Up until now getting access to documents, music files or photos or your calendar when you are away from your office or home PC has been limited to a mess of cables, WIFI or datacards. SoonR seems to have hit the nail on the head, with a smooth interface and more features than you can throw a dog at.

While not all the word is as mass mobile as I am, and it could be a long way before many want this service, which Soonr has solved already -

Want to transfer music to your phone from your home pc? Soonr can Transfer pictures? or any file you want - Soonr can do that too

Want to check your outlook calendar at work? or book that meeting with your boss - Soonr can - or read that email you missed before you shut down - yes Soonr can.

And want to check this from your Mobile or from any ol PC? Soonr can - and you have complete control of what files are shared and accessible by you - or you can setup a shared folder for this.

I guess there are many reasons I like this - from the web2.0 styling to the speed in which it was setup. I was up and running in 2 mins - after it asked for my proxy settings on the office firewall - and took no time at all to install on my home PC. Now the little server client is loaded all the time.

So what about the competition - having checked out whats out there, I tried using the client from http://www.orb.com - which according to the blurb lets you watch tv from your phone - groan - why would you want to do that?? when I have a great 3G phone already? Oh and you need a TV Card in your home PC. Put to the test, it failed - when I discovered that you can’t set the web proxy so the server app couldn’t get outside the office network. From my home PC with its tangle of wi-fi, routers with ‘solid’ firewalls and NATing I didn’t even try to set it up. Scared off by the first experience.

What I’m convinced is a good feature on Orb is the integrated streaming app - so you can listen to music on your home PC without downloading the full thing to your phone - saves you data and starts playing quicker than a download. If Soonr doesn’t do this soon (sorry for the crap english) then it will do it some time because its users are already requesting this.

Soonr just seems downright friendly, in a Flickr or any web2.0 softwar without the letter ’e’ seems right. Put to the test, I emailed orb support to find out what I had to do to amend the proxy settings - contact my IT helpdesk and get them to open a port on the firewall - now why would I want that??


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Damien Saunders
An experienced management consultant and business leader interested in digital transformation, product centred design and scaled agile. If I'm not writing about living with UCTD (an autoimmune disease), I'm probably listening to music, reading a book or learning more about wine.
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