[FoRK] Thinking of taking an iPhone on an international trip?

Bill Humphries <bill at whump.com> on Wed Sep 12 10:35:15 PDT 2007

I just returned from two weeks in Japan.

Cynthia and I popped out the SIMs from our iPhone's (just to be  
sure™) and used ours as cameras and WiFi devices.

We had phones through All Nippon Airways. They provide free phone  
rental (just pay for minutes.)

In both our hotels: the posh Pan Pacific in Yokohama, and the small,  
funky, but endearing Oak in Ueno had wired high speed connections so  
I set up my Mac Book Pro to share the connection so that Cynthia  
could check her email, feeds, and Live Journal from her iPhone.

The World Science Fiction Convention had a WiFi connection, so we  
could leave our Macs in our room.

In the field, there were fewer open WiFi networks than I had been  

NTT has subscription WiFi in JR East and Tokyo Metro stations, but  
our trip was too short to investigate that service.

We would had been charged per 128 bit packet if we used our mobiles  
for email or iMode browsing, so we stuck to looking out the windows  
on the trains instead of staring at our ketais like everyone else.

The iPhone needs a hole for attaching ketai charms though.

On Sep 12, 2007, at 9:07 AM, Jeff Bone wrote:

> On Sep 11, 2007, at 5:29 PM, Tom Higgins wrote:
>> On 9/10/07, Sat N <sateesh.narahari at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Even if it is just to brag internationally about iPhone, even if you
>>> just want to listen to the music on a long international flight, its
>>> going to cost you.
>> I shed one small teardrop for the poor poor bedraggled iPhoney  
>> users....You
>> sleep with dogs you get fleas, you buy tech locked down by  
>> monopolistic
>> ventures you get screwed. The sadness is that people still have  
>> not groked
>> this lesson.
>> Defective By Design, both the gear and the user it seems.
> Alternatives?
> OpenMoko, maybe.  Maybe.  We'll see.
> As for anything less thoroughly pre-integrated, not interested  
> anymore.  Life's Too Short.
> I'll take the dog, and stock up on flea dip.
> jb
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