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Novatel USB551L 4G USB Modem for Verizon Review

0. phoneArena 20 Apr 2011, 09:32 posted on

The Novatel USB551L is the newest 4G USB modem to be available from Verizon, but is there any reason to choose it from the other two models? Let’s see…

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posted on 29 Dec 2011, 14:46

1. Myop4u (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Novatel USB551L - The modem is utterly unreliable. Yesterday it took me one hour and ten minutes to write 3 short emails and make one online purchase of an item I had previously researched so it was supposed to be a very quick transaction – and the modem disconnected me while in the middle of making my payment. The connections varied between barely 2G and 3G and 4G and kept changing while I remained stationary. I am very, very close to giving up Verizon for my internet connection as this is extremely aggravating. I can’t run my small business with a modem that disconnects itself at will and with no warning every few minutes, sometimes once a minute! from the internet.

What if I want to conduct a telecall or webinar? Do I run the risk of losing my class every couple of minutes?

I did call and complain when I first noticed that the modem would disconnect itself frequently. I was told by Verizon Tech Support that this was normal as it is a 4G modem. For one thing, when it thinks you aren’t doing anything (like when you write a longer email) it disconnects itself. (And then it can take 10 minutes or more, including having to reboot my laptop several times before I can get my connection back.) Excuse me? Then why on earth would anybody want this?

Really, Verizon, this is a ‘get your act together’ moment!

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