Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows CE; IEMobile 7.11) Sprint PPC6850SP) There's nothing more heady than the abstracted (simplified) futuristic/romantic rhetoric about how we're entering a "mobile" age. But the REALITY is something else. ===== I live in a small city in what Wm. Gibson calls The Sprawl, 3/4 hour from New York City. When I make a day-trip to visit Manhattan bookstores/galleries/museums or a museum's library for my work... here's what my "mobility" really involves: Constantly juggling 3 or 4 questions -- (A.) "Where are the electrical outlets? so all my under-batteried E-devices can get through the day... (B.) "Where are the bathrooms?" (due to both the typical frequency of need for the aging male, and the need to drink water to avoid more kidney stones)... (3.) "Where can I sit down, especially without buying food?" (for the early-onset arthritis), and ..... (D.) "Where are the free/open Wi-Fi stations?" I am listing this last, only because they're essentially extinct. Even if you see a list of Wi-Fi's where one looks unlocked... just try to use it, and 'Boom!' it turns out that it IS locked. ===== CONCLUSION: So, if Apple would wake up to this last "D." reality, that WI-FI IS INSUFFICIENT for real "mobility", and therefor what's needed is the option of a 3G modem with the carrier of one's choice... then my "mobile life" could revolve around juggling just 3 factors, not 4. ) ------ Yes, I could get an old fashioned outboard 3G modem, but having that hanging off the side of a Macbook Air, looks like an anorexic supermodel smoking a big fat cigar. C'mon Steve, Apple needs to catch up with its competitors, when it comes to 3G!