As I am sure you are all aware I am a little underwhelmed by the current cloud obsession.
The other week I got a reminder how much and why I think its a bit oversold.
Put simply, if you live in a part of the world where you can travel all day and not change wireless provider then maybe things makes sense, or if your providers have agreed a sensible fee structure.
If you live in a part of the world where a couple of hours drive in any direction will put you in a new country, with a new wireless provider, with generally obscene abusive fee schemes then, well the cloud starts to hurt financially. If you live near a bunch of predatory roaming grabbers (Bouygues I’m thinking of you – hijacking my phone whenever I go within 50kms of the French border, even when my home signal is fine) its abruptly not very sensible.
If you look at the times I used 8 quid in 2 minutes, thats more than some lawyers cost!
In fact I used my 40 quid in a couple of tiny slots, of well under 1 hour in total. And I was just checking my email, a quick glance at Google maps etc. I wasn’t streaming music or films or anything data intensive.
The fact is data roaming in Europe is painfully expensive, so much so it makes the whole thing close to unusable for normal people.
If you are wondering why the blog update rate took a nose dive in April there is your answer, and its going to be like that till the End of May earliest. 40 quid to download a bunch of spam is a lesson learnt!
Have you been burnt by data roaming?