Verizon Wireless uses a technology called EV-DO (evolution data only), which basically uses the existing cellphone network to distribute its Internet connection. This technology is relatively new and while it is faster than traditional dial-up connections (the slowest, cheapest option for Internet, known for tying up the phone line), it is still slower than DSL or cable Internet (the faster connections usually labeled “High Speed”). Here’s what you need to know about this new technology:
EV-DO originally cost $79.99 per month and now costs $59.99 per month. The two main disadvantages are the following:
1) You need existing cell phone service through Verizon to be eligible for this Internet connection.
2) Even at $59.99 per month, it is still pricier than most high speed connections.
Even with these disadvantages, some consumers may still opt for this new service because of the following:
1) The idea behind this technology is that it allows consumers to get service anywhere a cellphone signal is available. This coverage is much wider than any other Internet technology currently available and is thus extremely attractive to the traveler. Think of the possibilities if your laptop computer has Internet anywhere your cellphone has a signal.
2) Currently Verizon Wireless covers about one-third of the U.S. population with this technology. And although both Sprint and Cingular offer similar services, Verizon is by far the least expensive solution with their new price cut.