Wireless

by Mike Masnick




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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    Mike (profile), 28 Apr 2005 @ 12:08pm

    Re: How are they NOT competing?

    The problem with EV-DO is that it just doesn't have the capacity to handle people doing that much traffic through it -- which is why it's so expensive. They're simply not set up to have it used that widely. That's why they're also threatening to block applications like VoIP and BitTorrent in the terms of service -- because they know it will wipe out their capacity.

    *That's* why it's not a DSL replacement, and won't be for some time.

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