BT is offering £1,000 to the best mobile phone application that uses a Wi-Fi connection for something, anything, in an attempt to work out just what such connections are for. The "Developer Challenge Competition" is open to anyone who can put together a Symbian application - Symbian is supporting the competition, so Java …
Wifi for mobiles
You could use it to drain your battery quickly ready for an improved recharge cycle. Or maybe to cause sufficient interference to stop car central locking remotes from working.
Obviously "because WiFi is cheaper than using the phone connection to browse the interweb" and "because VoIP calls over WiFi are cheaper than mobile network calls" have escaped BTs field of view.
....Errrr - collecting email over a fast FREE network rather than having to collect if over a slow paid network?!
- Synchronising ringtones with your PC
- Downloading pictures from the phone to the PC
- Synchronizing email and SMS messages with the PC
And since it's Wifi, all of those could be done remotely; say, when I am in Quebec and my PC is (as always) in Oregon.
But I'm not going to write anything. Let Nokia do it.
Another go at toothing....
So, they're looking for something new and interesting to do at a BT Openzone wifi spot?
Maybe we could have another shot at a decent 'toothing' application? With wifi, users could benefit from a 'richer' multimedia experience, possibly by viewing the potential partner's MySpace page, before making a commitment to any hankypanky.
... to destroy wireless signal across the entire band, instead of just one end of it.
something that scans your text messages and uses what it finds to pull relevant video advertisements whenever you're in wifi range.
What I'd like to see...
Is an application for the Nokia N95, that will allow it to act as a Wi-Fi to 3G wireless router.
Re: Bloody obvious!
I'm pretty sure the N95 can do all those already
Shame they want symbian...
...I've just finished writing a suite of apps for Windows Mobile (also XP/Vista/2003 Server) that sync files between handheld, workstation,laptop etc -without using ActiveSync.
"As long as your entry can install on a S60 or UIQ device (version 3 or above), then it can be entered into the competition - assuming it uses Wi-Fi, of course.®"
So much for Windows Mobile.
Erm stuff like.....
web mail, pc anywhere, websurfing the normal stuff you do with a internet/network connection, i.e SPV Office files etc
The Killer App
How about remote management tool that reboots the phone when you attempt to use low cost VoIP over wifi ... should keep the revenue rolling. Symbian ... zzzzzhhh ... why not COBOL?
BT and Symbian generosity
£1k top prize, two £250 second prizes and 10 runner up prizes of a Symbian press book ?
BT must be desperate.
Perhaps £1k for the idea but this is marketing/development on the cheap.
Hang on, perhaps it's ingenious, they could offer a £10 reward for someone to fix their Home Hub security flaw (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/09/bt_home_hub_vuln/) ...
On Line Backup....
I would have thought a killer app for this would be to auto detect an unsecured (or registered) WiFi Zone, connect, then synchronise your contacts and photos as well as ringtones.
Is that £6250
C.F New currency for space travellers http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7029564.stm exchange rate of £6.28 to the Quid
Fring's the thing..
Free calls (OK, to Skype etc.) are great, I think I've saved the cost of my E65 in Roaming charges!
Wifi Tart Cards
Instead of the gels putting their cards in phone boxes, they should have a wifi router broadcasting their 'wares'.
Call me cynical but no sign of any T&Cs. Wonder what rights the winner has to assign to BT?