Verizon Launches EV-DO Network
By Carlo Longino, Mon Sep 29 19:45:00 GMT 2003

Top US carrier Verizon Wireless will this week launch a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network, first in Washington, DC, and San Diego.

While it's not the first EV-DO network in the US (Monet Mobile's has been up and running for about a year in a handful of mid-sized midwestern cities), it is for now the fastest network offered by any of the major carriers.

Verizon is promising speeds of 300-500kbps, way below EV-DO's theoretical top speed of 2.4Mbps, but far above competing GPRS networks, or even Verizon's own CDMA 1xRTT network.

The carrier is also clearly aiming for the corporate market, pricing the service at $80 per month for unlimited use and requiring a $250 Sierra Wireless modem. Monet, on the other hand, charges half that, and its consumer equipment costs as little as $70 for a desktop PC or $90 for a laptop.

Monet seems to hit just about the right price point to convince people to give up the speed of their DSL or cable modem connections for the convenience of mobile coverage. But at $80 per month, Verizon might be asking too much, even for business users who won't have the high-speed coverage outside these two areas for a while.