AirMobs - Bandwidth-sharing app brings connectivity to all

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AirMobs - Bandwidth-sharing app brings connectivity to all

Postby Hammer_Time » Sun Jan 27, 2013 6:38 am

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg2 ... o-all.html

Bandwidth-sharing app brings connectivity to all

26 January 2013 by Hal Hodson

Magazine issue 2901.

MAXED out on your phone's data plan? Stuck in a dead zone? Your neighbour can help. A new app lets users share mobile internet connections with anyone around them, helping the data-starved avoid roaming charges and steep overage fees.

Called AirMobs, the app shares a phone's data plan with others through the phone's Wi-Fi signal. For every kilobyte shared, AirMobs awards a data credit that can be used later.

"The idea is to extend the principle of 'give and you shall receive' to create an incentive for people to share their data plan," says Eyal Toledano at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who developed the app.

AirMobs aims to help users avoid high charges by connecting to the internet via the phones around them. In places where perhaps only one carrier has coverage, it can provide connectivity for all.

"You can use your credit in an area where you don't have a connection," Toledano says. "Maybe the guy next to you has great coverage."

Users can choose how much of their data plan they share. AirMobs runs in the background, regularly checking the phone's battery life and the strength of the cellular connection. It also detects movement, as the signal is more stable when the phone is stationary. When conditions are right, the Wi-Fi transmitter switches on automatically, and others can then connect.

Toledano says he has successfully tested the system within MIT, but he is hesitant to release it to the Google Play Store for fear that cellular carriers will object.

Bill Menezes, an analyst at Gartner in Denver, Colorado, agrees that's a danger. "Verizon Wireless, for example, specifically prohibits resale of its services to a third party," he says. "The question is how they would enforce it against an app like this."

"If networks decided to collaborate and let all devices roam freely, AirMobs would be less needed," Toledano says. "But where operators aren't collaborating, user-to-user collaboration can fix the situation."


Awesome idea, but the Carriers will certainly "object" to this for sure!! Can't cut into their overusage fees/gouging/unprecedented profits dontchaknow!!?? :fist:
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Re: AirMobs - Bandwidth-sharing app brings connectivity to all

Postby Sauron_Daz » Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:49 am

I can't see them approving this either, but maybe they can't prevent it from happening?
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