Toy Box: One connection to rule us all

I don't think I'd fully understood just what a portable broadband solution really meant but I had coffee with Walker Wireless's Barry Hastings the other day and the penny dropped.

I don't think I'd fully understood just what a portable broadband solution really meant but I had coffee with Walker Wireless's Barry Hastings the other day and the penny dropped.

With this little box, and soon with a PC card loitering in the side of my laptop (memo to self: must get laptop), Hastings was able to log on to the net, get his email and generally carry on as if he was in the office while knocking back lattes like they were going out of fashion. His connection was only 128Kbit/s but there are faster options - you just have to cough up for them.

So far so WiFi, I hear you all saying. Or Mobile JetStream. Or GPRS (no, really). But you're not listening - this isn't billing you at Mobile JetStream rates, or costing you extra on top of your usual connection, this IS your usual connection. Pay once, take it with you.

Now I see the light is slowly dawning on your face. Take your connection with you wherever you go. Office, home, holiday, visiting the rellies down country.

How much money are you and your company spending between you on your internet access? If I look at my situation, I'm getting JetStream at home (roughly $120 each month the way I spend up, including my Xtra ISP account that I never use), plus work pays for our office connection (don't know how much but heaps because we are heavy users). I think it would be cheaper for us to combine the two and have one connection for me wherever I am.

No official word yet on pricing or structure but Walker Wireless is being careful not to overhype the product in areas where it's not available yet. So I thought I'd do it for them.

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