By Jeremy Robertson
In today’s busy world of business, and travel,
we have needed an internet solution that can move around with us.
The hassles of finding a hotspot and paying high prices there to
check your email are all but in the past. In the Past if you wanted
to get online while traveling you could use your cell phone to dial
an ISP, or you can get the mobile web right on your browser capable
phone. The down falls of this technology is mainly that the cell
phone is just to slow of a connection, where you usually get a
connection speed less then 56k, and the Internet browsing on the
small LCD screen of your cell phone is quite a challenge. In This
busy, fast paced, high tech world these options are mediocre at
Sprint started a revolution of Wi-Fi access
that was a leap over the competition, when they launched its Mobile
connection for your laptop. Sprint’s new system would allow you to
put a cellular PCMCIA card in your laptop and browse the internet
anywhere that you could receive service from one of Sprint’s towers.
This system worked great but the Sprint network has been pretty well
limited to the urban areas. Now other cellular companies are
starting to jump in, finding out that covering the information super
highway is as important as covering the real highways.
Alltel has now stepped up to the plate, with
Alltel Mobile Axcess, offering unlimited access to the mobile web,
right from your laptop. Using Sprints basic idea and expanding the
service area to cover virtually anywhere, Alltel offers 40-70 Kbps
with burst up to 144 Kbps from coast to coast and 400-700 Kbps with
burst up to 2.4 Mbps in select markets. You can sign up on a rate
plan that suites your mobile needs. Unlimited access starts at just
69.99 with roaming charges where they apply, and just 79.99 with
nation wide coverage with no roaming fees. Now I usually don’t like
to make predictions, however I believe that one day in the near
future this technology will soon be as popular as cellular phones.
Companies are constantly trying to fulfill our
need for a seamless network that works as hard as you do. More and
more companies are banding together in the hopes that they will be
able to control the most area with their networks. Companies are
constantly buying and merging with other companies, swallowing and
reusing the small networks. This is a good thing in most cases as it
gives us greater coverage at cheaper prices for rate plans. This is
because now the company owns the network and they no longer have to
pay exurbanite amounts to allow you to use the other company’s
network. However at the current rate of consumption soon we could be
down to only one or two choices in the mobile communication world.
If this happens, then due to a lack of healthy competion we could
see a decrease in new technology and the prices of the now
reasonable network, may become less affordable for the average user.
Uncle Ben from Spider Man said it best
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
So I hope this article helps!!
Jeremy M. Robertson
The Computer Generation Inc.