Monday, August 09, 2004

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Options blossom for mobile Internet access

The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Options blossom for mobile Internet access "The number of ways to get on the Internet wirelessly and at high speeds is growing and likely to get almost dizzying.
Cellular carriers, including Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless, are beginning to launch high-speed 3G networks (for third-generation of wireless development) to support mobile data services.
Operators such as Clearwire, owned by telecommunications tycoon Craig McCaw, are starting to offer broadband wireless to compete with DSL and cable-modem services.
Nextel Communications has launched a unique breed of wireless Internet service in the Raleigh, N.C., region — a mobile, high-speed option known as FLASH-OFDM.
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With the Flarion-based service, Nextel can market higher speeds and lower costs than cell carriers' offerings. "It leapfrogs 3G and competes with DSL," Nextel's Schaefer said.
Recent research supports her claims. A report from Parks Associates found that 43 percent of Internet users said they would be interested in replacing their DSL service with a wireless Internet service if it was priced in the $30 to $40 range."
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