USING A HIGH-SPEED
Would you sacrifice a few meals each month
for wireless networking away from home?
By Brian Jepson
Photography by Brian Jepson
Back when I was still tethering my computers
to a router, I pulled out a really long 10Base T
cable whenever I wanted to use my laptop in the
living room. Around the same time that I started
sniffing around catalogs for Wi-Fi equipment, I
discovered that Verizon Wireless was offering
CDPD (Cellular Digital Packet Data). It was cheap
— $40 a month for unlimited data; but it was
slow — 19.2Kbps (kilobits per second).
It wasn’t long before I gave in and spent the
money on a home Wi-Fi network. But I kept the
CDPD because it offered internet access any-
where I could get a cellular signal. It’s been years
since Verizon Wireless offered CDPD, and I’ve
graduated to faster experiences: first GPRS, then
EDGE, and now something called 1xRTT/1xEV-DO
(all described below).
Here’s a rundown of
all the data services
I’ve tested and who
offers them. I’ve used
For EV-DO, I use Verizon
with the Audiovox
PC5220 PC Card.