View Full Version : End to Storage Problems as Napster comes to your 7650?

13-09-2002, 07:00 AM
Well, maybe not Napster and maybe not an ideal solution, but this article ( on the BBC Online ( website suggests otherwise thanks to a solution to be offered by the French company, Apeera (, a solution to provide a peer-to-peer file sharing client for the advanced functionality found in phones that run mobile Operating Systems such as those provided by Symbian, Palm and (to a lesser extent) the bloated and unstable Microsoft smartphone.


The BBC site says "The technology gives users a digital store cupboard for their own media files and lets them pass them on to anyone who wants to use, listen or look at them on their own handset."

The Apeera web site describes itself thus; "The Apeera-Client software resides in the mobile handset and represents the functionality and intelligence to enable the managed peer-to-peer application sharing solution. It enables a synchronized interaction between the Apeera-Server and the handsets and extends transparently the handsetís operating system to the Apeera-Server".

I often find that the BBC Technology web site comes across as a little naive, and here, although it has a photograph of a Nokia 3650 and mentiones that "Some phones use software known as Java that lets them do much more sophisticated things" ;) , such a service as this, being offered by Apeera, would need some drastically cheaper net access for mobile devices, and as smartphones are built with more and more memory capacity anyway (P800, 3650), the storage facility offered by Apeera would be less attractive as a store cupboard.

What I want is flat rate, unmetered GPRS. If I had this, I would be more interested in Apeera's offering.

Nevertheless, one more option for users to consider cannot be a bad thing and the operators are interested; "Mr Bisaz said many operators were interested in Apeera because it allowed customers to get more out of their handset and gave the operator a regular point of contact with subscribers".

Would you want peer-to-peer file sharing on your phone?

13-09-2002, 08:08 AM
Short answer is no. My information is my information and I detest the idea that the Mobile Netoworks would be able to store it. Lets not forget the implications this would have under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act in the UK, and the fact that if this becomes commonplace, then the implications for freedom and privacy in our country are immense, and in a bad way.

I'll take a large storage card and some strong file encryption on the device.

18-09-2002, 03:00 PM
But surely this will work just the same as any standard PC P2P software like Kazaa etc. Therefore any other users would only see what you want them to.

I personally think it is a great step in the right direction. Ok a very expensive one at the moment but that will change as more and more people get these newer breed of phones and start using them fully.

Just imagine sitting on the beach and you forgot to stick one of your favorite songs on your MP3 enabled phone. Just do a quick search wait while its delivered to your phone.

As bandwidth gets cheaper it would be nice to be able to set your own file server up at home on your ADSL, T1 connection etc and have access to your own files. This would probably be more suited for the G3 transfer speeds though.