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Verizon Wireless Considering Netbooks

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Mar 27, 2009, 7:26 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

According to sources familiar with Verizon Wireless's plans, the company plans to begin selling netbooks. According to Bloomberg's sources, Verizon is looking at models from more than one netbook manufacturer, and may offer them for sale as soon as next quarter. Pricing and plan options were not revealed, though Verizon expects that such devices will be used for wireless data services, and not voice. AT&T recently began selling a subsidized netbook for $99 along with a monthly data contract.

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Mar 27, 2009, 10:06 AM

this is great, except...

... that Verizon, like most providers, caps their data services at 5GB per month. That's hard to go over when using a smartphone, but on a netbook, it could easily be done. Now, if they were to adopt Alltel's TRULY unlimited data policy, then it would be choice! Wink
Even without P2P use, TV watching and Netflix online, my avg use is around 20something GB a month, doing work mostly.

Point is, it is very easy to go over the 5GB limit on a XP/Linux machine, so Verizon should openly state it's 5GB limit instead of...
the plans they offer with their broadband usb sticks is either [50MB for $40 or 5GB for $60]

So I was partially wrong about the unlimited claim [they still advertise it on TV].

But seriously, 50MB for $40? Damn. All i can say is WTF? I mean, rea...
As long as the netbooks default to wifi or LAN first before going on VZW's network, things should be fine
It's unlimited for mobile web on the actual phone, but when you tether you only get 5GB max.
Perhaps a good transition into LTE?
Nobody can explain how it is a webpage such as Phone Scoop looks EXACTLY the SAME on my Nokia N95 using Opera Mini 4.1 as it does on my laptop.
But supposedly uses more data on a laptop, again, the webpage looks exactly the same, not just Phone Sc...

Mar 27, 2009, 6:03 PM

My Biggest Bitch with this.

Be it VZW, AT&T no matter, my biggest bitch is you're stuck in a two year contract with the same netbook, sure they're nice for what they are. But for two years? Data cards/usb's are either free or cheap on contract.

I think one would be much better off to pick the carrier of your choice, get a card or usb device and just use it on what you want. Too much can go wrong, and what do you do then? Spend full rate on a new data device, or pay an ETF fee.
Buy the netbook outright then. You can get one for sub 400 anyway. Then just get a card. No one is forcing you to sign a contract to get the device. The only time that happens anymore are for certain high demand devices to try and keep aftermarket ...

Mar 27, 2009, 12:45 PM

Spreading too thin...

Okay, let me start off with, I am not a Verizon hater. Verizon is an awesome company with pretty damn good service.

What kind of bothers me though is that they may be taking on entirely too much...maybe. I know AT&T has a lot of different divisions as well. But I am almost thinking about companies like eBay that took on way too much and took over way too many companies. Now, eBay isn't going as great as it used to. Netbooks are great, but what do they really have to do with the cellular industry?

I guess the argument is, put those aircards in and make them internal. All of a sudden, you don't need a hotspot. But then again, that leads to not only dealing with cell phones, which can be complicated as it is, but also computers to deal w...

Mar 27, 2009, 9:35 AM

Makes a lot of sense

Considering a lot of Netbooks are cheaper than phones at retail pricing
Less proprietary software and hardware tends to make things cheaper.
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