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Wilton.Helm
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Re: Smartphone... or Dumb Terminal?
Wilton.Helm   2/4/2014 3:38:59 PM
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Of course the problem with the smart phone as dumb terminal is that it has to be connected.  While the cost of being connected is reasonable (and going down) and the bandwidth is definitely going up, the reality is that one can't always be connected.  I'm in my third house around the outskirts of Denver.  This is the first one in 14 years where cell service has been available, and no, none of them were "out in the wilderness" each was settled enough to be service by paved roads within a mile and have some sort of homeowners association.  Two of the three even had cable TV accessible.  And cell service was available just down the road or by climbing a tree.

As I travel the roads of Colorado, there are a lot of places I can't use Google Maps because my carrier (no carrier, for that matter) covers it.  Even now, my office, in a walk out basement has marginal cell coverage.  If it wasn't for my Wi-Fi, I'd be in pain.

For the urban dweller, internet of things controlled by a smart phone may work just fine, but for "the rest of us", even vacation road travelers, we depend on what is actually stored n the phone and what can actually run on the phone.  I don't see that reality changing real soon now.  The money (for the carriers) is where the population density is high, and they reach beyond that only when not doing so causes enough pain to enough of their customers.

junko.yoshida
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Re: Connecting to all these things might get your phone 'dirty'
junko.yoshida   2/7/2014 3:15:29 PM
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@ux005721BB, you raise an excellent point.

See the story we recently posted on Android Malware:

http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1320874

 

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Bert's Post.
Tanpopo   7/26/2014 10:33:23 PM
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I agree with Bert. Sooner or later the smart phone will be the portable CPU,

docking to a display with wireless keyboard and mouse.

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