Verizon Wireless Launches More EV-DO Regions

Last week, Mike covered the launch of Verizon EV-DO in Seattle, Portland, Richmond, and San Antonio, this week, it’s the San Francisco Bay Area, NYC, and the Jersey Shore that will be able to get high-speed cellular Internet. EV-DO has speeds of 400 – 700 Kbps in the real world, allows for high-speed laptop work, or mobile video to phones. While VZW has traditionally used a staggered roll-out for its networks and services, rival SprintPCS has traditionally favored synchronous national roll-outs, promising 39 regions to launch sometime around now. But it looks to me like Verizon’s strategy will get it much more press, and an earlier stab at the market (while Sprint gets the traditional benefits of a fast-follower: lower costs, less risk.) Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless’ online EV-DO coverage map seems to understate their locations – at least as of today.

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