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Verizon gives 3G data users free Wi-Fi

updated 09:05 am EST, Tue December 15, 2009

Verizon Wi-Fi a bonus for broadband users

Verizon today pushed back against AT&T's command of free US Wi-Fi by offering its own Wi-Fi service. The service is considered an extension of the carrier's mobile broadband and gives free Wi-Fi to those who already use a data-only 3G devices such as a modem, a netbook or a MiFi hotspot. Verizon counts "thousands" of hotspots both in the US as well as in Canada and Mexico and considers it a more economical alternative to a roaming plan.

Access should be available effective today and needs the provider's VZAccess Manager 7.2 or better for either Mac OS X or Windows. Customers can subscribe either to a domestic mobile broadband plan or a GlobalAccess plan to qualify, with the most common domestic plan costing $60 per month for 5GB of 3G data.




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  1. gperks

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    They don't give it free to Mac users

    From their FAQ, http://support.vzw.com/clc/faqs/VZAccess/verizon_wifi.html and click Requirements and "Do I need additional software...":

    Verizon Wi-Fi service is not available on Mac OS.

    Thanks Verizon.

  1. gperks

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Though their data is available to Mac users

    While you can't get wifi through them, I can't understand why not. The software and their broadband cards are available to Mac users (I get it through my work). You can see this at http://www.vzam.net/ So why the Windows-only restriction?

  1. sshire

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    iPhone also out

    Since VZA access manager is not available as an iphone app :-), looks like it is also (along with Macs) from free wifi.
    Perhaps they haven't thought this through.(or maybe they did?)

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Re: They don't give it free

    Yes they do. You just can't use it with a Mac. But you still get it for free!

    But did you read other items on their site? Like "Locations", which state " We're available in all sorts of places". And then they tell you to simply "Once you're someplace, turn on your computer, plug in your access card, and see if we're available!", which is like Apple saying "The iPhone is available in all sorts of businesses and stores. When you want to buy an iPhone, walk into a store and ask the clerk if they sell the iPhone. If they say yes, you can then buy one!"

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: iPhone also out

    Why exactly would they make a VZA app for the iPhone, since the iPhone can't connect to their networks anyway?

    And why would someone with an iPhone also have a Verizon card to use for their computer? Oh, right, no tethering with the iPhone - oooh, maybe once ATT gets their act together, it will become available. Say in 2012, right before the world comes to a horrible cataclysmic end.

  1. Jazzbeau

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    This hurts Verizon more than me

    The real reason Verizon is doing this is to move bandwidth off their cell network onto Barnes & Noble's wifi connections.

    The Verizon data plans include unlimited usage.

    So the way for Mac users to get even is to keep your notebook logged in to the Verizon network all the time.

    If 3% of AT&T users can bring down their network, a bunch of Mac users should be able to get Verizon's attention.

    Mac users of the world unite!

  1. sshire

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    iPhone and mifi

    There are a few reasons why you would use a MiFi with an iPhone.
    1. Faster than 3G in "spotty" connection areas.
    2. Slingplayer
    3. Areas with no ATT service (most of Vermont)

    The "free" wifi would be useful because I wouldn't be using my MiFi data allotment.
    The MacBook benefits from the same reasons.

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