How relevant will WiFi actually be?

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    OrangeCuse44

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    When you are home with your personal WiFi access for iPod Touch, you have your computer. When you are out and away from a computer, you cannot access a network like EDGE, so how relevant will Safari actually be?
     
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    I have this same exact question...
     
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    It entirely depends on whether you have open networks (or are willing to pony up at paid hotspots) near where you typically are.

    Take college students...more and more campuses are moving to campus-wide Wi-Fi. So wherever they go, they'll be able to use their iPod to access the network. Pretty sweet.

    Take a laptop with you on a typical day and see where you can get a connection. That'll help you decide if it's worth it.
     
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    I have to agree with WildCowboy. I am a college student and I ordered he iPod touch because I will be able to get on the internet while at school without having to take my Macbook Pro with me everywhere I go.
     
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    My city is currently rolling out city-wide wifi. This'll be very relevant for me.
     
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    Why did i have to graduate in May...
     
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    I love that the new iPod Touch has Wi-Fi. It'll be nice to be able to go to a hotspot and just pull it out to check something really fast. This way, I can leave my laptop at home unless I know for a fact I'll need to use it for anything other than webbrowsing.

    Also, I even use my PSP Wi-Fi once in a while at home if I have to look at something quickly without bothering to boot up my computer or anything.
     
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    Well theres a lot of places that have wifi. But I think a lot of people will be buying it more cause they like the fact that can use wifi not that there actually gonna use it that much.:)
     
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    can you use the touch and iPhone on starbucks wifi for free?

    I always thought you could just sit in front with your computer and use it.

    But they made a big deal about the free wifi itunes in starbucks.

    Does that mean that wifi safari is not free?

    or is it?
     
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    I have wi-fi at home, and the iPod touch would be perfect for taking a dump with. It's extremely awkward to surf with a laptop when on the toilet.

    ft
     
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    Safari is not free, the iTS is :)
     
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    Starbucks wifi has always been for $$$. They are teamed with Tmobile and charge you a few bucks a day. I'm guessing that you get free wifi for iTMS use because Starbucks probably gets a small cut.

    If you want free wifi, go to Panera Bread. The food is better and the wifi is free.

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    I do like the warmth of my MacBook on my legs during...
     
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    You really can't pry yourself away from the internet long enough to take a dump? Sheesh... :p
     
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    As stated above, free wi-fi is becoming available enough that I think its significant on the 'Touch', but what'll really be cool is if someone manages to get Skype working on it! Also, there's an application out there that people are installing on their iPhones that allows them to access their iTunes music library off their home computer via the internet. If we could install that on the iPod Touch it would mean you'd have access to *all* your music, not just 8 or 16Gb worth. The fact that there's some kind of remote connectivity available *at all* opens up all kinds of possibilities.
     
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    My whole campus here is completely wireless so I am really looking forward to when my iPod Touch arrives (October 2nd - 4th!!!!)
     
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    Sandman, somehow that didn't occur to me, but that is the *best* idea. By the time I can afford a new iPod, that will have happened.

    Excellent.
     
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    There's free wifi at the coffee shop where I work, so this aspect may not be too useless after all.
     
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    lol, depends
    if you treat iPod Touch as an media player, wi-fi is totally irrelevant.
    if you treat it as a PDA, then you can look around, every decent PDA nowadays has wi-fi.

    why we need a pda when we have laptop? ask those millions of PDA owner! cause its small, easy to carry
     
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    Because it's embarrassing to take your laptop into the restroom.

    I use my iPhone on WiFi more than Edge, it's so much easier to check Google Reader and other "keep-up-to-date" items on the mobile device than carrying the laptop around.

    Feeds, news, blogs, everything that just fluff typically gets read on the iPhone. The good stuff gets starred/shared from Google Reader for reading later on the laptop.
     
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    I use my iPhone on EDGE more than on WiFi, but it's not too uncommon to find WiFi hot spots, and if I were still in school (where they have campus wide WiFi) I'd be using WiFi a lot.
     
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    wi fi

    will you be able to access the radio part of itunes store to listen to all the radio stations via wifi on the iphone or ipod touch?
     
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    Where I live, it's a huge deal. We have WiFi open across the whole city for free. So, in a situation like that, it's very useful.
     
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    haha, the day you find out your schools network blocked the touch from getting onto the server:)
     

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