That news article was so yesterday. J/k....I read this article awhile back about a certain company sponsering 802.11 but they didn't say who. I guess they did now and Mr. Dell is going to be an even more rich man.
Article by Fierce WirelessDell to sell T-Mobile hotspot service
Dell Computer late yesterday said it struck an agreement with T-Mobile USA to resell the carrier's hotspot service. The deal will allow Dell customers buy a subscription to T-Mobile's service when they buy a notebook, allowing them to have their subscription information installed on their new computers even before the customers see them. Dell is aggressively pushing into the wireless market. The company on Tuesday announced a deal with AT&T Wireless to sell that carrier's wide area GPRS data service. Dell also plans to build 802.11b access into its Axim handhelds by the end of the year.
For more on Dell's latest wireless deal:
- check out this CNET piece
Actually this is their second involvment with a large PC manufacture. The first one is with HP. See http://www.t-mobile.com/company/pres...srelease42.asp
HP and starbucks helped T-Mobile launch the HotSpot product back in August last year. Unfortunatly HP's is not a reseller agreement, It is a preferred technology provider agreement mostly for Starbucks, as I read it.
Why offer Hotspot from t-mobile and GPRS from ATT (which is WAY overpriced)?
I think WLAN stuff will really take off and be adopted by more current GSM users if they figure out the EAI side of things, and work on a common billing standard, thus allowing people to roam like they do on cellular networks. Authentication is done by verifying the SIM card, and bam your good to go. I know Nokia and Ericsson are working on this.
And they need more different locations, read carefully not MORE locations, more different locations. Starbucks and Kinko's come on, I used it once at Starbucks but I am not a starbucks person nor am I going to sit down in a Kinko's to use the internet.
I would however use it in a Borders or Barnes and Noble, and I know they are working on this.
easyEverything really does have the idea, check it out www.easyinternet.com
great when traveling overseas and on the road....