Tuesday, 01 July 2008 05:00

Wireless Broadband Review: ATT vs Verizon

Written by  Nate Covington

I am a Cingular (AT&T) wireless customer, so I figured that when the time came to pick up a Broadband Wireless card for my laptop, it would be a no brainer - head to the ATT store and add it on to my existing plan.  Right? Wrong.

Much to my dismay, the AT&T card was just downright slow.  I'm not in a rural area - I'm about an hour from Philadelphia and cell phone coverage is excellent in my area.  However, the ATT broadband card gave me download speeds similar to a 28.8 modem!  I even tried it in several locations, even the pages that contain the speed tests were loading at a snail's pace.  The AT&T card barely moved the needle on the speedtest gauge!

After a few days, I went down to the Verizon Wireless store nearby (also one of my clients) to see what was available.  Not only did they sell me an Express card with no mail-in-rebate (AT&T was $150 before the mail-in rebate), but it was free.  Still sitting at their counter, I installed the VZaccess software and I was up and running in a matter of minutes.  Then, the speed test:  Verizon's card was EASILY more than double the speed of AT&T!

Guess which card got returned? :-P

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0 #4 Rumana Akter 2010-08-04 10:15
We’ve all heard the term broadband for years now, but what does that even mean? The term broadband came into being when the world of internet switched from dial-up—or narrowband—to a faster internet connection capacity.

0 #3 Mike 2010-03-16 01:04
I support your post. Am a real estate agent and getting really busy doing work for banks ( short sale and I need a realiable conection with an strong speed. Guess what, my blackberry 8830 support usb conectivity and the speed that I had archive go from 1.4 max to 800 min. I travel a lot around No...
0 #2 Nesto 2010-03-16 01:04
so it was the speed of 56K ? or twice the speed of a snail ? thats not very fast or worth it IMO
0 #1 Greg 2010-03-16 01:03
Awsome, Just the answer I was looking for.
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