While participating on the OTF21C panel discussion this past week, an interesting point came up. Since the discussion, I have been thinking about this: What is your online orientation?
1. Are you offline, and you choose when to go online?
2. Are you online, and you choose when to go offline?
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I have traveled from Canada to the USA several times in the last few months. Wanting to be connected via 3G in a cost effective manner, I ordered an AT&T sim card for my iPad with the understanding that I could activate the sim once I was in the USA with a wifi connection.
- Attempt 1 – I was unable to activate the card due to lack of wifi in the location I was at.
- Attempt 2 – I was unable to activate the card since the sim account activation process would not validate a Canadian credit card & address against the USA based template using a local hotel address.
- Attempt 3 – I was unable to activate the card since the sim account activation process would not validate a plain vanilla no address credit/cash card as the name field cannot be left blank.
Adventure 2 – excursion to Austria to perform with the KWCO orchestra.
Our hotel was located in downtown Saltzburg Austria conveniently next to a small shopping mall which contained a T-Mobile store. They had iPad compatible sims for Austria in 1GB or 3GB packages ($15 and $22 respectively) which are active for 30 days. There are options to top up the data if required and/or reuse the chip again on a future trip.
I popped in the sim card, entered the sim card password and the T-mobile network was detected in about 5 seconds. All as it should be – easy, convenient, affordable and hastle free for the end user.
Kudos to T-Mobile. I think the North American TelCo.’s could take a few pointers from the European approach re service levels and customer satisfaction.
Now to research a better travel to USA from Canada solution — starting with T-Mobile.
Just prior to the end of the school year, we held a meeting of the group the teachers involved in our JK/SK iPad project. The meeting was a great sharing of learnings to date. Much of the discussion centred around criteria for choosing apps for students of this age/grade level. Here is what they had to say.