Cool stuff I can do with my phone: I just had one of those “this is the way things should work” experiences. On my first attempt, my PowerBook and Treo 700p connected with one-another via bluetooth — and then allowed me to access the Internet using Sprint’s Ev-DO network, which has a brand name that I can’t recall. In layman’s terms (and I am definitely a layman in these terms), that means I can use my computer to access the web at a decently fast speed (at least at a speed perceivably as fast as the wi-fi I will no longer pay for at the Nashville airport) without having any wires connecting my computer and phone. In theory, I can have web access while in a car (but I promise, not while driving). It certainly means I’ll never pay hotels and airports for wi-fi again. That savings (I’m in 4-8 hotels, airports per month) more than justifies the additional fee I am paying for Ev-DO — such is the way the invisible hand of the market works.
I’m now using Ev-DO for the first time ever to make a post to this blog. Over the coming weeks, I’ll try it out in different places and then make a post about my experience.
(Disclosure: While they are invited to send me free stuff, I actually paid — granted, at a deeply discounted price because of a corporate plan — for my phone and service. In other words, this is a disclosure that I have nothing to disclose.)
Update: Doc Searls has the same phone, but with a different service, and is having a “wait and bitch” situation today due to some false “coverage” claims by his provider. I would feel more pity for him if he weren’t at the beach.