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Originally Posted by Unstableiser View Post
Most of Britain or the cities and towns at least are covered in various wifi networks. Though that would be a norm in America? Especially with Mcdonalds doing free wifi here.
You have to pay for Mcdonalds wifi, per hour or something here.
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wow free broadband wireless...may be slow but at least its free...i guess
Look at it like this, you could use a PSP as a cellphone since it would have better coverage. (Skype.)

Actually thats not a half bad idea... Sony would be wise to team up with others in this.
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Haha, looks like bad news for those allergic people! (http://www.overclock.net/software-ne...ants-wifi.html)

If somebody actually ends up paying for this it would be cool. The only people I could see even considering it, though, are people who make a ton of money off advertisements, or those who would benefit like this in some way eventually. So I'm doubting it will happen any time soon.
    
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wow free broadband wireless...may be slow but at least its free...i guess
I just hope the FCC writes in some limitations, like "the provider of this free wireless broadband service would not be able to make any profit at all on the service portion, which would include advertising revenue, popups, etc..." because you know otherwise you'll be getting popups, banner frames and anything else they can throw at you to make a profit off the service. I know its going to cost some money to maintain, but if its supposedly being used for free access, i think making money off of it is kind of counter-productive to the FCC's idea to auction this space off.

Regardless, if the device you would need to buy to connect to the network didn't cost very much, or was part of a subscription deal where you pay for the device to connect to the network, they could use those funds to maintain it. I don't think I will be using this if it has banner ads or other forms of revenue collection such as this. I would rather snag a 3G modem and pay the service charge for a data plan than get slow access to a network infested by popups.

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Look at it like this, you could use a PSP as a cellphone since it would have better coverage. (Skype.)

Actually thats not a half bad idea... Sony would be wise to team up with others in this.
wouldn't work without a hardware revision or add-on. this isn't the same as 802.11x, it runs on a different frequency. You couldn't simply connect to this without some kind of add-on device or hardware specifically made to receive this new frequency.
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so i went into mcD's and founded wireless signals.. Read a sign on the door that says, "free wifi here.." Used my ppc and logged on and it asked for my name and credit card number....bla bla.. BS!
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wouldn't work without a hardware revision or add-on. this isn't the same as 802.11x, it runs on a different frequency. You couldn't simply connect to this without some kind of add-on device or hardware specifically made to receive this new frequency.
Depends on the chip itself. I wouldn't see it too hard. The principle is the same, it's just a setting.
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