No WiFi, No Problem
The VAR Guy has not used WiFi or Ethernet for the past four days. Yet, he remains online — Blogging, Tweeting and chatting with readers. How is that possible?
Our resident blogger and other Nine Lives Media Inc. team members are testing Sprint’s 3G cellular card for the Apple MacBook Pro. So far, so good.
Consider the following situation: During a typical four-day business trip, The VAR Guy hops between WiFi networks in hotel rooms, hotel conference centers, airports and Starbucks. The costs can be $10(US) to $30(US) per day, depending on how many networks The VAR Guy accesses each day.
Frankly, the WiFi mobile model is broken. The market is too fragmented with too many WiFi service providers all trying to charge different fees for access. The VAR Guy liked T-mobile WiFi and used it frequently in Starbucks. But what about hotels? Airports? That required different service providers or partner WiFi access fees.
Frustrated, our resident blogger wondered if 3G cellular offered good enough performance for mobile blogging. The answer: In the vast majority of cases — yes. During a trip from New York to Vegas, our resident blogger has had good, reliable access to the Sprint network.
The only drawback involves video: Using Sprint’s 3G service, It took 30 minutes for The VAR Guy to upload a one-minute HD video (rated G, of course) from Apple iMoive to YouTube. Painfully slow.
But for non-video applications, 3G seems just fine for this mobile blogger.