Wonder Why The Wireless Industry Fails To Live Up To Expectations?
from the trade-press? dept
That's why it's disappointing to read an article in "Wi-FiPlanet" about Lenovo's new deal to put HSDPA in its laptops -- where the story gets so many things wrong. It starts right at the top with the title: "New ThinkPads Extend Wi-Fi." The HSDPA network has nothing to do with Wi-Fi. It's a totally separate network. Next, the article claims that Cingular's HSDPA "BroadBandConnect represents a huge increase over Wi-Fi connection speeds." It certainly represents a huge increase over Cingular's GPRS and EDGE speeds, but not Wi-Fi speeds. Then comes the spin from Lenovo: "We'll be the only ones out there with integrated wireless WAN." It's an interesting quote, but it's mostly wrong -- and a reporter for a wireless trade publication should recognize that. Over the past half a year, we've had stories about Dell, HP and Sony all planning similar laptops with embedded 3G wireless -- meaning that it's not a differentiator for Lenovo at all. It would seem like this is the type of thing that a reporter should at least ask about, rather than simply printing it as fact. Lenovo could respond that they got their laptops out first (by a small margin), but that's not what the story implies. All in all, this is quite disappointing -- because one of the biggest problems facing the wireless industry today is all of the overhype that comes with each story -- and much of that comes from reporters who simply parrot the misleading statements from companies. If we actually had reporters who looked critically at what was being fed to them, maybe everyone's expectations wouldn't keep getting set at impossible levels.