16 thoughts on “Look How Ubiquitous Wi-Fi Has Become”

  1. Glad to see that well over half of Devicescape members would be willing to share their network (WiFi) with others. After the uproar following a refusal to share bandwidth here before, it’s refreshing to see some people considerate enough to share.

  2. Om, wi-fi may be becoming ubiquitous – but fascinating the range of costs – free at some airports and many hotels, to being packaged (and providing I would suggest a large percent of time) in $ 60 a month 3G data plans.

    also the fragmentation once you leave US is mind boggling

    I spent 10 days in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and thought T-Mobile hotspots would cover me in all 3 German speaking countries. Had to roam on Boingo in 3 places and pay 2 hotels in addition…

  3. My kids expect the wireless to be up at all times so they connect thier Wii and DS’s to the internet .

  4. keep in mind that for many people the ‘dream of wifi’ particularly when talking about muni-wifi is really a dream of ‘elimination of paid IP connections in favor of free ones’ that wifi prevalence today is not the free internet people were thinking of when talking about muni-WiFi and the like.

    1. well put tom. devicescape’s sharing data shows that people are ready to take baby steps towards sharing and that is promising.

      i think it could help create community clouds of wifi. i think that is something we should have focused on to start with instead of going for MuniFi.

  5. I would have loved to see one distinction – connecting within a controlled environment (your home, office) and an uncontrolled environment (cafe, hotel, airport, on the run). I’m sure all of us connect daily in a controlled environment because it works and is convenient. I’m not so sure about uncontrolled environments. Take San Francisco. Everywhere I go, there are Wi-Fi networks. Most are closed now. The ones that are open are either broken (some of the Starbuck’s – AT&T really lets the Wayport network deteriorate), have too many people connected or have frequent drop-offs. I find myself more and more switching off Wi-Fi and going to a slower 3G connection, since it is more hassle-free. Despite their posturing, I’m sure that is what AT&T and Verizon want – me paying them for 3G connectivity.

  6. giving this some thought this morning i have come to the conclusion that there is a huge unserved market. that market is apartment buildings, condos, and home owning communities. i bet residents would be very happy to have included in monthly rent and or condo fees free very good quality fast WiFi internet. But who serves this market? the only places i know that include free WiFI are rock bottom priced bachelor apartments targeting student and the like; and the quality tends to be horrible since the connections are overloaded all the time.

  7. Om, I don’t think that these survey results (at least the ones you quoted) have anything to do with how ubiquitous wi-fi is. For all we know, the people saying they connect daily can be using only @ home and the office.

    Saying this this is ubiquitous and it demonstrates the vision, if not the method, of muni wi-fi is being realized wouldn’t be accurate unless you were able to show heat maps of cities showing how easy it is to roam an entire city and never lose coverage….THAT’S the definition of ubiquitous.

  8. Hey Om,

    Recently, I traveled for two weeks in London and Paris with only an iPod Touch for communications and connectivity. I blogged about the experience here:

    Touch Traveler: London, Paris and only an iPod Touch

    Given the device’s dependence upon Wi-Fi, it seems relevant to the discussion.

    Check it out if interested.


  9. I think we’ll know it trully is ubiquitous when we stop thinking of it as wifi and we’re all just connected without considering the means as to how we’re connected.

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