Internet Phone Rant

from the who-wants-it? dept

A very good rant from John C. Dvorak about all this hype about using your cell phones to access the internet. There's no evidence to support the fact that people will rush to use internet enabled phones for anything other than the most basic tasks. There is plenty of evidence that it's slow and annoying. While you could have said the same thing about the regular internet not so many years ago, I agree with him for the most part. Wireless devices are useful as an additional way to access small bits of information. I really don't see it becoming that much more useful - at least not in the near future.
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    Lacking in wires, 26 Jan 2001 @ 2:13am

    Wapped out

    Mobile phone access of the Internet is (or at least ought to be - WAP prevents this) for :

    bus/train timetables
    cinema/theatre schedules
    and similar things

    Nothing else.

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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 26 Jan 2001 @ 9:43am

    RE: Internet Phone Rant

    If you had use something like AvantGo with decently formatted channels then an internet phone might have potential. But until the content providers wise up and start providing XML data this isn't going to happen.

    This is especially true for truly useful functions like bus or train routes. The Washington DC bus system provides it's schedules in PDF format! Nothing other than a PC or a printer has any use for this. Whereas a simple URL-based search engine would be perfect for WAP and other portable web devices.

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