Msg#: 4007712 posted 8:54 pm on Oct 15, 2009 (gmt 0)
Ad-hoc wifi networks are avialable in the current specifications, mostly it's not used at all, so what is the "terrific innovation" ? To make the devices connect without user intervention: security rules will kill that idea before it get's off the drawing board.
Msg#: 4007712 posted 11:24 pm on Oct 15, 2009 (gmt 0)
I think the phone companies resist this. Didn't many phone companies stop allowing their phones to access the web from a local wifi connection, and instead require it go over their system? My first smart-type phone would connect over wifi or phone, my new crackberry doesn't allow wifi.
Msg#: 4007712 posted 12:33 am on Oct 16, 2009 (gmt 0)
I think that might be a hardware issue, rather than a network operator restriction. One area where mobile providers are unhappy is tethering connections. This new wifi specification would make tethering very simple. The networks may have a thing or two to say about this.
Msg#: 4007712 posted 4:35 pm on Oct 16, 2009 (gmt 0)
Didn't many phone companies stop allowing their phones to access the web from a local wifi connection
Not sure. My brother said that his company will not sell you a phone that has wifi unless you also buy a data plan.
They're likely to lose control of this in the US. There is "phone freedom" legislation being talked about. Right now the wireless market is like the landline market in the 1970s - you had to get a phone from the company that gave you service, or at least a phone approved by them. Some legislators want to stop that. At that point, they won't know *what* has my SIM card in it.
All academic to me - I just want WiMax and other Last Mile technology so we can some day get high speed internet at our home!