That's fair; I went back to read my post and realized I didn't clearly articulate what I was thinking.
I am thinking of providing iOS-only Wifi coverage at heavy traffic corridors such as airports, public transportation systems around the world. Was recently at Heathrow and was frustrated there was no free Wifi. The only option, if one wasn't a subscriber to specific European carriers, was to sign up with Boingo. This is true of many other airports. At many airports where free WiFi is available, coverage is spotty and slow. Very few undergrounds/subwaysbuses have WiFi, never mind free service.
I don't think it would be that difficult/expensive for Apple to team up with locals to provide free, iOS-only 802.11ac service at major airports (even non-major ones) and public transportation systems (undergrounds and buses). If they deploy this, I believe it will suddenly increase the appeal of iOS devices more than any feature they can add to the devices themselves. Imagine enhancing Apple Maps to provide properly validated navigational aids including public transit info (one could use Google Maps but ...). With indoor mapping emerging, this iOS network can make it easier for arriving travellers to navigate to the right exit, not to mention departing travellers to get to the right gate. Imagine the increased appeal of public transit if free WiFi was available on all major undergrounds/subways and buses. All iDevices will be connected when the owners are on the go, either locally or traveling anywhere in the world - perhaps not quite a game-changer on the scale of iCloud but close, I surmise.
Google can match this (and they have tried something like this on a limited scale before, without OS restrictions). But are they willing to do so to do this on a large scale and end up helping primarily Samsung? Furthermore, their current returns from mobile do not justify such an investment. Samsung can afford this financially but I am not convinced they have proven themselves in providing "services" yet.
That's why I was trying to say, a bit less clearly before.
Edited by stelligent - 3/25/13 at 6:54am