Integrated WWAN: do I or don’t I? Pros and cons

Q1p_internal_wifi_radioUgh. I’m getting the integrated 3G itch again. When I last took my Samsung Q1P apart, I saw that I could remove the WiFi module and likely replace it with an EV-DO module. I don’t think there’s room for an HSDPA module due to the required SIM card. Then one of our jkOTR readers, Josh, reminded me that a Gotta Be Mobile reader added a WWAN module to his Motion LE1700 with success.

Adding integrated 3G to my 7-inch UMPC would definitely enable productivity since I wouldn’t have to rely on WiFi hotspots or tethering a 3G phone to the device. However, there’s a few personal pros and cons I’m evaluating. While everyone’s mobile computing needs are different, here’s my thought process….

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Symbian sleeps with the enemy

The big news this morning in the wireless world, Symbian licensing Microsoft’s ActiveSync technology which allows Symbian-based products to interact better with Microsoft Exchange servers. Russell Beattie worries about the potential problems for Symbian.

No one wins in deals with Microsoft (except Microsoft). I’m not sure what the long view is here for MS, but I’m sure they have one and I’m sure it’s devious.

Maybe Symbian and MS are trying to kill RIM. Well two things – Symbian is working with Blackberry folks as well, and doing a deal with Microsoft is a prudent strategy since it means the Symbian platform will support whatever is hot in the market. Palm made that deal as well with Microsoft for ActiveSync. Having said that, has anyone used the ActiveSync over the air? If it worked as well as RIM email, it would have been a standard by now. So far only RIM (and to some extent Good Technology) has been able to give people an intelligent, easy to use wireless email experience. I don’t expect that from Microsoft, unless of course they put their Mac people in charge. For past two weeks I have been mucking around with Microsoft mobile phones, and despite what others might say, Microsoft’s wireless efforts at present are in “spring training” stage and “play-offs” are too far off.

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