Originally Posted by Soapm
Free municipal wifi? You have a link? I don't like teathering my laptop and EDGE is like ISDN which is better but not ultimate so I was comparing WiFi as an alternative.
Also, with free wifi sounds like we won't need a home connection???
Free muni WiFi projects don't exist in all cities, and are taxpayer funded (Although it can get rather cheap on a per-capita basis because of the economics of WiFi). And the muni's may be slow with substandard backbone connections - at least in a couple years from now. This may not be the case now, but there's a risk...
So in cities with no 'blanket free wifi' (WiFi signal that covers hundreds of city blocks), paid WiFi for home use may work. It really depends on reception (WiFi signal that's as pervasive as GSM/GPRS would be lovely) and bandwidth (getting your money's worth).
So the profitability/economics of this is probably conditional... It could work, just not in every city.