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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Turbo 3G vs. Wireless Internet Anywhere in USA

It is interesting to see how aggressively various "Turbo 3G" modem for latop users are being promoted in Europe. Every wireless operating company is marketing their new 7.2MBits/s wireless internet anywhere service. Pricing is about $29/month, free modem if you agree to a 12 month service.
Compare this with (still poor coverage) and 1.5-2MBits/s service from US wireless service providers at a $50-$60/month price (if you already have cell phone service with the company in question). AT&T and T-Mobile have a potential advantage using the international 3G WCDMA standard by being able to "piggy-back" on the volume production and competition internationally.
Also worth noticing is that the Chinese company Huawei has captured a big market for "Turbo 3G" modems in Northern Europe.
On the Fixed Internet access side, you can get +24MBits/s internet access for $39/month. It is about time for internet services in USA to catch up with the rest of the world.

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