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BYOB: Bring Your Own Broadband

For the last four days I’ve been using a Verizon wireless card, and a Cingular wireless card with my PC.  Both of these are available for $99 with a 2 year contract,  and with unlimited data for $79/month.  We bought them because it’s been a huge hassle for iotum to do a demo in most corporate settings.  Most corporations don’t have an open network for you to plug into.

They rock!  With Verizon I am getting well over 1 megabit speeds.  Cingular claims as high as 1.8 megabit.  No matter how you cut it, that’s broadband or more.

So, why two?  Well, I am sitting in a hotel room right now where Cingular has no data coverage.  Verizon’s coverage is excellent.  However, for the past three days the majority of my demos have been given in an environment where Verizon has no coverage, and Cingular does.  Until we get to a nationwide 3G deployment, from at least one carrier, it will be like this. 

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  • Kevin Mahler January 20, 2006, 6:31 pm

    Alec, both Verizon and Cingular have reduced the unlimited rate to $59 which makes it a great bargain. If only my iBook had a PC-Card slot. I have a phone with Verizon that supports EVDO and the service is great but the phone I have is the pits. The VX-6600 has lots of problems. Sony is releasing a new version of my favorite phone in Q106 the Sony Ericsson P990 that will support HSPDA (Cingular’s high speed service) and WiFi. Hopefully it will act as a router/proxy so I can hop on HSPDA and us WiFi from my laptop to the phone.

  • Dean March 23, 2006, 5:02 pm

    Does anybody know which cities hspda are being tested?

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