25 thoughts on “More Proof People Really Love Wi-Fi, Especially on the iPhone”

  1. i am surprised there is not a large category for desktop users. i sell used computers; almost every desktop i sell the customer wants an internal wifi card with high gain antenna installed. they plan on using an open WiFi network either provided free from the landlord or left open for others to use by a neighbor. or they may even try to reach the starbucks across the street. it seems like my customers for used laptops on the other hand have all moved on the 3g data cards that work everyplace and no longer worry about wifi.

    do these umbers represent private connection with routers? or just commercial branded hotspots?

  2. Almost every computer in my home ( and the Wii and TiVo as well ) are connected via Wi-Fi. I use my iPod Touch for news and email around the house and a remote control for AirTunes. Before I go out I check to see which places nearby might have wireless.

  3. Regarding the 19% that prefer 3G over wifi : well, not all mobile operators have an awful 3G network.
    Here in Switzerland, the coverage is really good, and in the worst case, there’s EDGE.

    All in all, for iphone owner with a proper package, there’s no need to connect to 3rd party hotspot, just use 3G/EDGE and WiFi at home/office only.

    Same for PC : if you have to pay and have no free AP in proximity, you’ll probably juste use 3G with your data-plan, speeds are the same and less trouble to connect.

  4. I am one that prefers 3G over wifi for my phone. WiFi runs the battery down faster and I prefer to use my phone for browsing when I am away from my computer – which usually means out of WiFi range. Really, I don’t want to worry about whether it is on or not and where I am. I would bet these numbers would be different if ATT had 3G coverage as good as VZW and Sprint do.

  5. @Om,

    This data strongly supports AT&T’s acquisition of Wayport. The “new” AT&T WiFi network combined with the pending white spaces spectrum availability has AT&T well positioned for WiFi delivery over the long term. I expect that AT&T will continue to build out its’ mix of phones that have WiFi capabilities.

    To close, i’m suprised most carriers (here in the US) continue to be concerned with WiFi. There will be short term cannibalization of voice and data services, but i’d bet data service revenue would increase overall per user.

    My $.02.



  6. I look at the two (Wi-Fi & 3G) as complimentary not exclusive. Wi-Fi for speed. 3G for coverage.
    Given limited spectrum, smaller cells are the best way to deliver greater speed (read wi-fi) and larger cells (read 3G) are the best way to deliver greater coverage.

  7. I wish wifi were free too. But’s it’s a catch 22? We can’t cannibalize our users, we have to charge something

  8. The main think I’m concerned about is that my connection (whichever way I get it) is secure. That’s absolutely by far the highest contributing factor to how I make my choice about what I use at any given time. My computer at home is bomber. Out around town I just have to use common sense. I usually stay away from using my passwords, entering my bank account or communicating anything that is too sensitive. I got some of these ideas from http://www.justaskgemalto.com, which has been a helpful resource. I understand they may be installing a blog onto their site soon as an educational tool.

  9. Skype is moving into the WiFi, by providing an easy way to pay for WiFi access, latest Mac beta client already has “Skype Access” feature. Hopefully getting more and more operators on board will also drive down the cost, the current Boingo offering is only beneficial for those who use paid WiFi infrequently in short bursts, like checking e-mail or doing a quick Skype call in airport.

  10. Can an I Phone accees wi fi without having any regular phone service activated. The reason why I’m asking this is becaause AT&T is a bit pricy and I was wanting to use the phone primarily as a secondary computer. Do the apps allow a person (via wi fi) to do instant messaging and perhaps to use skype? If the I Touch had a microphone and a camera I’d just get one of those.

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