Great for the Cell Phone companies This is great for all those wireless carriers that block you from accessing competitive Internet applications from your iPhone, smartphone, etc. The phone uses someone elses network bandwidth instead of their 3G.
"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have" - Gerald Ford
It's not "free" It's included.
hey its monopolization time look at how canada is doing it and make $$$$$$$
screw the customer and if you htink we'll all be having cheaper internet this century THINK AGAIN
the real estate scamers are now YOUR internet providers
cant wait for the next chapter of the USA sucks worse
New York, NY
Ouch VZ Verizon better step up the plate lol. While I love FiOS, I think their wi-fi is lame (due to software) and not that many wi-fi spots at all around nyc.
reply to Bobcat79
Re: It's not "free" But since it is free, there will be no service credits if it doesn't work.
reply to glinc
Re: Ouch VZ You want lame? I'll show you lame. CV's coverage in my town: Zero (0) WiFi sites.
Makes a lot of sense from the cable co's. point of view
While it isn't 'free'....at least it's a customer friendly gesture and will help prevent attrition to competing wireless 3G services in a major urban market.
New York, NY
twc how would a twc customer go about getting a login for these wifi hotspots?
this is actually interesting these interconnected networks provide a seamless access...at least if you are a cablevision customer....you register your device with cablevision for instance and drive alone the coverage area (and quite surprisingly coverage is very good), and your internet does not disconnect/reconnect...it just works...in a moving car....so do we really need clear in new york anymore?
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reply to Bobcat79
Re: Ouch VZ
said by Bobcat79:Eh... also lame is that we have zero FiOS in my town, even though all the surrounding towns have it.
You want lame? I'll show you lame. CV's coverage in my town: Zero (0) WiFi sites.
reply to moonpuppy
Re: It's not "free" with it being free, does it actually have any value then?
sbcglobal.net speedtest result 11/11/09 - 5256kbps
reply to dennismurphy
Re: Ouch VZ Hey, we have a brand-new Fios store, but no Fios service.
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yonkers I can detect a cablevision, a comcast and a timewarner hotspot at my Dad's house in Yonkers. I doubt that CC and TW have set up their own infrastructure there, so it appears that this was unofficial policy in the past.
standard disclaimers apply.
said by AVD:It's all the same hot spot...just serving three separate SSID's. You had to connect to the right SSID for your cable provider in order to authenticate. The article implies that all authentication has now been unified.
I can detect a cablevision, a comcast and a timewarner hotspot at my Dad's house in Yonkers. I doubt that CC and TW have set up their own infrastructure there, so it appears that this was unofficial policy in the past.
reply to watice
said by watice:Just use the same user ID and password that you have for your TW Internet account (usually your email address and password). If you are a cable only subscriber (in other words, you don't subscribe to their high-speed Internet service), you don't get this feature.
how would a twc customer go about getting a login for these wifi hotspots?
S C R E W (*!*) C E L L P H O N E S bring on the portable WIFI devices that can do VOIP as well as other apps!
kudos if they actually get together & create an APP that let's consumers use their digital-voice lines from the portable to make & receive phone calls! time to run rings around the telcos.
College Point, NY
·Time Warner Cable
Yeah, bring it on. Value-added products - good for consumers We're 4 months away from ditching VZ, "promised" FIOS within 6-12 months three (3) years ago so settled for lowest tier 768/128 DSL on aging, ever-neglected copper wires since - got "boosted" to 1.0/384 services last year but got issues !! VZ Fios store - nearby - opened last year but still clueless about availability on our block. Thick cables pulled on primary streets & avenues at least 6 months ago & folks on the next 2 blocks and 6 to 8 blocks further to the north can order & actually got FIOS installed by the new "white" VZ van 2 or 3 months ago.
VZ's wifi and especially its software is a JOKE, and it's actually using Boingo & owned/acquired by AT&T wireless and I can simply use my Starbuck accounts to simplify access at the cafe & skip the VZ hotspot finder completely.
Now, with all 3 NYC cable providers joining together to spread wifi coverage and with VZW bringing on higher priced mandatory data fees for even non-smartphone devcies, we're ready to realize & pocket some serious savings on our VZW bills on the go - once we get to quadtriple our HSI speed at home. Why not, especially in this economic climate - where every dollar saved are counted (well, it certainly help to fill up that gas tank, price of regular is now back up to $3.15 a gallon for cash at local gasoline stations ....)
New Orleans, LA
There is bound to be some sort of catch Oh, you used our Wi-Fi the last 6 months? Here is a bill for $99.95 for which you owe us
Dont think of it as a bill, think of it as us giving you a "better experience" with the $99.95
reply to vlad1000
Re: this is actually interesting
said by vlad1000:Not in New Jersey.
quite surprisingly coverage is very good
Nice Don't really see any negatives here. Thats amazing.