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Correcting a Story on Verizon

Via unwired, an excerpt from a Washington Post story on Verizon's new high-speed cellular data network, EvDO:

Also today, Verizon Wireless plans to announce its intention to provide wireless networks at 475 hotels and 10 airports around the United States using a technology known as WiFi, for wireless fidelity. WiFi is more limited than EvDO, as users must be within 300 feet of a local base station. It has become an increasingly popular way for wireless users to access the Internet in hotels, airports and coffee shops around the country.
"WiFi is more limited than EvDO"? How much research did the writer of this story do? Let me try rewriting that paragraph:
Also today, Verizon Wireless plans to announce its intention to provide wireless networks at 475 hotels and 10 airports around the United States using a technology known as Wi-Fi, for wireless fidelity. Wi-Fi is a short-range networking technology, typically requiring users to be within 300 feet of a local base station. However, thousands of public Wi-Fi access points already exist in hotels, airports, and coffee shops around the country, with plans to add thousands more. Some operators of Wi-Fi access points offer free connections, either as a public service or to promote their business. When operators charge for access, billing is usually on a flat rate basis -- a fixed amount for all the data that can be downloaded in a given period of time -- 15 minutes, an hour, or a day. Although Verizon has yet to announce pricing for EvDO, like other cellular-based wireless data technologies, it will almost certainly be tied to the amount of data downloaded, with heavy users facing steep bills.
There. That's better.

More on this story from Alan Reiter.

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