Top 5 List: Mobile Broadband Cards December 2010
Here is our December List of the top 5 Mobile Broadband Cards currently available from the 4 National Cellular Carriers that own their own networks, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T. No, we don’t list smaller regional carriers, or ones who borrow their networks from the 4 above who actually own them. These type of carriers have a history of being here today and gone tomorrow.
All factors are considered in the ranking, such as device capabilities itself, as well as the carriers current coverage, network speeds, and monthly price plans. And lastly we factor in the lowest device pricing on the web that can be found right here on More Mobile Internet.
Here is the list, in order:
1) Verizon VL600: Why? Best Combo of 4G speed and great data plans. Verizon breaks into the 4G game with 38 markets and 110 million people covered. 4G speeds are 3 to 12 Mbps which enables you to do things you could not do reliably on 3G like VIOP, online gaming, or HD streaming video. The $50 plan for 5GB or the $80 for 10GB will be good for almost any user. Even the overage is finally a reasonable $10 per extra GB. Device cost: FREE with a 2 yr agreement
2) Sprint Overdrive: Why? It’s still the only 4G and 3G Mobile Hotspot. 4G has two huge advantages: One, it offers Unlimited usage in 4G, and secondly 4G is up to 10X faster than 3G, all for the same monthly cost of 3G at $59.99. This device also allows you to connect up to 5 laptops, iPads, netbooks, or any WiFi devices at one time. Device Cost: $39.99 with a 2 yr agreement
3) Verizon FiveSpot: Why? Verizon’s new $49.99 monthly fee for wireless hotspot devices is a great value. Especially since the FiveSpot also allows you to have up to 5 devices connected at once and it is Global Roaming ready. Be warned, the International Roaming rates would make Richard Branson cringe. Since it is a Free device, I still highly recommend it over the popular MiFi 2200 HotSpot. If you decide to sell it, it will have a higher resale value even if you never use it overseas. Cool huh? Device Cost: Free with a 2 yr agreement
4) Sprint 250U 4G USB: Why? It’s also a 3G and 4G device like the Overdrive above, but this only works with one device at a time. It just does not make sense to get a 3G only device when there are 4G devices available, even if you don’t live in a 4G area just yet. Now the minute you are in 4G you can take advantage without buying a new device! Plan for the future, my friends! Device Cost: Free with a 2 yr agreement
5) T-Mobile Rocket USB: Why? T-Mobile has quietly built out its HSPA+ network which has an impressive top speed up to 21Mbps, with averages of 3-7Mbps. The monthly rate is also just $49.99. The only downside to T-Mobile? Rural coverage is very weak compared to Verizon and Sprint. Not recommended for Truckers, RVers, or live in the boonies. Great if you are a urban person. Device Cost: Free with 2 yr agreement