Like most US American Starbucks, also most German Starbucks offers WiFi-based Internet access (unfortunately without the free Windows Vista WiFi promotion) through T-Mobile's HotSpot network and when I was at my favorite Starbucks yesterday, I first used one of the WiFi networks available there. However, something went wrong during the afternoon and the WiFi fade away. Not a real problem at all, thanks to my Windows Mobile equipped UMTS device which I've fired up the same time and which I've used as a unwired broadband modem instead:
However, for some reasons, that Starbucks also seems to be "the meeting
place" for female Apple Mac users. During the 4 hours I've worked and relaxed
there, I saw three women with Macs (and not a single Windows user except me).
For the first, the WiFi seemed to work well - at least she spent 30 minutes or
so in front of her Mac, the second closed the lid pretty soon after she took
place - looks like she noticed that the WiFi was down. The third came over to me
and asked me if the Internet is working. So I told her "yes, it is - thanks to
*Windows* Mobile :P".
Unfortunately I wasn't able to share my connection with here - sharing in a
hassle-free mode without configuring our WiFis as ad-hoc networks etc.
While Windows Mobile features now a functionality called Internet Sharing, which
was introduced with Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 3 and is also part of Windows Mobile
6, Internet Connection cannot work as a wireless broadband hub to share the
connection through Bluetooth with several PCs at the same time, even if
Bluetooth can handle simultaneous connections without any problems. So I wasn't
able to create a wireless broadband hub I had happily shared with her but anyway
- the woman walked away that fast that I wasn't able to speak with here and to
explain here why *Windows* Mobile is that cool. Well, maybe she was way too much
Apple minded (and when she heard Windows her blood frosted) or just in a hurry.
Anyway - it's always good to have a fallback solution in the pocket and my
Internet fallback is called Windows Mobile which worked fine so far with all my
Notebooks - as long as I had Microsoft's Bluetooth stack running but that's a
What's about you - do you use your Windows Mobile as a wireless modem as
Cheers ~ Arne