Re: [87attendees] SIM purchase at the IETF (was Re: [87all] IETF 87 Berlin Meeting Review)

Bob Hinden <bob.hinden@gmail.com> Fri, 16 August 2013 17:51 UTC

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Subject: Re: [87attendees] SIM purchase at the IETF (was Re: [87all] IETF 87 Berlin Meeting Review)
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Keith,

On Aug 16, 2013, at 9:33 AM, Keith Moore <moore@network-heretics.com> wrote:

> On Aug 16, 2013, at 11:57 AM, Dave Crocker <dhc@dcrocker.net> wrote:
> 
>>   The IAOC should pursue having a local SIM card rental booth at future IETF meetings.  The card choices should represent locally competitive costs and services.
> 
> I never cease to be amazed at IETF participants' willingness to demand more and more free services from event organizers.
> 
> That said, I would certainly find it useful to have cheap SIM cards easily available, but probably only if accompanied by English language support.  It wouldn't necessarily have to be at the conference site.  A pointer to a nearby store or one at the local airport would probably be sufficient.

Good points.

Personally, I doubt the economics would make selling SIMs on site worthwhile for an SIM vendor.  What percentage of attendees would do buy a SIM (requires an unlocked phone, motivation, etc.)?   Would that generate enough revenue for the seller to have someone on site for a day or two?

If the IAOC took this on, it would map into asking the Secretariat to organize this, which would map into increased costs for all of us.

I think would be better to collect information on where to buy a SIM on the meeting Wiki.   We clearly have some experts on this topic in the IETF.

Bob