Yes, Financially!. GC's policies are indirectly costing me more money than I would like. Case in point, While on holiday, the only internet access I have is via a Mobile Phone / Laptop. This system is a) Slow [even GPRS is only 56K] and B ) Costly...my Mobile phone provider charges £3 UK per megabyte GPRS. Just a simple download of a cache list from the main page, without pretty Icons or graphics, is a whopping 47K.....ie, The list of caches takes approx 15 seconds to download, and costs me 13p.... This is without taking into account the main title page, and browsing the individual caches. All in all, to find, and determine particular caches to hunt for on a particular day costs me between 50p and £1 in phone charges. Over a period of a 2 week holiday, the charges mount up quickly. (Orange Mobile Phone charges are here: http://www.orange.co.uk/service_plans/pay_...plan/index.html - Look for 'Pay as you Use')
It doesn't have to be this way at all..... If GC.com aloud access to their database for third parties (even if it required Users of said third party sites to be premium members of GC.com), then said third parties sites could provide this information in a form more data compact form, and everyone would be happy.
.... Yes I know there is the WAP service - If you've ever used it you will understand it's is pretty lame compared to using the main web site.... (You need to enter the co-ords in DD.DDDD , rather than DD MMM.MM format. Also, mechanisms prevent Bookmaking of Caches, so you have to go through the whole rigmarole of re-entering the cache waypoint to get the description/clue each time you want to check it!..... which works out about 10kilobytes of data per cache details/clue anyhow!).
My GC.com membership money is been given to the phone companies.....
This post has been edited by westonwanderers: 21 September 2004 - 01:12 AM