Three upcoming 4G LTE modems hit Verizon's rebate list, launch imminent
The rebates are all in the amount of $50, and indicate that the launch of these three Hotspots is imminent. Verizon currently sells two LTE Hotspots, and the newcomers will raise the total to five.
The Novatel MiFi 4510L and the USB551L, which is conveniently sized in the form of a USB stick, are both Mac-compatible, whereas Samsung's LTE modem is quite a thin rectangular device. It might also work for Macs, but not much is known about it at the moment. We will know pretty soon all the details, since the rebate list indicates they will hit the shelves soon. All are backwards compatible with Verizon's 3G network, and offer LTE speeds of 5-12 Mbps download, and 2-3 Mbps upload.
With the price of LTE being $50 for 5GB, and $80 for 10GB a month, you might be better off getting an HTC ThunderBolt (our LTE data speed tests with it here) while the $30 unlimited 4G offer is still out there, and then pay the additional $20 a month after May 15th to use it as a mobile hotspot every now and then, up to the 2GB limit. Verizon's current LTE modems cost $99 on a two-year contract after a $50 online discount, so the price for the three newcomers shouldn't differ much.
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2. Sniggly (Posts: 7291; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Whoever wrote this article doesn't know shit about Verizon's wireless plans. The 5 gig and 10 gig plan prices are exactly the same as the 3g versions, and they're for computer use. On theother hand, the 30 buck unlimited plan for the Thunderbolt is for smartphones only. If your goal is to get maximum usage for your money for computer internet usage, then get the broadband plans because the same cost on the Thunderbolt will only give you 2 gigs on the tethering side.
I mean, this error is unforgivable, Phonearena.
3. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
they really didn't make any error... they just said you can get access to a cheaper $20 plan when using a thunderbolt as a hotspot as opposed to the mifi itself. obviously if you need 5 gigs or more a month it wouldnt apply to you
4. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
"With the price of LTE being $50 for 5GB, and $80 for 10GB a month, you'd be better off getting an HTC ThunderBolt (our LTE data speed tests with it here) while the $30 unlimited 4G offer is still out there, and then pay the additional $20 a month after May 15th to use it as a mobile hotspot." Can you use just use the ThunderBolt to tether, Its only 30$ for their unlimited 4G +20$ to allow tethering. So thats 50$ for unlimited 4G while their 5GB cost 50$???? Verizon are you pulling an At&t on us xD. you wont get the joke unless you read the other article V
5. deezy (Posts: 46; Member since: 10 Feb 2011)
tethering isn't unlimited. it's $20 for the first 2GB and I believe another $20 for each additional gig. they have a promo for free mobile hotspot on the t'bolt until may 15th though
6. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
"you wont get the joke unless you read the other article V " what part dont you get that i wasnt serious?
7. RussOnline (unregistered)
If I sign a 2-year contract, purchase the Novatel MiFi 4510, and use it with a 4G Mobile Broadband Plan my new equipment cost is $100 and my recurring monthly cost is $50 for a 5GB monthly allowance or $80 for 10GB with overages charged at $10 per Gigabyte (or fraction thereof).
If I purchase a HTC Thuderbolt my new equipment expense is $250 and my minimum monthly recurring costs are $90 with only A 2GB data allowance when using the hotspot functionality and a whopping $20 for each additional Gigabyte (or fraction thereof).
So, if I need 5GB of Mobile Broadband per month with hotspot functionality, using the Thunderbolt option would cost me $40 for the least expensive calling plan, $30 for Smartphone data plan, $20 for the Hotspot functionality (with 2GB included) and $60 for overage charges to get to a 5GB allowance. That's a total monthly bill of $150.
Versus, with the MiFi my bill for the same 5GB would be just $50.
Not a difficult decision.
8. Andy (unregistered)
Root the Thunderbolt and the tethering is free like it should be if your already paying for unlimited data.
9. Min (unregistered)
They can tell whether you are tethering or using the data from the smart phone. AT&T already started warning 'unauthorized tethering'.
10. Andy (unregistered)
At&t can tell only with the iphone if your tethering for free. Root your android and the only thing that can happen is they throttle you if your in the 5 % of high users. Right out of the mouth of a Verizon manager. Easy root is out for the Thunderbolt already.www.androidcentral.com
11. DROIDFANX (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Jul 2010)
you know its people like you andy and that vzw manager are the reason that prices hike and that they cap everyone. You are trying to get something for free. It is unlimited on a smart phone. But they have every right to charge you for connecting your pc. They are providing a connection for your phone not your phone to be used on your computer which is plainly stated. What youre doing is almost like piggy backing off you neighbors cable and we all know thats illegal and you can get major fines.