Check into the service in your area. They can pull up a map to see if your area has been upgraded to the fastest service. I was told the speed would be there but after signing a 2 year contract, found out it wasn't. Customer service was terrible when I called. Not enough upfront "correct" information when I purchased. Also keeps dropping service in our area.
It's so worth $60 a month!
OK so here's the deal, my husband is a beekeeper so we travel between ND and TX. While in ND we have fiber optics at the fastest speed possible and it's absolutely wonderful but when we get down to TX we are stuck with the slowest dial-up...28(whatchamacallits) if we are lucky!
This year I convinced my husband to just give this thing a try. I was told that where ever you get phone service from your Verizon phones this too will get a signal. And it does, and it works great...well not as great as my ND fiber optics but I'm so happy with the faster Internet connection down here I'm noting going to complain.
Also some great news...people who steal your Internet through the wireless stuff can't do it with this. We have a hired man that lives on the same property down here, he has the iPod touch with Internet capabilities, he was very upset to find out that he can't just stand by our house and connect to the Internet like he did with some of the people up in ND who have the wireless set up. That makes me feel better already!
Works where I live in the country. Not great though.
Out where I live there isn't DSL available. We were on dial up but was tired of the slowness. I bought a laptop and figured I'd get broadband from Verizon since we have our phones there too. The price kinda shocked me and the 2 year contract was worse. It works great in the city or anywhere you have atleast 3 bars. Where I live I'm lucky to get one bar. On a good day I get spotty 2 bars. The signal constantly goes in and out between just a flashy dot and one bar. While I don't have great signal at my house it is faster than dial up still. I can't watch any videos because signal isn't great out here. I have my internet on constantly and have never went over my 5GB limit a month. I take my computer with me to town if I want to download music because out here it takes forever.
Good, reliable internet access almost anywhere.
The Verizon Wireless Broadband is a good way to have internet access almost anywhere you can get a mobile phone signal. It is faster in urban areas, but I have been able to check e-mail in some fairly remote areas. The speed, condiered broadband, is not as fast as Cable or DSL, but a big jump from dialup.
Better than Dial-Up
When I was living in an apartment, DSL was available. When I moved to my house, only dial up was available. It was extremely difficult to go from fast to extremely slow. I lived in my house for 3 years before DSL became available in my area. I was so excited. Then I discovered that I live 1,000 feet to far from a router. I spoke with the phone people about getting DSL in my area and the answer was not in the near future. I went door to door in my area and got 87 families to sign a list stating that they would use DSL if it was available int he area. The phone company just ignore me now. I tried to get Cable internet, but again, I lived too far,but only by 50 feet. I could now choose between satelite & broadband. I decided to go with Verizon for several reasons. Satelite was twice as expensive, slower, and had a lower limit by half. I have had Verizon Broadband for 3 months and am happy with it. I still wish that I could have DSL (faster & cheaper), but broadband is acceptable. It easy to use, but just not as fast as DSL.
Wi-Fi? Hey! I got your Wi-Fi right here!
Remember a few years back when Wi-Fi was starting to roll-out? The way they were talking, Wi-Fi was going to go from isolated oases (hot spots) of wireless connectivity to virtually coast to **coast **ubiquitous connectivity in as little as 5 years. The idea that you could connect to the Internet from virtually anywhere was sweet.
**Five Years Later**
Sure, if you're waiting for your JetBlue flight you'll find a connection. Or, if you're enjoying your designer coffee-like beverage at Starbucks, likewise. And, the hotel you're going to check into probably offers Wi-Fi. But, we're a long way away from a connect from anywhere scenario.
Some smaller cities have experimented with and even rolled out city-wide Wi-Fi, but still we're just not there.
When I take my daughter to tennis practice, there's no Wi-Fi there. The beach? Nope. Fortunately for us Internet junkies there is an alternative.
**Verizon Wireless Broadband**
For the sum of $59.99 a month, just 2 bucks a day you can connect from virtually anywhere. Pretty much, wherever you can find Verizon cell phone service (and even in some places you can't) you'll be able to connect to the Internet. Using either a PC Card or USB Wireless Broadband Modem you're on the Internet in a mouse-click. You'll be happy to learn that Verizon is going to give you the modem free. Cool beans!
Verizon promises download speeds of between 600kbs to 1.5Mbs or roughly the same as basic vanilla DSL service. When I speed-test my connection (using speakeasy.net) I generally find I'm in the 1.5Mbs - 2.2Mbs range. Not bad. It's not as fast as my home DSL Extreme connection (6Mbs), but for my mobile Internet needs, it's excellent. Remember I'm probably not likely to be downloading massive video files while on the move.
Recently, as ATT has been upgrading telephone service in my area there have been periods of phone (and DSL) outages. Switching over to my Verizon Wireless Broadband, I could barely discern a difference in practical performance.
If you need ( or just really want) Internet service on demand, this is almost a complete no-brainer. Sure, an extra $60 a month isn't trivial, but from what I read, plenty of you nut-jobs are buying LUSH soaps for $7.95 a bar only to see them disappear in a couple of showers or baths. I say, if you can justify the LUSH, Verizon Wireless Broadband is going to be a cakewalk! But then, that's just my opinion, your mileage may vary.