Verizon's So Called "3G" Launch
from the speed-is-expensive dept
The rumors are true, Verizon is launching its CDMA 1xRTT data network in select markets in the US today. The service costs $30 per month in addition to a voice plan and data minutes are deducted from the same bucket as voice minutes. So even though 1xRTT is packet-switched, Verizon is charging by the minute. This is probably easier to explain to customers and easier on their billing system. But it limits the service to be used as an expensive dial-up alternative. It'll be fine for downloading email and checking out a couple of web pages (if the network lives up to the speed claims), but it won't be very cost effective for staying online at the cafe with AIM running. I think I'll wait till then. Update: This article has some more info on the rollout and idicates that eventually Verizon wil offer data-only plans and the kilobyte based billing.