With its 3G data network all dressed up and with nowhere to go, Verizon is courting PC notebook OEMs and cutting prices. Today it announced deals to embed CDMA EV-DO chips with the top three US PC manufacturers, Dell, Lenovo and HP, in their notebook PCs. Verizon's monthly tariff falls to $60 - half what European business users pay for their 3G data.
While Wi-Fi is becoming a standard feature on notebooks, network coverage is anything but ubiquitous. A succession of standards has emphasized speed over range and QoS, the bottom fell out of the hot spot market, and the remaining providers have been reluctant to sign roaming agreements. All of which means the road warrior must scramble to a hotspot, and subscribe to several hotspot providers.