By John Dodge
But my wait for local service shouldn’t be too long: Verizon Wireless is promising to 4G-ize its complete 3G national footprint by 2013. And it’s already in 60 major U.S. cities. T-Mobile and Sprint off 4G service too, but Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe reviewed all three and said Verizon Wireless is by far the fastest – at least in the greater Boston area.
Also, MetroPCS this week launched its $50 a month 4G service (look ma, no contract!) in the Boston area, offering it with one phone model. And that’s with an unlimited data plan when Verizon has capped data plans at $50 a month for 5 GB and $80 for 10 GB. After that at Verizon, you $10 per GB. Download a few 700MB movies and you it could be shelling out a lot.
Those prices and limitations are outrageous, in my opinion. The biggest impediment to fast broadband has nothing to do with technology. It’s price. Sometimes, I think Internet access is too important to be left to greedy corporations. AT&T, whose network coverage and reliability just scored dead last in January’s Consumer Reports, won’t have 4G until next year.
Verizon Wireless doesn’t have any phones yet, which is the chief reason to go for 4G and not the $100 thumbstick modem which is the only 4G device it offers at this point.