Wireless Web Vs. Reality
from the what's-going-on dept
MIT’s Technology Review has a very informative article explaining the state of wireless web access these days. There’s not much new here if you follow this stuff closely already, but it is a good review, or intro if you’re trying to catch up. They describe the differences (and blurring boundaries) between 2.5G and 3G, and why companies keep changing their minds. The main questions seem to revolve around the costs of setting up the infrastructure as well as the actual customer demand for any of these services. Of course, customer demand is always difficult to determine when you’re asking whether or not they’d use something that they don’t fully realize what it will do. Of course, that doesn’t mean people will want to use it – just that they might not realize how they would use it. That doesn’t make life easy for the carriers trying to put together a wireless plan, however.