It looks like the rumors were on to something, as Verizon Wireless will be providing some free 3G data to the upcoming Chrome OS netbooks.
Chrome OS was just released by Google today and it’s essentially an operating system that is all browser. Because of this, it’s very important that the netbooks running this platform have always-on data and Verizon will be making that happen in the United States.
The nation’s largest wireless carrier will be providing 100 MB of free data every month for two years. Like AT&T with the iPad, users will be able to sign up for more 3G data on the device without having to sign up for a long-term contract.
The Verizon 3G service for Chrome OS will differ from the AT&T service from the iPad in that you’ll be able to get unlimited data for $9.99 a day without any activation fees. On the iPad, users used to be able to get unlimited data for 30 days for $30, but that’s changed as AT&T has moved to tiered pricing.
I sincerely doubt that the free Verizon 3G service is out of the kindness of the carrier’s heart, as I’m sure Google has some sort of deal worked out with it. Google hasn’t been shy about paying to get people online, as it is sponsoring the free in-flight WiFi on Virgin Airlines for the holidays in order to promote its Chrome browser.
Verizon and Google are also quickly building a cozy relationship, as the companies have made a lot of money off the Droid lineup. The search giant and Verizon Wireless’ parent company also recently introduced a joint proposal regarding net neutrality.
While the 100 MB of data may seem like a meager amount if you want to watch Netflix on the go, it’s still nice to have some free data to check your e-mails or to update your Facebook status. Look for Chrome OS netbooks to launch in mid-2011.