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Two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs drive the 10 Freeway to test 10 wireless devices

April 13, 2010 |  3:09 pm

Adam Rifkin and Joyce Park, two unemployed Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, spun off on a new adventure Wednesday. They are driving the 10 Freeway from Santa Monica to Jacksonville, Fla., in 10 days, testing 10 wireless devices and 10 Internet services in the city and country, mountains and swamps, even deep in the heart of Texas.

Park is behind the wheel of the ’89 Toyota Camry with 180,000 miles on it. Rifkin is her wireless co-pilot.

Panda “We call it our On the 10's Tour,” Rifkin said. “It’s our road trip on the wireless cutting edge, driving the 10 in 2010 to see how well the nation's 3G and 4G networks stand up to actual use in actual America.”

You can follow their travels here.

Here are the 10 gadgets they packed:

1. Apple iPad with Wi-Fi, which has no 3G, so they Internet-enabled it with an offering from Sprint and an offering from Verizon.

2. Sprint Sierra Wireless Overdrive 3G/4G mobile hot spot to have Internet all along the way.

3. Verizon Palm Pre Plus, which also has a mobile hot spot application that lets them connect the iPad to the Internet.

4. Apple iPhone

5. Blackberry Curve in red

6. Blackberry Curve in purple (Sprint had a buy-one-get-one-free offer)

7. Palm Treo 755

8. Palm Pre

9. HP Netbook

10. Nexus One

Here are the 10 services they will use:

Panda2 1. Posterous

2. Twitter

3. Flickr

4. Plancast

5. Google Maps

6. Roadfood

7. WordPress

8. Foursquare

9. Gowalla

10. Facebook

Rifkin said he might also upload a YouTube video he takes with his new Flip video camera that he has stashed in his Scottevest.

-- Jessica Guynn 

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