Nationwide EV-DO Is Go For Verizon Wireless
from the now-we-need-some-competition dept
Good news for those of you who want real wide area, high speed wireless internet access. Verizon Wireless, who has been testing out their EV-DO broadband wireless data in San Diego and Washington DC say that they’re going to spend a billion dollars to offer it nationwide. The service is designed to give users downstream speeds of 300-500 kbps on a regular basis – though, upstream speeds are reported to be quite sluggish. This other report states that they’re going to stick with their current pricing plan and charge $80/month for the service – which is a bit high. However, they’re looking for the early adopter business users who won’t mind paying that much. This is, of course, a similar strategy to the one that destroyed Metricom, but Verizon Wireless certainly has a lot more cash, and can (and should) adjust pricing as they go. While this should give Verizon Wireless the lead in true high speed wide area wireless broadband, it will be interesting to see how the other carriers react. If anything, it may force AT&T Wireless to drop the prices on their nationwide EDGE service (which is available now, also at $80/month – and advertises average speeds of 100 to 130 kilobits per second).