Right now I’m sitting on dial up via AOL. I haven’t dialed into an ISP since 1998, and I don’t miss it one bit. The boing beep boing boing sounds don’t bring back happy nostalgic BBS memories either. But the fact of the matter is, I’m connected to the internet. Having a computer that isn’t connected to the net is about as useful as a bike with no seat. Being connected is everything.
Verizon knows this, and has decided to push their 3G network just a bit harder than they have been. They lowered the prices and have helped integrate EV-DO ( a.k.a. 3G) chips into laptops. WiFi used to be an add-on only feature, but is now standard with almost any consumer laptop.
This way we could be connected all the time, anywhere we go (meaning anywhere within the major metropolitan areas). I don’t mind if I’m not at blazing fast speeds just yet, a 400-700kbit/sec connection available anywhere Verizon gets service would make me grin from cheek to cheek for a solid week. In the car, on the bus, walking, in a restaurant bathroom (what if I need to send an email then?), I daydream about wireless internet on my phone, PDA, or laptop.
Maybe I’m just set on the new PPC-6700 from Sprint being EV-DO compatible, and desperately want one. Maybe because I’m on dial up and get booted every once in a while with no warning I yearn for a faster connection that can go anywhere. Maybe I’m just a geek who loves to see things progress and evolve from dreams to reality. Maybe I need a coffee.