Most all of us have at one point or another been robbed by our mobile phone carriers by the ridiculously expensive data plans, and while we continue to believe that we need these data plans I’m saying to my carrier AT&T “thanks, but no thanks.” Over the summer I flew half way across the globe to Singapore for a nice and relaxing vacation. Due to the nature of international voice and data roaming you can imagine my unwillingness to pay the ridiculous fees associated with using my phone while abroad. Thus, I was stuck with only the public WiFi connections I could find. Before my trip I dreaded this fearing that I would become incredibly disconnected from my life on the Internet and moments before the trip wishing there was some way I could afford that $199 200MB international data roaming plan.
Thankfully the place I stayed had a free wireless access and allowed me to make free calls back to the U.S. using my Google Voice account. During the first day in the actual city my need for connectivity was starting to grow. I wanted to check my email, read the latest technology news, see the newest viral video and while the city was dotted with public wireless access the always on connectivity of cellular data just seemed far superior. I wanted to access the information and wanted to do it while I was moving. Not while sanding around in some coffee shop or McDonalds. After the first few days I started giving up on wireless access, it was becoming to difficult to keep a connection and it was never reliable for more than a few minutes.