But What If 3G Doesn't Work?

from the the-difference-between-theory-and-practice dept

It's sometimes amusing how much the wireless industry hypes up every new wireless technology that comes out. The first time I heard about GPRS, it was from someone telling me that it would be a DSL alternative and would take the world by storm. Yes. GPRS. Ignoring the dialup-like speeds, the questionable coverage and the ridiculously high latency... this person was sure it would be an effective DSL replacement. Lots of wireless technologies have promise, but actually living up to that promise is another thing altogether. So, it's not that surprising to hear people who are now testing out some of the new 3G services out there talk about all the problems and glitches they're facing. The hardware has compatibility problems with their computers, or causes crashes. You can't always see the network. When you can see the network, it's not always easy to connect to the network. When you do connect to the network you may not get the bandwidth that you were promised. When you do get the bandwidth you were promised, the latency may make everything seem much slower. That's not to say these technologies don't have promise -- and many of them will work out the initial glitches. It's just a good reminder that all of these wireless technologies (not just 3G) are still fairly immature, and won't be perfect out of the box. Now, if only the industry would learn to stop giving people the impression that these technologies will all perform in the ideal way.
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    DV Henkel-Wallace, 19 Nov 2004 @ 11:49am

    Of course people know this

    The reason most people aren't early adopters is because they understand that a lot of stuff doesn't work right, or even make sense, at first. And of course some stuff never moves beyond the early adopters!

    It's only the technodeterminist early adopters and technology vendors who don't get this.

    3G is basically a solution in search of a problem. Until that problem is found, it cannot succeed.

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