Netzero Lets You Share Bandwidth on Facebook
As Dial-Up Company Takes Aim at Free Wireless Data
We've noted that there's several companies exploring pricing models that include base free wireless tiers
, and one of the earliest is a famliar name: NetZero. The company formerly known for dial up service back in March announced
that they've partnered with Clearwire to start offering WiMax service, and this week announced
users can give away up to 1 GB of data to Facebook friends. The offerings are no contract, but require that you buy either a $100 HotSpot or $50 USB stick with a NetZero logo (you can be fashionably ironic).
for the service comes in five flavors:
•Free, $0, 200MB
•Basic, $9.95, 500MB
•Plus, $19.95, 1GB
•Pro, $34.95, 2GB
•Platinum, $49.95, 4GB
The free and $10 tiers clock in with speeds of "up to" 1Mbps down and 384 Kbps up, while the rest of the offerings deliver "up to" 10 Mbps down and 1.5 Mbps up. There's no throttling or overages, users who reach their cap either pony up for the same bucket of bytes or they remain disconnected until the next billing cycle. One big catch: you only can be on their free plan for a year, after which you must sign up for paid service. It's yet another entry in a crowded no contract data market, though again it's the first to offer users a free option -- something you'll see a lot of this year.
junk? Might as well turn on tethering feature in my phone and use better speeds on LTE and use it in more places, even outside metro areas on 3g
| |SeleniaI love DebianPremium
Re: junk? Not to mention LTE with a 5GB cap on AT&T(with tethering) was $45 a month when I got my newest toy this year. I ended up signing up for 3GB for $30 because I don't use more than that, with all the wifi generally around me. So, I get to pay $5/month more for 1 less gig on Clearwire's shitty network with an almost non-existant foitprint? Go to hell Netzero!! Seems you were better off dead with the days of dialup
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A wise person knows enough to know they couldn't possibly know everything.
There are zealots for every OS, like every religion. They do not represent the majority of users for either.
Useless Both this product and the one from FreedomPop are useless to most folks. The fact is, WiMAX has very limited availability, and its footprint isn't being increased, so, if you can't get a signal now, you never will. Sure, Clearwire is going to eventually launch LTE, but that isn't happening yet, and the current gear being offered can't use it anyway. So there is no reason whatsoever for anyone outside of a WiMAX area to even look at these offerings right now, and, even if I could get service, I wouldn't want to pay much for the hardware, since I have to wonder how viable these services are in the long term with such limited potential for growth right now.
does not make sense since it piggy backs on clearwire if you can get them you can get clearwire. in that case go with the clear $34.99 1.5 down / 500mb up tier unlimited or $49.99 3/6 mb down / 1.0 up plan or some of the pucks have 1.5 up. the lowr tier is actully provisioned at 1.8 down and the upper tier can go as high as 12 or a bit more down. As far as the free (net zero) option its a puny joke and not even worth bothering with hardware.
| |TransmasterDon't Blame Me I Voted For Bill and Opus
Re: does not make sense I have always loved the name Netzero, you get what you pay for.
WOW Wow 1gb....someone stop me from having a heart attack out of excitement.
| |NJxxxJonDSLR'er from the 56k days.Premium
CDs laying around I bet this is why facebook is slow...
I bet I could find some old NETZERO snail mail CDs laying around somewhere!