Let's be clear right up front: I am neither paid by Verizon, nor am I a customer. I'm just a fan of wireless data networks, and I have an old Ricochet modem (circa 1997) gathering dust in the closet as proof of my old-school status. I even remember RadioMail, something us industry geezers get teary-eyed about from time to time.
The reason for my enthusiasm is simple, and easily understandable to any corporate networking budget-head who has seen hotel phone bills that eclipse the price of the room. We may be a wired nation, but the problem lies in the wires -- with their limited places of access, and often arbitrary, outlandish or intentionally confusing array of prices.
Road warriors with Premier-type miles under their belts know the pain of using a laptop on a pillow or on a nightstand, when the only telephone jack in the room is strategically placed behind the unmovable bed. Sure, many hotels now offer high-speed links (sometimes free), but the majority of travel locations -- hotels, airports and convention centers -- have yet to understand and prepare for the needs of a mobile worker with a laptop.
Too many times, traveling professionals are at the mercy of local phone pirates, clueless event organizers and public-infrastructure dolts who don't understand that a pay phone without a shelf big enough for a laptop (or without a data port) is worthless. Give the people a predictable, reliable, fixed-cost way to send and receive data, anywhere, anytime, and they will come... with wallets open. Then I can look forward to reading stories about the pay-phone museum.