Better late than never…

Well Bill Thompson has finally joined the 3G mobile internet generation as he talks about in his column on the BBC News site.Better late than never

Regular columnist Bill Thompson is enjoying the new freedom offered by his laptop and 3G connection working together.

For example in the article he says

And it can’t be long before someone realises that the external dongle isn’t really needed, and offers a laptop with a built-in 3G modem and a slot for a SIM card.

Oh those have been available for a year or two now! They might even make PC Card, oh they already do. Oh I know how about use a bluetooth connection to a 3G mobile phone instead and use that as a modem, oh that’s old news as that can be done already.

For someone who is so tech savvy I am surprised that he hadn’t joined the party when 3G when it was first released about four years ago. I double checked the date on the article and it is January 21st 2008 as I thought it might just be an old article.

What’s next?

Bill Thompson finds a quaint way to buy and sell stuff through a site called eBay.

Bill Thompson discovers that you no longer need to visit a bookstore to buy books, a web based retailer called Amazon is able to send you books that you order online.

Bill Thompson finds that he is no longer tied to his house to make phone calls, with what is called a mobile phone he can not only make but also receive calls while outside and on the move.

Bill enjoy your new freedom with 3G, for having had a 3G connection for a long time, it is vital to the way I use the net and work, oh and apologies for my sarcastic rant.

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3 Responses to Better late than never…

  1. Bill Thompson says:

    Ouch… that hurt. Ok, I didn’t know you could get laptops which took Sim cards, but the problem with using a phone and Bluetooth is that Bluetooth sucks and you always end up having to reset/reconfigure/re-pair (and repair) it. I like the low-hassle solution.

    But tell me more about this ‘e-bay’… sounds intriguing…

  2. James Clay says:

    …I also have some money stashed away in a Nigerian bank which I need to move to the UK….

    My experience with my Bluetoth 3G connection has been the opposite, works really well for me, but I am using it with an old G4 PowerBook so that could be a key factor.

    I hope you did notice the apology at the end of the blog post for my rant and I reiterate it here again. I do enjoy your tech column on the BBC and read it on a regular basis.

    Enjoy the 3G connectivity and thanks for commenting.

    As for laptops with SIM cards.

    http://crave.cnet.co.uk/laptops/0,39029450,49294751,00.htm

    http://www.engadget.com/2005/05/11/the-vaio-vgn-t350-sonys-new-wifi-bluetooth-edge-laptop/

    http://www.3gnewsroom.com/3g_news/oct_06/news_7362.shtml

    http://www.pocketables.net/2008/01/3g-fujitsu-life.html

    Regards

    James

  3. James Clay says:

    Just as an aside to others reading this, here’s another 3G laptop announced today as it happens.

    http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/21/toshiba-adds-3g-to-the-featherweight-portege-r500/

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