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theBorg 07-26-2007 05:16 PM

WiFi BB: Wonk or Wank?
 
Do you think a WiFi enabled BB is really necessary? Why or why not?

LunkHead 07-26-2007 05:18 PM

Yes for voip reasons only....

Kris

Elliot Lonsdale 07-26-2007 05:18 PM

I'd like to see a WiFi enabled Blackberry just for the times where I am at home or a hotspot. I don't have EDGE where I live yet (Alaska), and coverage at my house is kinda spotty sometimes.

I also like this new idea T-Mo has where you can make calls through the WiFi and not eat up your minutes, but personally -- I'd never use it. I get 600 minutes a month and I use a fifth of that if I am lucky.

theBorg 07-26-2007 05:21 PM

Wow, you guys got in before I got the poll up. Mind voting?

LunkHead 07-26-2007 05:22 PM

I voted, Yeah, Kinda :)

ladydi 07-26-2007 05:27 PM

Totally necessary. I would love to be able to purge windows mobile PDA's and the evil activesync from my environment forever. I just don't want to pay the service fees for BB data/phone for users who only need connectivity in the building. Please please RIM, give me a wifi BB that doesn't require a data plan!

test54 07-26-2007 05:30 PM

i voted no not really because i dont need VOIP on it and browsing is not good enough to warrant any unnecessary and unused speed.

Dawg 07-26-2007 05:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ladydi (Post 614237)
Totally necessary. I would love to be able to purge windows mobile PDA's and the evil activesync from my environment forever. I just don't want to pay the service fees for BB data/phone for users who only need connectivity in the building. Please please RIM, give me a wifi BB that doesn't require a data plan!

dont really see a need on my end I have a unlimited plan. And when I am home I have a fast PC If I am out I have a laptop. My BB is for field use.

theBorg 07-26-2007 05:39 PM

Definitely necessary.

1. Broadband cell data is too expensive. Why pay for broadband twice?

2. I'm always bathed in 802.11 radio waves (wifi).

3. Being leashed to a computer, even a laptop, is a hassle for the every day tasks:
- reading blogs
- checking email
- doing a Google searches.
- reading the forum
A full blown computer is way overpowered for these simple tasks.

4. Wireless cell data is a bottleneck.

5. Broadband cell data rollout is ridiculously expensive.

6. International VoIP!

LunkHead 07-26-2007 05:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by theBorg (Post 614261)
Definitely necessary.

1. Broadband cell data is too expensive.

2. I'm always bathed in 802.11 radio waves (wifi).

3. Being leashed to a computer, even a laptop, is a hassle for the every day tasks:
- reading blogs
- checking email
- doing a Google searches.
- reading the forum
A full blown computer is way overpowered for these simple tasks.

4. Wireless cell data is a bottleneck.

5. Broadband cell data rollout is ridiculously expensive.

Great points! But for my simple life, EDGE is fast enough and voip will alow me to lower minute plan and save moola :)

jeremy 07-26-2007 06:40 PM

One of the greatest advantages of WiFi in the BlackBerry has not been mentioned yet: The ability to use voice and data simultaneously.

I see the introduction of WiFi as a useful stop-gap, at a minimum, until 3G radios are implemented in the devices.

Spectral 07-26-2007 08:06 PM

Definitely necessary. EDGE is not broadband.

John Clark 07-26-2007 08:32 PM

Depends on the speed attained by the wifi network. It isn't *necessary* but would come in handy in many cases.

theBorg 07-26-2007 10:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by John Clark (Post 614417)
Depends on the speed attained by the wifi network.

John, what's the sweet spot for speed for you? The slowest wireless network I can think of is Google's free wireless here at 1 Mbps. Are you thinking of an overloaded access point?

John Clark 07-26-2007 11:01 PM

Maybe that was improperly phrased....I know what speeds the actual wifi networks are capable of. I guess my main question is what speed will the BB be capable of on the wifi network.

theBorg 07-26-2007 11:11 PM

Oh, I see. Well, the press release says it's 802.11 a/b/g which means 54.0 Mbps. With obstructions, like several walls, the speed could drop to 19 Mbps. The range would be 35-110 meters (115-360 feet).

How's 54 Mbps grab ya?

Definitely the processor will become the bottleneck, as it should be.

John Clark 07-26-2007 11:19 PM

Yeah, I'm aware of the 54Mbps on 802.11g and the 11Mbps on 802.11b. But it will be interesting to see what the BB actually does when connected to those networks.

ndub33 07-27-2007 12:33 AM

The coverage I get in my home is spotty at best. Looking forward to seeing what kind of a difference wifi will make.


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