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Verizon planning huge EV-DO rollout next week

Peter Rojas
Verizon EV-DO card

Just as we suspected, Verizon Wireless is planning a massive nationwide rollout of their high-speed EV-DO service on Monday next week in the following cities: Atlanta; Austin; Baltimore; Kansas City, KS/MO; Los Angeles; Miami/Fort Lauderdale, FL; Milwaukee; New York; Philadelphia; Tampa, FL; and West Palm Beach, FL. There are also plans to add EV-DO to at least 20 airports around the country. This means you'll be able to get a pleasant 384Kbps wireless connection (which is more or less like having slow DSL) in a helluva lot more places than you used to be able to (until now you could only get it in D.C., San Diego, and Las Vegas), but there is a big catch: at the moment there aren't any phones to use it with, so the service is only available in the form of a wireless laptop card, and even that costs a full $80 a month. But then again, you won't have to hunt for a WiFi hotspot quite as often.

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