updated 09:05 am EST, Tue December 15, 2009
Verizon Wi-Fi a bonus for broadband users
Verizon today pushed back against AT&T's command of free US Wi-Fi by offering its own Wi-Fi service. The service is considered an extension of the carrier's mobile broadband and gives free Wi-Fi to those who already use a data-only 3G devices such as a modem, a netbook or a MiFi hotspot. Verizon counts "thousands" of hotspots both in the US as well as in Canada and Mexico and considers it a more economical alternative to a roaming plan.
Access should be available effective today and needs the provider's VZAccess Manager 7.2 or better for either Mac OS X or Windows. Customers can subscribe either to a domestic mobile broadband plan or a GlobalAccess plan to qualify, with the most common domestic plan costing $60 per month for 5GB of 3G data.