Taipei City government may have rolled out plenty of WiFi stations, but the take-up rate has been less than enthusiastic…. So why aren’t people using Wifly?
The article attempts to answer the question:
- it’s quite expensive for Taipei,
- outdoor usage in summer and winter is not comfortable,
- there are multiple ways now to access the Internet via mobile phone service, in-home Internet and cable television accounts.
- WiMax isn’t available yet here.
- there’s no Ipod/MP3/PDA device that could stimulate such interest
- there are competitive local alternatives: Free-Up, Coffee shops offer free access to clients, etc.
However, despite the problems that face WiFly in Taiwan, I do see a wonderful future as wireless connections will replace a lot of fixed connections, it offers additional mobility advantages, and will allow easy connections for a variety of devices, not just pcs and mobile phones, provided stimulus comes from a must have device of some sort. Right now, it’s a hotchpotch of devices, with nothing really compelling – (Iphone?)
But for people who work on the ‘go’ such as John Chow, wireless internet should prove a tremendous boon because it will liberate you from much of the drudgery of traditional office work. I do think the challenge in that case will be simply to create and have access to your data on the go, instead of it all being stored in a hard disk at home or office.
Some form of online storage will be necessary, at least for important work files. I can’t imagine the form taking WebDAV as a standard, but I don’t see how Google Office will help either, since much of our data will need to be available in a variety of formats, not just the typical Office formats. Formats such as databases, picture formats, video formats, audio formats, presentations, emails, addresses, etc..
Wonder when, though?