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

Peter Bergstrom <pbergstr at quadfusion.net> on Wed Sep 12 11:50:51 PDT 2007

I also just returned from a 2 week trip to Europe. I went to Denmark,  
France, Belgium, Netherlands, and Sweden, in that order.

As Bill and Cynthia did, I popped out my SIM card and used it as a  
WiFi only device. All places I stayed at had WiFi at the hotel or  
other places around town. For example, in Amsterdam, I was able to  
walk around and find open WiFi access points quite easily.

The thing that I found most useful besides email was Google Maps. I  
was able to bookmark locations that I wanted to see during the day  
and then browse the maps when I wasn't connected to a network using  
the iPhone's cache. When I was connected, I browsed the areas that I  
was going to visit in the maps application so that I could access it  
while offline. As a navigation device, it was superb. I did have some  
paper maps with me, but the ability to zoom in and out dynamically on  
the iPhone was incredibly useful for me.

- Peter

On Sep 12, 2007, at 10:35 AM, Bill Humphries wrote:

> 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  
> expecting.
> 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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