Dodge Retort: To 4G or not to 4G


By John Dodge

For now, my 4G decision is easy because Verizon has already made it for me. It’s way too expensive and I have to wait because the service in the Boston area stops a few towns away from me.

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.

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3 thoughts on “Dodge Retort: To 4G or not to 4G”

  1. sure nice to see that some people are lucky to have 3g or 4g broadband acces we here on texada island bc canada only have high speed wind and that ll create a lot of misery and ofcourse highspeed modem @49.2 kbps is slooooooooooooooow but looking forward to get FIBREOPTIC??? MERRY XMASS

  2. I agree completely. In our area a company call Open Range is providing Unlimited 4g service for $40.00 per month, I think $60.00 with phone service, which is a no brainer. Getting it from any cell phone provider around here would be way to expensive.

  3. GREAT report, John! Thanks! Thanks for sharing this… All you guys seem to write excellent articles here. They’re always very well written and in terms most computer users can easily understand.
    I have only one issue here though, and don’t know if you’re aware of it or not… the Facebook Permalink on all the pages I’ve tried to share on FB don’t seem to be working. Might wanna check on that…

    Thanks again,

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