[...] an app or service (it doesn’t have to be inside the device, it could be on the network) that demands online, constant access."
This kind of sentiment has been expressed before about the Maemo-based Internet Tablets:
- "You don't need a PIM, as you use an online calendar."
- "You don't need a good email client, use Gmail or similar."
- "You don't need $X, use $Y online."
Now it's self-evident that we're not in a world of ubiquitous Internet yet. Norwich city centre's free wifi rollout could be considered a start, as could the talk of a non-free nationwide WiMax network.
So, I look forward to the day of ubiquitous Internet access...
- ...which is cheap (or even free) at home and not exhorbitantly expensive when on holiday abroad.
- ...on the train - in a railway cutting or tunnel (both very common on the UK's West Coast Main Line) with no line of site to a base station or satellite.
- ...on a plane - despite existing carriers cancelling the service due to cost.
- ...in the Channel Tunnel - when popping over to a foreign country, incurring roaming charges etc., even when I'm still closer to Great Britain than when in Northern Ireland.
- ...on a boat in the middle of the English Channel.
- ...in the middle of the Dubai desert (roll on mid-March!)
Personally, I doubt the Internet will ever be ubiquitous in these locations without paying a fortune (after all, if an FM radio signal can't be ubiquitous, why would people pay to make a cheap Internet connection available); and why should I have to pay a fortune to check my calendar?
Yes, these are Internet tablets, but I should be able to carry my bits of the Internet around with me.