I am with you guys - we are also a Mac only household. We got all excited with the Fios and having access to wifi only to find out that the largest network in America can't do Macs. What's up with that? Talk about disappointed. I asked when they would start doing Macs and got the email equivalent of a blank stare. Can your hear us now Verizon?
yep, it is rather annoying that only (2 versions) of windows are supported but nothing else, in particular as for this case it's not even clear why they have to provide a separate software: It could be done simply via standard wireless sign-on protocols, as done by most other providers. Additional software could provide somewhat additional convience for people who like such feature, but certainly would seem mandatory ...
i could imagine, though, that one reason is that they explicitly don't want to support it on mobile devices to not allow cell/wifi-devices from competing mobile services to access it?
Perhaps I misunderstand the use of the term "WIFI" as used in this thread; are you talking about the use of a wireless router at home, or Verizons Mobile Broadband? The Verizon Wireless USB760 Modem supports Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Mac OS X 10.4(Tiger) or 10.5(Leopard) or Linux.
I run OS X and Linux exclusively at home on my laptops, no problems there.
I'm referring to mobile - I, too, use DSL and a WiFi router with my Macs and have experienced no issues.
They are reffering to Verizon's public wi-fi hotspots
The URL regarding Verizon WIFI is http://www22.verizon.com/Residential/WiFi/
Verizon used to have WIFI and it required no software... only a verizon username and password... then they took it away, and now we have this
I am sure there is a reason for the propriatary software... though we will never truly know why
there will be a Mac version, eventually... Patience
10-14-2009 01:57 PM - edited 10-14-2009 02:03 PM
Eventually being the key word.
I just sit and roll my eyes that there isn't already a Mac solution for this. Really, ignoring 12% of the computer using public is like the government ignoring a whole minority to tell them to just wait.
I'm not race-baiting, just drawing a numerical comparison, but there's a substantially large userbase (and growing) that gets ignored all the time. I get that certain hardware manufacturers choose to not work with certain software, and those instances are well within their rights to not support macs, but you're talking about a company that already has hardware solutions for 3G internet service, as well as licensed software they use is also natively (check out Boingo.com) supported for Macs.
The fact that we still get blank stares from IT people or sales people when we say "Mac" echoes this problem. I would think that nearly 30 years after the brand was established and they own a whole LOT of the electronic marketplace in different aspects that a company like Verizon would take Macs a tad more seriously on software development.
And yes, it totally kills me that Microsoft can casually play in other areas and people take it oh-so-seriously, even after they've long since abandoned the market. Anyone remember the Microsoft Router? MSN Spot Watch? Bob?
I just also find it equally funny that there's no Windows 7 support, which is the very first Windows based OS I'd consider using since Windows 2000.