This article posted below might validate your point of view but we will
have to see how this system actually works.
Cellular phone network used as backhaul for WiFi hotspot in cars
by Guy J Kewney | posted on 05 January 2007
Autonet coverage Two 3G (sort of) cellular networks, provided by Verizon
Wireless and Sprint Nextel, jointly cover most of continental USA. Now,
find a way of using those networks to provide in-car Internet.
Normally, you'd be forced to get at least two data cards, and plug them
into your PC, and switch from one network to the other as coverage
varied. It's not a consumer friendly option, which probably explains
where Autonet Mobile founder Sterling Pratz got his idea for a car-based
To quote David Haskin writing in Macworld, "Our thought was to turn the
car into a hot spot so people could have the same experience in their
car as in their home or office," said Pratz, a former racing driver.
Autonet access pointThe system takes the download from the two cellular
providers, and automatically feeds it into an in-car wireless access
The idea seems perverse at first sight. WiFi is a lot faster than the
EV-DO data system which is the American version of 3G cellular
broadband. Even the Rev A version of EV-DO won't give more than 2.5
megabits as its maximum download speed, and that figure drops off
noticeably as you move away from the cellular mast, and as the bandwidth
gets shared amongst other data users. Expect average downloads of below
half a megabit.
Using cellular links from two providers offers the option of combining
the bandwidth from both, providing acceptable surfing performance in
good coverage. Outside 3G areas, however, the system drops back to the
US equivalent of GPRS, the much slower 1xRTT.
Costs make it clear that this option is not for the budget-conscious.
The AP costs one dollar short of $400, and it's just below $50 a month
on top of that to have data access to the two networks.
There's a good chance that people accustomed to WiFi hotspot surfing,
together with VoIP phone services like Skype, will be disappointed by
this service at first, because it's hard to believe it won't introduce
extra latency delays into the data stream. However, the advantage over
trying to plug data cards into a PC for cellular data will be
consideable, in usability terms.
Full details won't be available till the company unveils the service at
the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. But it looks as if the
company may have plans above and beyond providing WiFi Internet inside
cars, because it has revealed that this Wireless Access Point will plug
into standard mains power, as well as the in-car 10V line.
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