I had a friend ask how much it would cost to get some data from Verizon Wireless so he could turn his VW phone into a hotspot. After speaking with them it turns out that for $120 a month, you can get unlimited calling, texting, and 10 GB of data! AT&T charges $50 for 5 GB, so this is twice the amount of data for the same price. What a deal!
So he did that and he said that for the most part, around the city of New York and surrounding states it works well. He travels to visit family in other states. He is thrilled at not having to carry a Mifi around and being able to just use his iPhone for this. I wonder if MiFi makers are scared when Apple gets faster cellular technology. I wonder if Apple will buy Mifi manufactures to gain technology?
I have learned that if you spend the time looking at your options, you have some great options in life to get what you want at a reasonable price. I’m not thrilled that a wired connection is $50 for an unlimited bandwidth, but when you consider many people just do email and light surfing, it’s not unreasonable. One day we won’t have data limits, and providers will compete on price and service. Won’t that be the day for Comcast customers!
Of course neither AT&T or Verizon respect privacy, have good customer service or deserve the money but they are probably the most reliable phone providers available. If only there were co-op utilities and services and we could choose from them instead of corporate interests. Maybe one day. Then they will be committed to providing a good value for our money rather than helping the CEO buy an airplane.