Do NOT buy a Verizon USB Card!
Get the FiveSpot or Mifi 2200 instead
Update Dec 6, 2010: Now that Verizon has released their 4G USB cards like the LG VL600, they ARE offering the $50 plan for 5GB and the $80 plan for 10GB, so the article below is now outdated.
Why does Verizon charge $59.99 per month to use a USB Card and just $50 for a Mobile Hotspot device? Can anyone explain this pricing? Even worse, the overage charge is $50 per GB on a USB versus just $10 per GB on a Hotspot device. It makes no sense to me. Don’ t get me wrong, I love Verizon’s new Mobile Internet pricing, it is much improved. I just don’t know why they are discriminating against the USB. Where is Jessie Jackson when we need him?
Whatever Verizon’s reasons, the message is clear: Do NOT buy a USB card from Verizon. I can’t imagine the USB manufacturers are very happy with Verizon’s move. No informed customer should purchase a USB given the current pricing. Can anyone come up with a compelling reason why you would pay $10 more for a USB? Heck the HotSpot devices work on up to 5 devices and the USB only 1. It’s already handicapped, now it’s more expensive to use also?
My pick is to get the FiveSpot Global HotSpot since it’s a newer and international capable mobile Wifi device. Warning: I don’t recommend actually using this thing overseas unless it’s an emergency. That being said, since it is free on our site, it’s still a better buy since it will have more resale value if you ever decide to upgrade.