle of friends into their homes, for example. In fairness, however, I have to admit I am welcome in a few German homes where I live but then, I've been here a bit longer and am involved in a couple of local organisations.   While Germans admittedly treat their fellow citizens this way as well (who are presumably more used to it), it would help to be aware that they rub many people up the wrong way. Or don't they give a sh*t?