Verizon Killing Successful WiFi Program

from the that's-odd... dept

Mixed in with various announcements from Verizon today was the little noticed news that they're going to phase out their WiFi offering in New York City in favor of increasing the 3G EV-DO wireless broadband offering from Verizon Wireless. This doesn't make very much sense at all. The two services don't really compete. The WiFi was offered free to subscribers of Verizon DSL as a way to take that connection around the city with them -- and it had been described as a success in that it reduced churn more than enough to pay for the program. EV-DO is a useful offering, but it still costs quite a bit, and isn't suitable as a DSL replacement. It sounds like the decision to do this was done from the incorrect belief that WiFi somehow competes with EV-DO when it really doesn't in most cases.

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    cdixon, 28 Apr 2005 @ 7:48am

    Re: How are they NOT competing?

    I really don't understand why people are so in favor of Wifi. Have you actually tried EVDO from Verizon? I have a their EVDO card and live in NY. It is awesome. It is so good I would get rid of my DSL at home if I lived alone. I use it on the train from NY to Boston all the time and lose reception only for a few minutes the whole ride. I use the thing everywhere and it bascially always works. Wifi in public places is a giant pain. You have to find them and connect to them etc. Many of them such as in the airports try to charge you $10 per session. EVDO (and FLASH OFDM etc) is a far better technology for roaming. If you want the government to subsidize wireless I'm fine with that, but they should be supporting the right technology for the right job. Wifi is for in the home or office and that's it.

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