Speed Test Results:
Download Speed: 7214 kbps (901.8 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 920 kbps (115 KB/sec transfer rate)
Download Speed: 11687 kbps (1460.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 897 kbps (112.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Download Speed: 10264 kbps (1283 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 953 kbps (119.1 KB/sec transfer rate)
Holy cow! Look at these insane 4G speeds while cruising outside of Starbucks, Whole Foods and Cinnabon at Kahala Mall. Did I mention, we also have several Road Runner SpeedZones here as well?
Road Runner Mobile Hawaii
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Sure, we’ve all seen the glamourous posts of 4G speeds at exotic locales. But what really rocks about the 4G network is that it’s available everywhere including those not-so-exotic places like this one where I needed a connection nestled right between two trucks in the lot where I drop off my friends in the morning.
A speed test indicated I was cranking 5mb/sec down and just over 1mb/sec up.
In the parking lot.
Between two trucks.
Late yesterday afternoon, my homey at the Star-Advertiser asked me if I had a blog ready to go for today as they were planning on posting my mug in the print version of the paper again. Apparently, the demand to see my face again was that overwhelming.
I wish. But yeah, a fella can dream right?
Regardless, bruddah ovah hea had to be ready with a blog, so I did what any red-blooded American would do in a crisis situation. Cry.
After wiping away my tears, I was able to regroup and figure out what I was going to blog about…
Last week Thursday, Oceanic Time Warner Cable and Road Runner Mobile held their Official IntelliGo Launch Party – at the Road Runner Music Hall – to introduce their newest wireless product to the public: The IntelliGo. The IntelliGo is their shiny/sparkly wireless device that acts as a personal mobile hotspot, providing a WiFi signal for up to 5 of your friends. (Click here for more info about the IntelliGo).
Various members of the media (both traditional and social media), current customers, contest winners, etc. were invited to this exclusive event which included free giveaways, ono kine grindz, and live entertainment from two killer local bands: Busekrus and Elephant! Check out the scenes and commentary below!
Sixty bags of goodies went just like that! Apologies to the late comers who weren’t able to score one!
60 bags of goodies to be given away to everyone who attended
And here’s a shot of the bags (with the IntelliGo poster in the background) from one of @ParkRat‘s tweets!
Photo from @ParkRat’s tweet
What kinda goodies were inside? Check it!
Goodie Bag Contents
The calm before the storm. Busekrus doing sound check before the Road Runner Music Hall gets packed!
Busekrus doing sound check
What we were all there for: the IntelliGo (and Road Runner Mobile) signage.
IntelliGo and Road Runner Mobile signage
The Road Runner Mobile logo getting some air-time on the big screen.
Road Runner Mobile logo on the big screen
The scene from the other side of the Hall: Two staffers relaxing before show time.
Two staffers relaxing before show time
@HawaiiRealty tweets a shot of her VIP pass!
Photo from @HawaiiRealty’s tweet
Big Mahalo to Lanakila Pacific’s Xpress Chefs for doing an amazing job with the eats! Based on what I was hearing, the Stuffed Mushroom Caps were probably the biggest hit of the night.
Catered food from Xpress Chefs
@johngarcia snaps a twitpic of the stage just before showtime. The anticipation mounts!
Photo from @johngarcia’s tweet
With the room packed, we were ready to go! Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s VP of Marketing Alan Pollock kicks off the show!
VP of Marketing Alan Pollock with some introductory statements
Standing room only! Busekrus starts the night with some acoustic sounds.
Busekrus on stage
Photo from @johngarcia’s tweet
@OceanicCable gets in on the (Tweeting) act with this crowd shot.
Photo from @OceanicCable’s tweet
Just outside, the media conducted one on one interviews with some of our guests. Here’s Maribel getting ready for her interview.
Maribel before her interview
Recognize her? Yep, she’s the one from the Road Runner Mobile “And Here” commercial!
Maribel the actress
Photo from @HawaiiIRL’s Facebook
Elephant’s front man Kevin Jones belting away
Photo from @HawaiiIRL’s tweet
A big Mahalo to Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s VP of Marketing Alan Pollock and Road Runner Mobile’s Wireless Director Kiman Wong for helping to make this event a possibility. Also to the Marketing department (both locally and at the corporate level) for donating all of the great gifts and giveaways. Big ups to James Avis and Kevin Jones of Clear Channel Communications for the support, as always, and to Caroline Witherspoon and Malia Chung (and Marichris Diga) of Becker Communications for your media support as well. A special thanks to all of our guests spanning the local community… from our current Road Runner Mobile customers, to Hawaii’s social media leaders like @Bytemarks @DigitalSignGuy @HawaiiRealty @johngarcia @ktpoy @Mel808 @Melissa808 @ParkRat @peterkay and @ryankanno. Much love everyone!
* For more information about Road Runner Mobile, please see rrmobile.oceanic.com or AndHere.com.
* Tune in to thehall.tv in a few days to watch the encoded version of the event in its entirety.
* Check out the 3:11 mark of the following video to see @Melissa808 reveal the swag that was given away that night.
Mix It Up – Episode 13
WOWZAS! That was a lonnng one! Thanks for hanging in there and reading it all. Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming…
Posted by @worldwideed.
Scenes from Our IntelliGo Launch Party
The Oceanic Time Warner Cable Production staff did an excellent job putting together this piece about our IntelliGo Launch Party. The launch party took place on July 29, 2010 at the Road Runner Music Hall where members of the media (traditional and social media), current Road Runner Mobile customers, key employees and partners, and more, were all in attendance. Watch the video above for some highlights!
Check out @worldwideed’s coverage of the launch event as well!
Here’s a simple example of how the 4G network really changes everything. Just the other day I had a 1030am client meeting. In the old days, I would have normally dropped my kids off at school at round 7ish, headed back to the office until about 10am when I would leave for the meeting. The back and forth commute (school-office-office-client) would cost be about an hour of time but this would be offset by the productivity advantage.
This time, I dropped the kids off and then found the nearest location to the client office where I could sit down. In this specific case, I got free covered parking at Ward Centre, then grabbed a table right outside Mocha Java. Didn’t cost me anything (I usually grind/brew coffee at home in the morning) and I enjoyed delightful time with broadband connectivity.
Now as it turned out, I decided to treat myself to a French toast breakfast, but that was just icing on the cake.
So here’s the point: having what’s essentially island-wide wifi gives you a whole new level of increased productivity and freedom. It really does change the way you work.
Check out Peter Kay’s video testimonial for Road Runner Mobile!
Shot at the Road Runner Music Hall.
On the first Thursday of every month you can (should!) attend a Neighborhood Board Meeting at the Aina Haina Public Library. I just so happen to be a board member and am proud to report that the RRmobile 4G network is doing its Patriotic Civic Duty.
I use my laptop to record each meeting’s audio proceedings (you can access all of them via the Neighborhood Board #2 Web site) and many times situations come up during the meeting when we really need Internet access.
Case in point:
Just a few minutes ago, the State Civil Defense was making a presentation about disaster preparedness. The speaker referred to the state’s web site for more information. I wanted to verify that site so I could share it with the others present. I could not have done this without my RRmobile 4G access.
Many times the discussions refer to news articles that I need to bring up. Other times we need to present Google maps, especially with street view. Having wifi-like speeds really makes this a breeze.
BTW I clocked this badboy at:
Download Speed: 5375 kbps (671.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 143 kbps (17.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
See our location below. Join us next month!
I’ve learned now to always bring my laptop with me no matter how unlikely it seems to be needed. Today that played itself out as it does so many times.
There I was in a client meeting in Kailua, right next to the marsh (see map below) and we were discussing creative, strategic issues. One of the folks in the meeting started referring to what they had seen on YouTube and suddenly the conversation really zoomed into this discussion about the videos they had seen.
Only one problem. No YouTube computer.
To the rescue! I whip out ye olde trusty laptop. Guess what? Road Runner Wifi Hotpot shows up! The signin web page shows up and I’m off and running. (Slight disappointment as I was going to show off my coolness 4G RRmobile superfast high speed thingamagiggy).
Well as it turned out, the wifi connection, while real, was not so hot.
So I disappeared into a nearby phone booth and put on my Mr. Computer Minute Guy superhero outfit, quickly returning with my 4G USB stick in hand. I performed a brief dramatic ceremony as I connected it to my laptop (you know, a rain dance, whole burnt offerings, small animal sacrifices, the whole bit) and voila!
Full strength 4G wireless pops up and I’m connected, ripping at lightning speeds. Now we’re not just talking about the YouTube, we’re YouTubing it. Everyone is impressed. Once again I claim to be an X-Men mutant with mysterious superpowers. Once again the day is saved.
And the Road Runner 4G network was there [below] for me.
Some of you asked “What YouTube was it?”, well, I can’t share that due to client confidentiality but HOWEVER I will share a favorite of mine that goes out to all my geek friends:
Weird Al Yankovic – White & Nerdy
I was talking to some friends today that were themselves considering getting the 4G service and I was thinking about how to explain the benefits to them. Now, you gotta understand, after doing Your Computer Minute for over 12 years, my brain has gotten wired to think and communicate in sub-minute soundbites. I have to explain anything in less than a minute.
So how do I explain the coolness of 4G?
“It’s island-wide wifi”.
That’s pretty much it. You basically get wifi speeds nearly anywhere on the island. My friends @parkrat and @melissa808 are just burning up the airwaves demonstrating my point by going all over the place.
The real benefit here is that island-wide wifi gives you a freedom unlike any other I’ve experienced. While I love to go to the beach, to me it’s wonderful just to park my car in a covered, free, parking stall and fire up the laptop. In the time it takes to boot up, I’m instantly productive. And of course if you make heavy use of cloud-based services like Google docs and such, your office is really wherever you want it to be.
What I find myself doing now more than ever before is just taking my laptop with me wherever I go, even if I might not be needing it. Why? You never know when you might get stuck in a situation where you have to wait on something (like, an oil change, for example) and there’s no reason why you can’t transform that normally wasted time into productive effort.
That freedom, that productivity, is really what 4g is all about.
It’s island-wide wifi.
About a month ago I was charged with facilitating a meeting of a political party scheduled for about 50 people total. The task at hand was to discuss the party’s platform, one of the key documents of organizations like this. We had the neighbor islands calling into a conference bridge and we would rely on my laptop’s screen, projected on the wall locally and rebroadcast to callers via gototmeeting.com. The location: Dave and Busters in the “Showroom” on the 2nd floor.
These days I just naturally assume wifi is enabled at places that have projectors and screens and power, so I don’t even bother asking for Internet connectivity. Besides, I’m not the guy coordinating the room reservations. No problem, right? (Can you tell where I’m going with this?).
So, of course being the Professional Facilitator, I show up about ½ hour early to make sure everything is setup right. Power? Check. Screen? Check. Projector? Check. Wifi Up? What Wifi?
Me: “What’s your folks wifi password?”
Nice manager guy: “Uh, I’m sorry Mr. Kay, you folks didn’t reserve wifi and for us to get it enabled we have to contact the corporate office and since today is Saturday I don’t think we can get it setup for you on such short notice”.
(Meanwhile, attendees are starting to pour into the room and neighbor island folks are calling into the conference bridge. My heart rate slightly increases and a very mild cold sweat begins).
Hey, wait, I just noticed a sign right outside D&Bs about RR 4g. I just so happen to have my handy-dandy adapter right here. Please God, grant me good reception in what feels like a very closed room.
I plugged in the 4G USB thingy. Fired up the connection software. Watched it go through its phases of connecting to a signal.
FIVE BARS LIGHT UP, EXCELLENT RECEPTION! I start doing the Tarzan dance on the table and repeatedly pound my chest, demonstrating to all that yes, I’m still Peter Kay, dammit!
I connect to gotomeeting. Works like a charm. No problemos. The meeting starts. Everybody is stoked. I kick into meeting faciliator mode.
The result? A new platform is written and weeks later, ratified. Politics in Hawaii makes a huge leap forward. People cheer. Women Swoon. Men swagger. Babies dance. The seas part. The world will never be the same.
Had it not been for Road Runner High Mobile High Speed 4G coolness, I would have had some very upset and not-kept-in-on-the-loop neighbor island folks and there’s a darn good chance the platform would not have been completed or ratified. My reputation as Mr. Computer Minute guy would have been shattered.
And here’s the best part: everything happened so smoothly, so seamlessly, no one even knew about the high stakes drama that was unfolding, (primarily within the mind of a geek on a mission to change the world).
All because of my trusty little usb-thingy-I-plug-in-to-get-superfast-Internet-access.
To help us illustrate what Road Runner Mobile is and how and where you can use it, we’ve enlisted the expertise of local tech guru Peter Kay. Starting today, Peter will document his ongoing Road Runner Mobile adventures via Twitter and his personal video blogs. Later, we will catch up with him to get some valuable feedback of his experiences. To view Peter’s live tweets, please visit @peterkay on Twitter.
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