MTL ... Pop. density is the deal. In Miami 25 acres is a Wildlife Sanctuary or a VL housing complex .. on my road it is one house. (Nothing too fancy - it's not Coral Gables up here.) Verizon does not even deem our land lines worthy of an electronic switching station upgrade so we can get DSL.
There is also the reality that there is more money to be made in a ghetto than the country. They'd rather slam poor people with payday loan-like fees than provide service to people 10 miles out.
.... it will come. Rather than the old days of Ma Bell when there was mostly only one game nationally, these cellular providers do attempt to compete - albeit half heartedly. We will need a Carlos Slim to step up Tracfone or one of the Asian Billionaires who now run networks of massive numbers seeking high market penetration rather than the top dollar, skimming system we now have. Cheers.
I bought the 3G because tethering my iphonevia wifi eats the batteries.
i think the fact there is no extra bill comeing at the end of the month for a service that half the times does work right in the area iam in..some of my friend who have the 3g verison say that it not really worth the extra money for the 3g service intill they can get a better carrier for it ..
Performance is location specific. I bought my iPad on day one and have had full bars even in my cellar. I actually thought that the bars were some sort of con. Finally, one day I caught it go down one bar for just a second as I drove under some electrical wires. My download speeds are always 1.5 or better.
I just recently signed up for the unlimited 3g plan in my ipad and put my verizon MiFi plan on hold for the simple reason that my iPad has a 10 hour battery life that takes me through the day but my MiFi only has a 4 hour battery at best.
I got the 3G because of the GPS and the fact that I have occasional need for Internet on the road. My initial experience has been great. Enough so that I may just keep it active full time for now.