Unlimited Mobile Broadband Internet?
Everyone is always saying “Why do I have a limit to my Internet from Sprint or Verizon or ATT? They all have 5GB limits and that sucks! I want Unlimited Mobile Broadband.” Most people don’t know what 5GB even is, so how the heck are they going to want to worry all day about how much they use? I think this scares more people than it would really affect, since 5GB is more than most people ever use.
Luckily Sprint now has Unlimited Mobile Broadband Internet on their 4G network. Keep in mind, there is still a 5GB limit on the 3G network, but as long as you are on the 4G side you are good to go. This is one of the main reasons it makes sense to get a 4G/3G device. Do NOT waste your money on a 3G only device, you will hate yourself in a year when 4G is much more widespread. Not very often in life are choices quite so easy. Faster Service, Unlimited Internet, all for the same monthly cost as the older, slower technology? Where do I sign up?? (Below, actually!)
3G = o.5 to 1.5Mbps Download speed and a 5GB per month limit
4G = 1.5 to 6Mbps Download speed and UNLIMITED Internet
What are some of the 4G devices I’m talking about? The Franklin U301 in the video above was the first 4g device, then came the Overdrive which is like the very popular Mifi, but adds 4G also. So yea, its a few dollars more upfront, but it blows the mifi away in every other way. Get the Overdrive and you will thank me later! The next device to come out is the Sierra Wireless 250U
which comes in an unusual looking round USB device… but its kinda cool! It also is the first one to have antenna ports so you can add an external antenna for both the 3G side and the 4G side since they have different antennas for the different technologies.
Also noted in the video above, you can add a Mobile Router to any of the 4G USB devices to create a Mobile Wifi HotSpot that can allow 5 or 10 users to share one account over an entire house or small office
There is one phone, the Sprint HTC EVO that has a built in 4G/3G hotspot. It’s kind of like the Overdrive, in that it is it’s own router and can connect up to 8 devices at the same time. Howerver, if you are only 3G, you can’t make a call and use the Internet at the same time, but you can use voice and internet at the same time if you are on 4G. A phone as an Internet router is decent for one person, but not really a solution for a family or a small office like a USB device could be.
So what about Verizon? As it stands now, Sprint is the only one with 4G right now. Verizon is coming out with their own version called LTE later in 2010. However, until it’s actually available and we can see the cities it covers and see some real world tests, I would recommend going with Sprint for your 4G needs!