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Sprint Matches Verizon's EVDO Price Drop
$60 unlimited if you're a mobile phone user
by Karl Bode 11:13AM Tuesday Sep 06 2005
Last week Verizon announced that they had lowered the price of their unlimited EVDO wireless broadband service to $60, provided you were a Verizon wireless phone subscriber. Though Sprint is still trying to deploy service, they've apparently matched the price drop, notes the Kansas City Star. Like with the Verizon price-drop, you only get the $60 deal if you're a Sprint wireless phone user.

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B
Premium,MVM
join:2000-10-28

Highway Robbery


It's a ridiculous price point.

Verizon Wireless customers with an EVDO phone pay "only" $45, but that's equally ridiculous for sporadic web browsing and e-mail for a phone.

Unfortunately, to keep Verizon's superior cell coverage in a "converged" device, that's the insane price Verizon gets away with charging (and for even simpler BlackBerry use too!).

-- B
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In a realm outside causality and function
Kash76

join:2003-09-08
Burnsville, MN

Re: Highway Robbery

With my 25% discount $45 is pretty sweet!
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Kash76

yuniverse

join:2000-07-14
Federal Way, WA
But i would think for some people who needs internet connection(500Kbps/100Kbps) on their laptop anywhere their verizon or sprint wireless phone is serviceable, this would be a good deal.

Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:42

Re: Highway Robbery

Particularly if their company is paying for it.
B
Premium,MVM
join:2000-10-28

Re: Highway Robbery

Well, exactly. If it were entirely out of pocket, I couldn't see ordinary business users, let alone personal users, even think about jumping on EVDO at these levels. $20 is the right number.

And the $45/$60 is on top of VZW's fantastically high voice plan charges too.

By the way, from what I've read VZW is more than willing to crack down on those who dare to use their phones as modems on the $45 plan. With the limited EVDO coverage (and user base) I've seen, it seems awfully premature. But when it works it's indeed awesome.

-- B
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In a realm outside causality and function

roamer1
sticking it out at you

join:2001-03-24
Atlanta, GA
said by B:

Verizon Wireless customers with an EVDO phone pay "only" $45, but that's equally ridiculous for sporadic web browsing and e-mail for a phone.

Unfortunately, to keep Verizon's superior cell coverage in a "converged" device, that's the insane price Verizon gets away with charging (and for even simpler BlackBerry use too!).
I agree that VZW and Cingular (who is still charging $80/mo for EDGE!!!) gouge PDA users.

Most of the Treo and BB users I know are on SPCS and T-Mobile (I'm on the latter), and the few that are on Cingular are considering switching to T-Mobile No one I know dares use a PDA on VZW because of the gigantic gaps in their data coverage...

-SC
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"it seems like all you ever buy is Abercrombie and cell phones" --a friend
ronmax8

join:2001-02-07
Clarksburg, MD

there is a way to get it for $20 per month

it's $45 a month unless you have one of the new Max plans, i paid $149 for 4000 min and only $20 per month for unlimeted ev-do data. got a $10 usb data cable on ebay plug the cable into the phone and laptop and use the phone as a modem. The only downside is you can't use the phone while you using it as a modem.

nondairy

@ny325.fios.verizon.n

EVDO,DATA

Anyone ever heard of WIFI... most access points are
WIDE-OPEN!! Why on earth would you pay $45-60, when your most likely getting bombarded with 2.4ghz wireless a,b,c signals practically screaming "FREE INTERNET HERE!"

Now, my gripe with cell phone companies..
why not unlimited text messaging/email for $5 or free with plans of a certain value or higher (say $49.99).
Why not?!? Because your a bunch of greedy bastages.. thats why..

mobile internet

@comcast.net

Re: EVDO,DATA

Well I'm one of those users of such a service, although I go through Nextel (I HATE THE SPRINT TAKEOVER), and I pay for this service out of pocket. Why, might you ask? Because this enables me to do my work as it should be done... researching my work and e-mailing completed field reports back to the office while I'm driving to the next site. This makes workflow about 20% more productive. So until either Clearwire (or equivalent) or some new-highly-funded WiMax carrier provides a better blanket of coverage for mobile full internet access, I will tolerate (and appreciate) the effort put forth to give me 56k speed (none of them stay above 56k while in motion) net access anywhere I want/need it.

P.S. My service with Nextel is $54.95/month and this includes Free HotSpot access also, which means I not only have Free Wifi Access -- but I also can sit inside a Starbucks and not get gouged 1$/hr @ 1 hour minimums by T-Mobile or those hundred other HotSpot providers.
smurfettegre

join:2005-06-12
Patterson, LA

Re: EVDO,DATA

said by mobile internet :

Well I'm one of those users o.

so i have to ask,, how do you maintain a signal? and have u had your speed upload and down load checked out.

I just purchased mine yesterday and set it up and slow, slow, slow, and signal comes and goes.
did u have problems at the beginning with yours. mine is nextel wifi.

thanks
s