The Future of Internet Access

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The Future of Internet Access
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How will we access the internet in the future? I have visited four continents in the last year and would like to predict the future of internet access. Within the next two years… globally this will happen, not USA-centric, the USA is just a small part of the planet that makes a big noise, this prediction is for planet earth, not just the USA.

83 percent of browsing and surfing will be done over a normal cell phone.

15 percent will plug a USB device into their computer and access internet coming from a cell tower.

2 landlines or cable ran to business or house.

Kabale, Uganda
East Africa
Thursday, May 21, 2009


More or less this is what will happen, landlines telephones grid systems are inefficient, inconvenient and most of the planet does not have them or the money to maintain landlines.

- Computers are for people who can type.
- Cell Phone access is for people who cannot type.
- Landlines are for businesses in the developed countries, which is only about 20 percent of the planet.

This is a USB device in Kenya by the Safaricom Company. I entered an internet café and the owner put this into my USB slot. There was software on the device, he then entered a key code and it allowed me access to the internet on my laptop. (I wanted to rent it for a couple of days and take back to my room.)

I saw the same device in Peru and in Guatemala. A reader wrote and asked if this existed in the USA, I do not know, he had become addicted in Italy.

This type of device is quickly becoming the world standard, I do hope the computer companies start to make a separation space between USB slots, this device is too wide and causes a problems when trying to use two slots side by side.

I store critical information on a thumb drive, and then back it up on the computer. I need to use my primary information on the chip at all times, therefore the man found an extension cord to allow me to plug in both devices at the same time.

I believe I need to start carrying a USB extension card to allow me plug in two wide USB devices at the same time.

Nonetheless, that little chip is quickly becoming the standard way of accessing the Internet on planet earth.

The Verizon BlackBerry Storm is connected to a global internet system that allows me to connect seamlessly in about 170 countries. I am told the Iphone, by Apple does not have seamless connection; a person needs to coordinate the connection as they travel. This Data connection will surely be extended to all types of cell phones in the next few years and the whole world will be surfing the internet on their cell phones, and when using a computer they will plug in a USB device.

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The Future of Internet Access

Motorcycle Bob

I use an extension cord for my USB all the time, it keeps me from breaking the USB port. What I really would like is to get some 3 inch or so cords so that I can have the flexibility, without my flash dipping in my drink.

Your gutsy letting unknown software form Africa be installed on your laptop. Id be careful with that..

To answer your question about having these types of USB/Cell Tower internet cards in the USA: YES.

ATandT, Sprint, and Verizon all have their own version. It works on the 3G broadband network (fast) and most require a contract (2 years). We have one at work for our travel use and it costs $60 USD per month for 5 gigs of bandwidth. That is currently the largest plan available from Verizon. After 5 gigs you pay a set rate for usage based on KB used.

I believe that some of them do offer unlimited plans which are more expensive. Must also note that 3G is generally not outside most major metro areas and the speed drops to about dial-up speed. Not bad for nationwide access, though.

For a traveler your best best is to get one that takes a sim card (like ATandT). They can be unlocked just like normal cell phones and you can buy sim cards around the world with data plans (like 1-2 call in Thailand where you pay about 500 baht for 100 hours). Even though it is not a cell phone each USB card does have its own phone number so any sim card will work. This is ideal as you only pay for the internet you need and no roaming charges.