Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Free Wireless, Not Quite

Not too many wireless options out there for consumers.  Beyond the telcos and WIFI access from a cable provider, the choices are limited.  The latest marketing push comes from an unlikely source, NetZero, the former dial up company.  The owners of NetZero, United Online, are offering "free" monthly wireless access, but free may be a misnomer.  "The free accounts are limited to 200 megabytes of data per month_ enough for some email and Web surfing, but little else."  The push is on to "upgrade" to data plans that may not be as competitive as other telco plans.  And to take advantage of this "free" offer also requires a cost; a digital antenna or mobile hotspot is needed to access the signal.  That cost can range from $50 and higher.  So free access actually costs some money.  Well the re-emergence of NetZero at least adds another player to the mix.

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