If you have a 3G mobile internet connection (maybe on your phone or laptop), then you can connect to The Charity Cloud and access all your services just as you would from the office or home. 3G is generally available on all modern mobile phones (and certainly on all smart phones, such as iPhones and Android) and will allow you to log in to the Cloud services either directly (through an application installed on the phone), or through a website brought up on the phone. You may even have a 3G modem built in to your laptop or tablet device, which will give you access from a much larger screen.
If you are using Cloud VoIP, you can download a free or inexpensive application for your smart phone that will allow you to log on to your office telephone extension. This turns your 3G mobile phone into your office extension, meaning you can make and receive calls just as you would in the office, and any calls you make will appear on your office bill, not your mobile.
So, you can access everything you need to on your phone, laptop or mobile tablet. Great! But then the worst happens – you leave it on the bus… With Cloud Computing you don’t need to worry about the security of your data, as it all lives in the Cloud. There doesn’t need to be anything on your mobile device that you don’t want to be, so all you need to do is speak to your mobile phone provider to get your phone cancelled. On some phones and devices you can even get them remotely wiped, but this depends very much on what you have and how it’s been set up.
However, there are times when you won’t be able to access a 3G signal and so won’t be able to get on the Internet. Clearly, this will have an implication on what you will be able to get to, as your Cloud Desktop, Cloud Exchange and Cloud VoIP services all require Internet access. However, all is not lost. If you know you will need access to certain files whilst potentially being out of range of a 3G or wifi hotspot, you could set up a synchronisation service account with something like DropBox. This is free and can be installed on your Cloud Desktop and on your laptop (or even iPhone or iPad). You can then save the files you know you will need to the DropBox folder, and DropBox will automatically synchronise them up to the cloud, and then down to a similar folder on your laptop (or wherever else you have set up the DropBox account). You can then work on the files offline and save them back to the DropBox folder on the laptop. As soon as the laptop detects an internet connection, DropBox will see the file changes and upload the changed files to the cloud, and then to your cloud desktop. This means that you can work on files whilst on the train (and going in and out of 3G reception), and be confident that, provided the laptop can get on to the internet to upload the changed files at some point, your files will be available on your Cloud Desktop when you next log on.