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July 26, 2015

EVDO VS. WiMax. A New Play By David Mamet

The battle of wireless will be settled by the great equalizer, pricing and coverage. Wireless companies should be shaking in their boots. Not that I think WiMax is that great or can compete with cellular networks, it's great because wireless provides are not free to set rates as they please without any other competition. Competition is good, it's democratic and damn it, its American!

The magic number should be about $20/mo for broadband service to be realistic for a broad audience. Any more than that and it's a luxury item and people will shy away. T-Mobile is offering unlimited broadband through their phones / connection cards for $20 RIGHT NOW people! I've been using it for about a month and so far it's been a real winner. It's not quick but they promise a jump to EDGE very soon. The current speed is faster than dialup and slower than ISDN, perfect for IM, email, and a little browsing. Thanks Catherine Zeta Jones Douglas, you're the best!

If the pink logoed T-Mobile is already there at $20, what is the value proposition from the other carriers? Coverage? that's possible but T-Mobile has pretty good coverage. Speed? T-Mobile is upgrading to >1Mb/sec. Sprint, Verizon and Cingular need to get their pricing together or they will be left in the digital dust.

What does this mean for in-car computers? Right now you can get a T-Mobile connection card for about $100 and a solid connection for $20 a month. No more Wardriving, always-on Internet. Are we there yet? pretty damn close, kids, pretty damn close.

Posted by Lionel Felix at July 26, 2015 09:57 AM

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