Verizon Bails On EV-DO Network

Verizon announced a potential blow to Qualcomm today when they said they’re putting off implementing an EV-DO high speed wireless network for an undetermined amount of time. They say they’re going to focus on their recently launched 2.5G network instead, saying that consumers haven’t shown a willingness to make use of higher speed wireless data networks. They’re missing the point. Users have shown a tremendous willingness to make use of higher speed wireless data networks – just look at WiFi. Dumping 3G plans now because no one buys into your poorly marketed, poorly priced 2.5G plans isn’t getting at the real problem. Whereas an EV-DO network had the potential to offer something consumers really want, now they’ll be stuck trying to count the bytes on the 1xRTT network that doesn’t have very many compelling apps.

Filed Under:

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...