EarthLink Launches High-Speed Wireless Access Service

Earthlink is dipping their toes into the water of wireless, as they start offering a 1x connection for people who absolutely need to connect via their laptops from anywhere that doesn’t have access to a WiFi hotsport or dialup access. Of course, since they seem to know they’re targeting desperate people, they’re pricing it insanely. They make the two big mistakes: high prices and per byte pricing. It’s $25/month, and for that you only get 5MB of data transfer. On a laptop, of course, surfing the web (even at slower rates) you can use that up pretty quickly. People surfing the web don’t want to think about how many bytes they’re downloading each time they click open a website. I’m guessing this is more of a test, and they’ll refine the offer over time.

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