Last year however, Verizon began rolling out a much faster successor to 1xRTT known as EV-DO. In comparison to the 80 kbps data rates that 1xRTT achieved in practice, EV-DO is expected to deliver at least 300 kbps putting it on par with broadband cable or DSL service. But, even though Verizon says that the service is available in 32 metropolitan markets, that doesn't mean the faster service will be available everywhere within Verizon Wireless' footprint. That will take a while. But with the dual-band functionality found in Novatel's Wireless' card, the upshot is that you'll be able to get data functionality no matter where you are as long as your within Verizon Wireless' coverage area. To boot, security is baked in, making it far superior than Wi-Fi for which users and infrastructure providers must jump through all sorts of hoops to secure.
The net cost of the Novatel V620 is $99 (after rebate) and the Verizon Wireless sells unlimited data access to it's wireless network for $80 per month. Provided it works well (I'm waiting for a test unit), this is a bargain and its why I've asked before, why bother with Wi-Fi when CDMA will do?