Verizon Launches Wi-Fi Hot Spots
Certainly are a lot of wireless stories today. The latest is that, as was rumored last week, Verizon is launching hotspots via their payphones all over New York City. Certainly makes sense. They have the property and the bandwidth (in many cases), and they're not getting as much use as they used to - so you might as well do something with them. Now, the interesting thing is how they're offering the service. It's free... if you're a Verizon Internet customer. I like this approach. They see it as an extension of their existing internet service, that lets their users be mobile. In other words, WiFi is really an added value promotional item for their service. This is what WiFi should be. Additional value for something else you're getting - and not an end-product by itself. I know that if I were (a) in New York and (b) had Verizon as a choice of high speed ISPs, this would make me a lot more interested in signing up. Update: I guess it shouldn't be a huge surprise to find out that other phone companies are thinking about the same thing.