WiFi comes to Sydney buses
Do it standing up
A commuter taking a two-hour intercity train trip to Sydney has both the space and the time to make serious use of a WiFi network but, alas, doesn’t have the WiFi network.
However, in an almost unheralded trial announced during the silly season and switched on last week, commuters between the eastern suburb of Maroubra and the inner-city suburb of Leichhardt will be guinea pigs for on-bus WiFi.
Given the difficulties facing a bus commuter struggling with a laptop – if a seat on a bus is even available, the space between seats is usually too small for a fully open screen, for example – the WiFi trial seems more designed to target the iPhone / iPad user base. One end of the route, Leichhardt, is Sydney’s “little Italy”, dripping with cool and coffeeshops; near the other end is the University of New South Wales, crowded with gadget-laden students.
The trial offers a maximum 45-minute or 30 Mbyte download free session per trip.
Available in Scotland's buses too
I noticed Citylink are offering free wifi on their Edinburgh-Glasgow routes too... http://www.citylink.co.uk/businesslink.php
Been there, done that
Actually, laptops can and are already used on Sydney buses - I use mine every day with the 3G network. The type of bus makes quite a dfference though: the newer buses are air-conditioned, more spacious and oddly, also have better 3G reception with their big windows than the older style, which appear to be better Faraday cages.
They've got on bus Wifi on the X5 to Cambridge - it's a complete waste of time, it's just connected to a single 3G link, and is far slower than using your phone's own 3G.