Today we welcomed a sales team from iModules to give us their pitch on their software and services. The pitch went well and about three-quarters of the way through their 3G wireless system crapped out on them. I heard them mutter something about “Clearwire” and thought that it might be that. Here in Kalamazoo it can be a challenge to acquire a good 3G signal for mobile presentations like that.
While they were dead in the water with their system they looked to me for help. That-sa-my-job! So I initially thought that what I would do is hook their laptop up to WMUNet and get their MAC Address and set it up with our DHCP registration system, at most a 5 to 7 minute endeavor. Then I looked to my assistant to see if he remembered which jack, if any were active in Walwood Commons. As I was following this mental garden path it struck me like a load of bricks between the eyes — Why not simply use my iPhone’s Personal HotSpot and set their wi-fi up to use my phone as a bridge to my Verizon 3G service?
Yes, why don’t I? So I told my assistant to drop his work trying to find a connected port in the wall and I opened my iPhone settings pane, went to Personal HotSpot, turned it on, typed in the access password into the presenters laptop and it worked like a charm. A nice fast wi-fi signal that enabled them to get underway and finish their presentation. I can’t say that I’ll ever want to do the “Western Shuffle” again if my iPhone can do all the heavy lifting for me.
It’s just sauce for the goose really. I only grow more smug and self-satisfied in my decision to pursue Apple technology so hard. Half of the reason why it worked I have to give to Verizon Network. This would have likely been an utter PITA with AT&T and for Sprint, well, I think that was what failed the presenters initially anyways. Where is the smart money? The smart money is on Apple and Verizon, at least for the time being.
So congratulations Verizon Wireless, and congratulations Apple. You have saved the day ONCE AGAIN. ONCE AGAIN!!! Think about that. How much do I have to thank Apple, how much praise can I heap upon them? I can’t imagine a world without this company and these devices. Think about that when you go out and look for a new device to buy. Even if it costs more, you get every ounce of value out of their products. No futzing, no fussing, no wondering if it will work, it just DOES. Microsoft could never do this, never in their wildest dreams.