EV-DO Spotted in the Bay Area

Author: Sven Rafferty
Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Om Malik’s Broadband Blog has spotted EV-DO signals in and around the Bay Area. According to rumors he’s heard, Verizon is testing and tweaking the EV-DO broadband signal, with speeds bursting to 5Mbps, for an official release next week. Om says his friend equipped with his Samsung i730 was seeing the EV icon on his Windows Mobile 2003 SE unit which made me smile big.

EVDOinfo.com goes further with a signal map and shows just where and how much of the Bay shall be seeing the fastest broadband signal available from a cellular carrier (sorry Cingular, you’re under the bar here.) The signal will goes as far east as Livermore and cut out at the Altama Pass. It looks like there is no immediate plans beyond that, though, for EV-DO which bums me out ’cause that’s my hood! Ugh. The only consolation prize is that the Sacramento map looks to possibly go far south enough to may hit me when we move up there soon.

I’m not sure what Verizon meant by “nationwide” for their EV-DO last year, but to me, that means where ever there is a Verizon signal, it’s 3G, period. Maybe these maps are immediate and not full roll out. I sure hope so, because I don’t want to be stuck with the EV-DO plan (which they just lowered cost by $20 for) and have it only work in the metro districts I won’t venture to often. I have confidence in Verizon, so my hopes is that by Christmas, I’ll be greeted with a Verizon present and have EV-DO in my home town.

2 Responses to “EV-DO Spotted in the Bay Area”

  1. Mike @ EVDOinfo.com Says:

    Regarding your home town. Mine got EVDO on 5/26/05 and the maps were not updated for almost 3 months. So, keep “sniffing” you might get it.See for what happen in my home town.

  2. Sven Says:

    Thanx, Mike, for the added info and link! I’ll be up in that neck of the woods today of my future town and will see if it’s leaking out there yet. My current location, near Stockton, isn’t even on the map for “future” development. :(