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Rumors are flying that–after long wait–Verizon will finally flip the switch on Ev-DO in the Bay area. A reader from Mountain View pinged me earlier and said that he was getting some serious EVDO signal. Taking his advice, I decided to walk around San Francisco (I […]

Rumors are flying that–after long wait–Verizon will finally flip the switch on Ev-DO in the Bay area. A reader from Mountain View pinged me earlier and said that he was getting some serious EVDO signal. Taking his advice, I decided to walk around San Francisco (I need the exercise and it was a rare sunny day here in the city by the Bay) with my Powerbook 15, Novatel Wirelessv620 card and a bunch of other EVDO gizmos.

I’m using a Motorola E815 and getting an Ev-DO signal near Union Square in San Francisco. My friend, Andy Abramson came by yesterday and his Samsung i730 was picking up EVDO signals and getting decent space as well.

The card however, did not get the speeds phones were getting, but the tiny EVDO sign showed up in the menu. Very cool! Engineers are said to be making the final tweaks–testing the network, etc–before an announcement early next week. Verizon’s 3G network has been live at the SF airport since June, and now they are prepared to turn on the rest of the area. About time. The Sprint EVDO is working in some parts of San Francisco Bay Area. Meanwhile, Mobiletracker says that Verizon is going to slash prices on its EVDO service from $80 to $60 a month. Now that’s the kind of news I can smile about.

  1. Here’s a map of the San Francisco coverage, according to what’s going to be official.

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  2. [...] Louis, Kansas City, Denver, New England, New York, New Jersey, and a lot of other places. Om Malik even reported getting EV-DO reception in San Francisco yesterday. [...]

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  3. [...] Sven and posted at 9:51

    Om Malik’s Broadband Blog has spotted EV-DO signals in and around the Bay Area. According to [...]

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  4. [...] Sven and posted at 9:51

    Om Malik’s Broadband Blog has spotted EV-DO signals in and around the Bay Area. According to [...]

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  5. [...] Sven and posted at 9:51

    Om Malik’s Broadband Blog has spotted EV-DO signals in and around the Bay Area. According to [...]

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  6. Om, we put up all the newest maps including SF and Sacramento and Denver and Charlotte at http://evdo-coverage.blogspot.com

    evdo map

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  7. At Last!

    According to Om Malik, San Francisco’s broadband Verizon EVDO functionality has finally been turned on. Looks like he’s right. I…

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  8. OM, heads up.. we just launched the new SPRINT VS Verizon EVDO Map.. see: http://wirelessinternetcoverage.com

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  9. We get many EVDO Coverage reports from users at http://www.EVDOforums.com. Sometimes, we get 2-3 months notice, before the official announcements.

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  10. [...] Om Malik even reported getting EV-DO reception in San Francisco yesterday. [...]

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