At the Symbian Smartphone Show, software vendors demonstrate new ways to deliver Wi-Fi to new users and in new areas. TapRoot Systems' WalkingHotSpot and WeFi.com extend the concept of Wi-Fi to make wireless access more cost-effective and more broadly available.
LONDON-Users hot for Wi-Fi hot spots
need look no further than a couple of nifty software solutions that help spread
the wealth when it comes to Wi-Fi access.
At the Symbian Smartphone Show here, both TapRoot Systems and WeFi.com
demonstrated solutions that help users get Wi-Fi access in innovative,
TapRoot Systems said its WalkingHotSpot transforms Windows Mobile 6 and S60
3G/Wi-Fi smart phones into "walking" hot spots. Users can securely
retrieve e-mails and browse the Internet on Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as
laptops and MP3 players. Wireless subscribers can forget about data cards,
cables, dongles and multiple service and hot-spot plans, because WalkingHotSpot
allows the option of consolidating connectivity subscriptions and expenses into
one economical solution.
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In addition to appearing at the Symbian show, the WalkingHotSpot team is
touring Europe to promote the technology.
"WalkingHotSpot was launched as a beta trial earlier this year, and Europe
has proven to be one of our top markets," said Bob Bicksler, CEO
of TapRoot Systems. "Combining the proliferation of smart phones in Europe
with the mature 3G infrastructure makes a strong user scenario for
WalkingHotSpot. We see Europe as a significant market
for this application. With WalkingHotSpot, users can feel confident they have a
reliable, secure, inexpensive and readily available Internet connection wherever
and whenever they need it."
TapRoot Systems officials said Symbian OS
and Microsoft Windows Mobile
users can purchase WalkingHotSpot
for a one-time fee
of $24.99 for the lifetime of the phone or as a monthly plan for $6.99. A seven-day
free trial is available to new users, the company said.
WeFi.com, which also demonstrated its wares at the conference, provides
software that, when loaded onto a laptop or mobile device, automatically
detects and qualifies all Wi-Fi access points within range and connects the
user to the spot with the best Internet connection. If the WeFi software
detects a new access point, it allows the user to be the first to map it. WeFi
also provides users with instant messaging tools, allowing them to create a
buddy list and to see where their friends are currently connected.