What is different about this than the service VerizonWireless (and other cell providers) have been offering for several years? My laptop came with a card in it to connect to Sprint's network for Internet access. I've never tried to use it, but I assume it works in areas where Sprint is available. I also suppose it is ridiculously expensive to use the service. (The reason that's in my laptop is because I bought a refurb and that component just happened to be in it.)
Used to be, in fact, until a year or so ago, you could use any VerizonWireless phone as a modem (if you had a USB cable or BlueTooth to connect to your computer) and connect to their VZW data service for "free" (i.e., only regular per minute charges, which, with my plan, after 9 p.m., was totally free). They didn't publicize the fact that you could do this, and then, finally, disabled the ability to do it. In fact, they disabled the modem capability of all of their phones so you can't even dial up your own ISP anymore. Even though this wouldn't cost them anymore than your using the phone for voice. They want to sell that expensive data service.
As for Verizon offering fiber to the home, I'd doubt that's available in Vermont. And with the FairPoint deal about to happen, I suppose it won't be at all.
>>> On 2/8/2008 at 11:10 AM, Bjorn Behrendt <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> My dad who has been on dialup until this week, because no broadband was
> available, just signed up for broadband through verizonwireless. It is
> really cool, now any place he can get a cell phone signal (which is quite
> spotty in vt) He can get internet access. He has a boat on Lake Champlain,
> and with this unit he can get broadband on his boat in the middle of the
> I couldn't find much info on the website, according to my dad they have only
> been offering it for 6months. I think the following link is the information
> on what he got:
> The service uses a USB720 usb modem. It is about the size of a cell phone
> and plugs into a usb port. From what I can tell it works like the old dial
> up modem but dials into a cell signal.
> I also noticed that Verizon (not wireless) is now offering fiber into your
> homes: http://www22.verizon.com/content/ConsumerFios