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Bowing to the inevitable, Verizon Wireless lets users access EVDO via certain phones: This PC Magazine article notes the LG VX9800 (an overfeatured but interesting phone I reviewed last year), the Motorola RAZR V3c, Motorola E815, and LG VX8100 can be used as 3G modems with a USB cable. The article notes that Verizon has ostensibly stilled disabled the Bluetooth dial-up networking (DUN) feature, but there are hacks to make it work.
Unlimited usage is $60 per month, not as Verizon says in this article, “in addition to their voice plans,” but rather only if a two-year commitment to EVDO service is made in addition to their voice plan. Quite a difference—nearly $240 per year if you choose to keep your options open. (The article also says EVDO average 700 Kbps; more like peak. The rates I’ve seen in most tests are 200 to 400 Kbps with much higher consistent rates on occasion.)
Sprint Nextel has been offering EVDO for weeks in tethered and PC Card options, which has put the pressure on Verizon for parity.
Posted by Glennf at February 2, 2006 2:09 PM
300-400 kbps is average w/the PC 5740 card.
I traded up to the Kyocera KPC650 and now get the much ballyhooed 700-800 rates. It cost me an extra $150, but for $60/mo anyways, it's worth it.
Posted by: BH at February 22, 2006 9:51 PM