Great Idea This is a great idea on Verizon's part, but I'd like to see more companys do this.
Especially in area's that I visit.
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What about the rest of the people in Manhattan ...providing free Wi-Fi to their DSL subscribers...
So if you are not a Verizon DSL subscriber you can't use their hot-spots at all?
Re: What about the rest of the people in Manhattan Correct.
Re: Churn? Customer's leaving their DSL service for other providers.
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Re: Wifi in Mangattan
said by eugine:Actually I used Verizon Wi-Fi on Wall St. about 2 weeks ago and my download speed was 650k. That's not too shabby considering it's free and I was able to log on to work using a VPN...
;)Not a bad idea first of all I live in Manhattan and on the 35th floor i catch there hotspots with my wireless network i have set up but the signal's are not that great i have drove around the city and found that majority of signals strength is not all that great. But keep it up Verison i tihnk its a great idea...
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New York, NY
Re: Wifi in Mangattan Not bad i would have thought 384 down or something small like that but 650 not bad at all ty for your post..
Great Idea But I have to wonder if WiFi is actually reducing their churn rate..... 2% has to be close to the error margins.
Re: Great Idea /me sits back and enjoys free internet access...
anyone know how they are securing it?
Belvedere Tiburon, CA
| One of the great statistical language problems.|
Does Verizon mean they've reduced their churn by 2% of the amount churned, or by 2% of the customer base? (If their normal churn [by month, quarter, or whatever] is 5%, then a 2% (of the base) reduction to 3% is significant. If, on the other hand, they've only reduced the churn by 2% of the churn (0.1% of the base) then it would be meaningless.
The underlying article quotes Verizon as saying that a 0.6% churn reduction would have paid for the service, so I suspect they are measuring as a % of the base.
Belvedere Tiburon, CA
My two cents on the future.... I'm betting this is the future of commercial Wi-Fi.
It will be a value-added part of some package, or an amenity that businesses provide the way they provide lights in their parking lot. While the primary and intended benefit is for the convenience of their customers, nobody stops a freeloader from dropping in and reading his map there, except in very crowded areas like major city downtowns.
VoIP--the death knell of remaining voice monopolies!
Another load-o-shit Hot spots might be ok for the City-Rats ,But Verizon has yet to provide basic DSL for my area. The 80% crap is a LIE since I live in a major metropolitan area where no dsl is planned.
Next time your at a Verizon board meeting,you should look under the table to see what their doing!
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It's worth it! Especially if you consider that if you want to sit in Starbucks and surf while you drink your $5.00 cup of coffee, you'll have to cough up another 20-30 clams a month no matter how long you use their service, or not.
People will pay for flexibility, not caps and restrictions. I've been down since day one -- You GO Verizon.
Re: It's worth it! Got to be a joke or I hope so.
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if they deploy more, ill bet they wont be free, ill tell ya what.
Re: Verizon? I get free wifi (SWB DSL) at my local mom and pops coffee shop, it keeps me coming back as a return customer:D
Bundled Services is the way I think this is the future of internet services. Instead of pricing each offering as a monolithic service, provide one price, one account and access from multiple service points, be it, DSL, Wi-Fi hotspot, dialup, or GPRS and egads, even cable? (hey Comcast!).
I see T-Mobile is moving to bundled pricing on their hotspot/GPRS services. I mean why pay 29.95 monthly for each service? It should be 29.95 for both together. Clearly a customer is not going surf both GPRS and Wi_Fi at the same time. It would be even better if I could roam directly from a GPRS network and walk into a hotspot zone and not lose a thing, just get more bandwidth.
Yeah, yeah, I know, its a back office billing problem. Would someone get the dang SAP systems to talk to each other!
Let customers build infrastructure How about if DSL providers gave each of their customers a router with wireless access point? Include software to authenticate users. Allow any subscriber to the DSL provider use any of these WAPs on a "space available" basis (subscriber whose line it is on would have priority). Further, multiple DSL subscribers in a neighborhood could share bandwidth through the wireless links. Your wireless card would find the WAPs on your providers DSL in your neighborhood and spread the load across multiple WAPs. Everyone gets faster service. And the customers build the hot spot infrastructure.