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3G EVDO Here I Come!!!

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I took the plunge.  I signed on the dotted line.  I’m locked for a year.  I’ll have high speed wireless wherever I go in my territory.  Now I need to get my boss to pay for it.  No problem, he’s easy.  Actually, it should be a no brainer.  I bet I spent more on WIFI hot spot charges last year. 

Now you might be thinking, gee Keith, what kind of speeds are your really going to get?  Heck I don’t know!!!  Here’s the quote from my provider at their website:

High Speed
Verizon Wireless BroadbandAccess is one of the fastest, fully mobile wireless Internet data solutions available. Quickly download complex files and view email attachments at typical speeds of 400-700 kbps, capable of reaching speeds up to 2 Mbps^. Access your mission-critical data and applications behind the corporate firewall and get the answers you need with customers in the field right there. ***

We’ll see what the real speeds are.  I doubt I’ll ever hit 2meg speeds.  From my research, it appears many of the 3G cell towers only have a T1 and considering that is shared bandwidth, I’ll likely never hit 1.5meg.  I’ll be happy with something close.

I’ll have an entire year to test this.  That’s my contract term.  I really didn’t want to sign up for a whole year but if the service doesn’t work as advertised, I’ll bail out and either eat the early term penalty ($150) or haggle with my provider over it. 

You might be wondering what I’m paying… well, fortunately we get a corporate discount although it isn’t a steep discount.  One of my colleagues tried to tell me it was $20 per month.  Unfortunately he was wrong.  That would be a killer price.  Some day we’ll all have cheap wireless internet access wherever we go. 

 

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