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), 29 Apr 2005 @ 6:57am

    Re: What about the rest of the country

    Yeah, I'm not saying the EV-DO service isn't great.

    So far, it seems like an exceptional service. You're missing the point however. There's no reason they can't keep expanding the EV-DO and keep the free WiFi going at the same time.

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