Review by dataice
Good "Excellent Nationwide 3G Coverage."
- Location: Crisfield,Somerset,MD
- Cost: $80 per month
- Install: about 1 days
Bad "Expensive. 5 GB monthly data cap."
Overall "Unbeatable 3G coverage. The 5 GB data cap is a disappointment, but otherwise am pleased with the service"
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05/21/11: I just started service today and I will provide a more detailed review once I run it through its paces. So far 3G coverage area has been excellent, even in rural areas. I purchased the Verizon branded Novatel Wireless USB760 USB modem at Wal-Mart for $130. I didn't want to commit to a 24 month contract so I decided to go with their prepaid offering instead. The service cost $80 for 30 days of service and 5 GB of data usage. The software required to connect is stored on the device itself, making setup foolproof. The software allows you to keep track of usage, and also allows you to purchase an additional 30 days of service. If you go over your allowed usage before your 30 days are up you can purchase a new card from the software and the clock starts over.
06/03/11: So far I am very impressed with the coverage and speeds in my local area. The speeds are far more consistent than they were when I was using AT&T Wireless Broadband. Not to mention AT&T has a 2GB cap for the same cost. Verizon Wireless Broadband is comparable to a entry level DSL connection. The 5 GB data cap is a huge disappointment. I have been averaging 1.1-1.4 Mbps down and 500-800K up here at home. This is my only option for broadband at home because my local Verizon central office has been oversold and Verizon has no interest in upgrading it to allow for more capacity. This will do for now until I move next year. It's certainly better than dial-up. I feel the cap should be increased to at least 10 GB which is what it is for their post paid customers. Their prepaid customers are paying the full unsubsidized price for the USB modem after all. I'm patiently waiting for Verizon to upgrade my area to 4G LTE. However, being in a rural county we are probably far down at the bottom of the list. They didn't upgrade our area from 1x-RTT speeds until 2009. There are neighboring towns in this county still on 2G. So for now I can live with 3G. I don't expect 4G coverage for at least another 12-18 months. Otherwise I am very pleased with the service so far.
08/17/11: No service issues to report. Now that I am back in the central office with Verizon DSL I only use my USB dongle for broadband when I am traveling or visiting friends or relatives away from home. It does what I need it to do when I need it, but it's expensive for what you get.
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