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Topic # 5069 26-Sep-2005 02:29
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http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/776832F139F5A669CC25708500182E4

Anybody got any comments on Telecom's comments?

"Telecom trialled a portable hot spot at this year’s Microsoft Tech∙Ed developer’s conference held in Auckland last month, and Stoddart hopes to see more of that kind of service in the future.

“We’ll use Telecom’s 3G network as backhaul and have a wi-fi hotspot set up just about anywhere,” he says."



If Telecom can justify the price differential between their 3G network and Wi-Fi yet use 3G as a bearer why not just offer substancially cheaper pricing on their 3G network in the first place? Telecom seem to be boasting about substancial EV-DO coverage within the next 18 months, why even bother with Wi-Fi when they could be offering the same service with 3G and not limit people to having to find a hotspot to use their laptop?





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  Reply # 20529 26-Sep-2005 08:22
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Economies of scale perhaps? (multiple users running through the same 3G connectio must be more cost effective?)

Why bother with WiFi? A -lot- of people have WiFi (that possibly dont have 3G).

Think non-phone PDAs, casual users, tourists etc etc.

I see your point though, might want to go have a chat about price with Voda first though, as Telecom are pretty much the cheapest 3G data offering at the moment for anything 5 - 200MB monthly...




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