The EVDO Road Warrior

Jeff Pulver posts on his EVDO lifestyle and his recent use of the service. I couldn't agree with him more. I'm done with WiFi, this is truly a fabulous utility. From working online in the back of a moving car to being online in any office I'm in to sitting in Central Park with a connection or waiting at the airport - this just kicks ass. I played with the service in DC when it was first launched and, since then, the throughput has increased significantly. Bandwidth has been better than that dismal DSL service I have at home; and I'm thinking about ditching it all together.

Jeff brings up some applications such as a myriad of presence based services that could be offered, but I see the immediate benefit in communication & collaboration utilities for the always-on road warrior.
  • Imagine a sales guy who can demo his ASP product to a potential customer without having to set up any network connections;
  • Or, an investor who can participate in a Board meeting via video-conference from an airport across the country;
  • Or, an architect/designer who wants to show an engineering client a draft CAD/PSD file before the big boss walks in the conference room;
  • Or, a government contractor who needs access to top secret material only through the most secure VPN.

For $80 a month with unlimited access from Verizon Wireless, you can count me in. I just hope that the Bay Area is added soon - that'll help their business finally take off.

I'm also surprised that Verizon Wireless hasn't signed up any content/application deals as a value add to buy the service. At first glance, the service is a pretty hard sell next to a RIM or Good device but, for what it's worth, I think it's a good buy and it's only going to get better.

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