What now, 3G?

In yesterday’s 3G article, I asked: “What will Filipinos do with 3G?”

After talking to Emerald during the demo of Smart’s 3G, she made it appear as if video conference calling was *the* highlight of 3G.

When I asked to see how the N70 connects to the Internet, she said: “That’s just GPRS. Many other handsets can surf the Internet. 3G just makes it faster.”

She said it as if it was a small thing that 3G has faster data transfers. But I guess she’s just doing her job and highlighting the 3G feature that’s easy for most to comprehend: video conference calls.

Sure, video conference calls are nice. I’m sure there are a lot of applications for video conference calls in the Philippines. (Telemedicine, communications with OFWs, critical “œface-to-face” meetings, live news reportage etc.)

But the faster data transfers ““ I think this will be a big opportunity for finding more applications.

Remember the G-TV? Video clips on your cellphone for a ridiculous fee. With 3G, we have the opportunity to distribute video clips at a more affordable rate. The opportunity to download entire books, photo albums, educational materials, music or audio books, audio/video seminars.

Video conference calls is the “œposter boy” feature, but it is not the only feature of 3G. The increased mobile bandwidth ““ that is the key feature of 3G. The increased bandwidth is what will allow more robust mobile content and applications.

Who else is imagining big things for 3G in the Philippines? What do you have in mind?
Raise your hands (and handsets) please and speak up . . .

ka edong
ka panaginip ka

Next week: Let’s hope I find that issue of Newsweek where they featured how Korea has made use of mobile broadband for mobisodes, video calls etc.

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  • A lot of new businesses can be built once 3G hits mainstream (which it will, through the clamor for new phones). It’s like what happened last time around for text, which made sms polling, text raffles, ringtones, etc. possible.

    And I want to Skype anywhere, or YM for that matter. Without the hefty price tag, of course.

  • mas madali makipag EB, hehehe…

  • bit

    With 3G, we can pretty much do anything and append the words “over-IP” to almost whatever we can dream of… and that makes me hopeful of a wonderful tomorrow. Hehe. (Of course, I’m exagerrating but you get the point.)

  • just wondering, if i download (i hope its downloadable) a G-TV movie for example, does that mean i can redistribute it since i paid for it..? because if it does, i would rush myself immediately to set up a wap site and store there streaming vid and mp3’s to gear up for this so called 3g..

    oh god, think of all the piracy..

    http://www.homepagekoto.com is now officially in web 2.0 “beta” mode, those static boxes will be animated if you switch to the ice cream page..

  • yeah EB… but then, what is the best handset that caters for all the features of mobile telephony? or we need to have a dozen to enjoy it all 😀

  • Derick

    Sa palagay ko di pa ready ang pinas sa 3G, and 3G is just for people that can afford and techno-savy. Pati di mo fully ma-enjoy yun 3G kc sa dami ng mga cellphone snatcher sa atin…

  • bit

    While there is no possibility that 3G will be immediately available to the masses here, why should we have to keep waiting for new technologies to get cheap enough for us? Why should we have to keep waiting for the next new technology to get replaced with even newer and better tech only to get more left behind in the world of tech?

  • i know ive said #G in Philippines is dumb, and now im takin it back..

    wanna know why..? check this out http://www.orb.com

    i say, say goodbye to ipod..

  • wahahaha, i called out smart hotline 888-1111 to ask for some info on how much they charge for GPRS kc im really interested now to get a cellphone, it turns out Smart is still using pre-historic analog type of AVR and telephone for their customer service.. what a nerve for them to say that they lead the next big thing in mobile tech.. i wonder what globe like..

  • dito sa UK meron nang 3G network na nagoffer ng “mobile broadband” sa cellphone. You can have almost unlimited skype, yahoo messenger,
    and msn. For more info read this blog