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Gabriel Brown
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Gabriel Brown,
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1/28/2015 | 5:43:50 AM
Re: roaming around
@brooks Yeah, I was being trite. I'm a big fan of WiFi (I use it everyday!). Still, it's nice to have something to connect you in between WiFi access points.

For what it's worth, IMO the state of communication services on mobile isn't fabulous. Tons of new apps all doing the same sorts of things, with the same limitations. Great.
kq4ym
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1/27/2015 | 2:55:58 PM
Re: roaming around
It does seem Cablevision is setting a steep price for something now of limited use. But, there's always some who will bite at any new service. At small cost to Cablevision they can collect a few bucks.
brooks7
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1/27/2015 | 10:40:40 AM
Re: roaming around
Gabriel,

I have 2 WiFi phone services.  They both work.  One is called Skype.

 

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Gabriel Brown
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Gabriel Brown,
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1/27/2015 | 9:35:37 AM
Re: roaming around
A "WiFi phone service" -- yep, that'll work, no worries, go right ahead... 
brooks7
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1/26/2015 | 8:10:30 PM
Re: roaming around
So, I guess the reason somebody might do this is like CV..they don't have access to wireless spectrum.

Of course, this leads me to the stupid question that I have often wondered.  Why doesn't Comcast or CV buy say T-Mobile.  They are clearly for sale and these WiFi offerings have certainly not stopped the growth of 4G.

I can imagine some circumstances where a WiFi based phone might be useful.  Heck, I have WiFi Calling on my cell (Samsung G3 w/T-Mobile as a carrier).  I am a Comcast sub, but to be clear I could not use Xfinitywifi while driving around.  Without that, I am unclear how much value a WiFi only phone would be.

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PS - Phil it lists you as a moderator still???!!!???  ACK I better be nice!
futurephil
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1/26/2015 | 6:16:44 PM
Re: roaming around
Yeah, brooks7, that makes sense. It would seem, too, that to justify a service charge you'd have to provide a real managed voice service (a great voice codec, buffer management, hotspot handoffs, analytics, etc.). Otherwise, as the writer suggests, any app could do the same thing for free.
brooks7
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1/26/2015 | 4:59:15 PM
Re: roaming around
The one thing that you would have to do is implement a Mobile IP stack encapsulated on top of a standard WiFi stack.

Otherwise you would have to ensure that you never moved in a way that would require a new IP address.

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futurephil
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1/26/2015 | 4:39:52 PM
Re: roaming around
Yes, indeed, I would assume the hotspots would overlap, like in urban areas. Or, maybe there's a scenario where you see a cluster of Wi-Fi hotspots on the main street of a small town that has bad cell coverage.

Dunno. Just thinking out loud. 

 
brooks7
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1/26/2015 | 3:52:01 PM
Re: roaming around
Good question Phil...I think that would at least partially depend on the time it took to get to the new WiFi hotspot.  So, I think you would have to assume that the hotspots overlap.
futurephil
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futurephil,
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1/26/2015 | 3:41:13 PM
roaming around
Quick question about Freewheel: Can you roam from one hotspot to another and maintain a call? If you could, that might feel more like a proper mobile phone service than using Boingo w/ a Skype app. 

 


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