Instead of purchasing a dedicated wireless card, more people are using their smartphones to tether their laptop/notebook to the Internet. On Verizon Wireless, this tethering can be done on a variety of handsets ranging from smartphones to other types of mobile phones that have the "Mobile Broadband Connect" capability. EV-DO speeds are similar to a medium DSL connection. It doesn't compare with blazing speeds like Verizon FiOS, but it's actually suitable for video and music streaming.
It's exciting to see how mobile technology is evolving. At the same time, I have to wonder about the health effects of these powerful handsets that can transfer such large amounts of data. Are we putting ourselves at risk by using smartphones? A simple voice call doesn't require much power, but if you're tethering or streaming videos, then now you're consuming a lot of power