Jeff brings up some applications such as a myriad of presence based services that could be offered, but I see the immediate benefit in communication & collaboration utilities for the always-on road warrior.
- Imagine a sales guy who can demo his ASP product to a potential customer without having to set up any network connections;
- Or, an investor who can participate in a Board meeting via video-conference from an airport across the country;
- Or, an architect/designer who wants to show an engineering client a draft CAD/PSD file before the big boss walks in the conference room;
- Or, a government contractor who needs access to top secret material only through the most secure VPN.
For $80 a month with unlimited access from Verizon Wireless, you can count me in. I just hope that the Bay Area is added soon - that'll help their business finally take off.
I'm also surprised that Verizon Wireless hasn't signed up any content/application deals as a value add to buy the service. At first glance, the service is a pretty hard sell next to a RIM or Good device but, for what it's worth, I think it's a good buy and it's only going to get better.