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Verizon Unveils Global Broadband 3G Modem
And some very shiny and expensive new data plans...
by Karl Bode 05:57PM Thursday Jun 18 2009
Verizon wireless broadband users who travel abroad frequently should be happy to note that Verizon Wireless today unveiled their new USB1000 Global Modem from Novatel Wireless. The modem features 800/1900 EVDO Revision A, quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band 850/1900/2100MHz WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA radios on board. The $149.99 device (after a $50 mail in rebate) requires some pretty steep monthly plans. Verizon offers two: a $129.99 per month plan that comes with 100MB of data in 31 countries and 5GB in the U.S. or Canada, and a $219.99 plan for 200MB worth of data in 31 countries, plus the same 5GB limit in Canada or the U.S. Don't forget the $0.005/KB surcharges imposed (assuming Verizon has their math right) once you cross your limit while overseas.

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Joe12345678

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5gb in the usa and Canada same pool or 2 of them?

5gb in the usa and Canada same pool or 2 of them?
sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
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Wow

This is so overpriced compared to similar services in Asia, all I can do is laugh.

a333
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Re: Wow

WTF, $220 a MONTH??? Might as well buy a tri-band UMTS/HSDPA 7.2 USB modem and just sign up for a prepaid data plan wherever you go.... pays off for itself in a matter of months. Even better... just buy an unlocked "world phone" that is a standard quad-band GSM/EDGE, and tri-band UMTS device.... at least you get cheap voice and data wherever you go...

Jeez.... why would anyone want this???
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hottboiinnc
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Re: Wow

because its VZW
The Dv8or
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Denver, CO
When youre a company that has high level execs traveling overseas 2-3 times a year for a week at a time. You cant ask them to go out and buy their own modem. Also, they have Blackberries and want/need to check their email on there all the time and have the same phone # to be reachable.
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Fir_Na_Tine
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Re: Wow

So basically the people who have money to burn and just want it to work. Instead of people like us who watch where our money goes and are smart and resourceful enough to do better for less.
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pnh102
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Re: Wow

We've seen in many things that people are willing to pay a huge premium for a technology that "just works well." Look at the prices people pay here for services like texting.
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fifty nine

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said by Fir_Na_Tine:

So basically the people who have money to burn and just want it to work. Instead of people like us who watch where our money goes and are smart and resourceful enough to do better for less.
Pretty much. When you're an exec you don't have time to mess around with technology to save a few bucks.
patcat88

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Jamaica, NY
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said by a333:

WTF, $220 a MONTH??? Might as well buy a tri-band UMTS/HSDPA 7.2 USB modem and just sign up for a prepaid data plan wherever you go.... pays off for itself in a matter of months. Even better... just buy an unlocked "world phone" that is a standard quad-band GSM/EDGE, and tri-band UMTS device.... at least you get cheap voice and data wherever you go...

Jeez.... why would anyone want this???
A corporation just removes it from shareholder dividends and increases their prices.
stufried
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Are the Asian plans transborder?

AintBuyinIt

@holdenandrew.com
True that. It is so much cheaper to buy the pay-as-you-go Internet service from the local wireless carriers overseas when you are traveling. Once you are done, just throw it away.

It is funny too that friends from abroad who visit here in the US roll their eyes when they try to buy pay-as-you-go cellphones as the prices are too high. Furthermore, all the phones are locked to that particular carrier so they can't use it back home as spares.
tmc8080

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diarrhea?

On the heels of possible increased FIOS broadband speed tiers, we have this plop of a news release from Verizon.

Who cares, the world outside of broadband black holes is not clamoring for wireless broadband just yet, particularly on the terms Verizon sells it.
patcat88

join:2002-04-05
Jamaica, NY
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Re: diarrhea?

Verizon Landline and Verizon Wireless have 2 different corporate philosophies. The right and left hands rarely agree.
dcdeadbeat5

join:2008-10-07
Washington, DC

just another ME Too marketing press release

Oh come on Verizon. Most people that travel overseas are going to just purchase a prepaid usb card in the country they are traveling to (or rent one). World roaming capability has not paid off for AT&T and it won't pay off for you.

So stop doing the "ME TOO" philosophy and start bring out innovative products (hint: LTE would be good begging step for video phones).
OwlSaver
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Berwyn, PA

It is too bad that Iridium failed

It would be great if a company could offer LEO satellite service around the world. Say they offered a flat rate data service at $40/ month available around the globe. You could then run VOIP for phone service. It would really shake up the cell phone industry.

I have no idea if the economics would work. But it is nice to dream.