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Finally, we are getting very close to EVDO here in Maine

By Andrew Pollack on 10/27/2006 at 03:11 PM EDT

I've been talking about how much I like Verizon's EVDO service for internet connectivity via the cell phone system. With a card in my PC, or with a bluetooth connection to my cell phone as a modem, I can connect and get DSL speed connectivity in most major service areas around the country now. In the rest of the places, I get 1xRTT service which is in theory up to 250kbps, but in reality works out to be about like using a dialup modem.

The thing is, here in Maine I've had no EVDO service. It's well over a year "late" here (I use quotes because in truth, Verizon never formally promises the new service until it is turned on). It's been 2 years, however, that they're cellphone EVDO capable devices in my market.

Today, I noticed in a few spots on my cell phone the red "EV" indicator. In most places, this is a good sign, as it means my laptop can have DSL speeds anywhere nearby. The service isn't working here yet in most places, but I did make one EVDO connection on my phone today and I'm sure that they're moving forward finally.

This will make sitting and waiting for my kids to finish soccer practice 30 miles from home a whole lot less inconvenient.

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