I recently had the opportunity to test out the Verizon high speed cellular data service. This service uses Verizon's high-speed cellular data service. This service runs at approximately 600KB to 1Megabit a second. Putting this into perspective this is a little bit slower than Comcast but faster than the low-cost DSL and about 10-20 times faster than using the fastest dial up modem.
My test setup was purchasing a card for my Macintosh Powerbook Pro (15") that uses the Apple express card slot. This Verizon card comes in a USB and express card version. The express card slides into the Powerbook and has the antennae extends 1 inch outside the laptop. The USB version extends about 3 inches outside the laptop. The first time you install this on an Apple it is recognized and configured for your system. I set this up for me using the Apple System Preferences so that I had to click a button to connect, it is possible to have this auto-connect whenever you go to access the Internet.
What is good about this service is that it is very ubiquitous, meaning that if you have good cell-phone coverage in the location you are at then you have good data access. If you travel a lot and spend considerable time at the airport or hotels this is a great device to get access when you are out. Another use for this is taking a laptop and using it heavily in an outside setting for data collection. If you tend to be in outdoor areas where you have cell-phone coverage you are likely to have access to the high-speed data service. For basic email and web access you will think you are on a standard wireless connection. If you try to do streaming video you may notice a little sluggishness over standard wireless but it still performs well.
The cost for unlimited data from Verizon is $60 a month. This is not cheap but for those of you that spend a lot of downtime in airports this may be worth the cost to have access to your work.