Cricket Broadband Cards & Mobile Hotspots | 2011 Review

Cricket Broadband Cards & Mobile Hotspots | 2011

Since last year, Cricket has 1 new broadband card, dropped 2 old cards and added a mobile hotspot to their 3G device line.

 

Cricket 3G Broadband Cards

The EC1705 returns for another year proving itself as a reliable basic broadband card with absolutely no bells and whistles.

It stands in stark contrast to the A605, the successor to last year’s A600 with a microSD slot plus swivel port and slick updated design.

Cricket 3G USB  Broadband Card

 Cricket A605  EC1705

Full Review

A605

EC1705

Video Review

N/A

N/A

Form Factor

USB Broadband Card

USB Broadband Card

External Antenna Jack

N/A

N/A

Download Speed Potential

3.1 Mbps (3G)

3.1 Mbps (3G)

OS Compatibility

Windows 7, XP, Vista, or MAC OS X 10.4 or higher.

Windows 7, XP, Vista, or MAC OS X 10.4 or higher.

Network Support

1xRTT, EVDO Rev. 0, EVDO Rev. A

1xRTT, EVDO Rev. 0, EVDO Rev. A

GPS

No

No

Extra Storage

N/A

microSD (up to 4 GB)

Support Info

Yes

Yes

Price

$100

$90

 

Cricket Mobile Hotspots

The Cricket Crosswave WiFi Hotspot is Cricket’s first 3G mobile hotspot.

With a microSD slot supporting up to 32 GB, it’s an excellent contender to other 3G mobile hotspots on the market.

 

Cricket Mobile Hotspots  Cricket Crosswave WiFi Hotspot
Full Review Cricket Crosswave WiFi Hotspot
Video Review N/A
Form Factor 3G Mobile Hotspot
External Antenna Jack No
Download Speed Potential

3.1 Mbps

OS Compatibility Anything that works via WiFi (computers, phones, game consoles, etc)
Network Compatibility 1xRTT, EVDO Rev. 0, EVDO Rev. A
WiFi Connections Multiple Devices
Extra Storage Yes (microSD up to 32 GB)
Price $150

 

Which Device Should You Get?

If you’re in the market for a broadband card, the device of choice is the A605. With a microSD slot supporting up to 4 GB of extra memory, it can act as a flash drive.

In addition to that, it’s got a swivel USB port which is extremely handy for pointing the device upwards for better reception plus keeping it out of the way of potential damage.

If you’re in the market for a mobile hotspot, then the only choice is the Cricket Crosswave WiFi Hotspot.

Need I say more?

 

Get the A605 Here

Cricket A605

 

Get the Cricket Crosswave WiFi Hotspot Here

Cricket Crosswave WiFi Hotspot

 

Also, see how they stack up against the competition in the 2011 Prepaid Mobile Broadband Comparison.

Also part of this 2011 review:

Cricket 3G Review
Cricket 3G Plans
Cricket 3G Speed
Cricket 3G Coverage
Cricket 3G Broadband Cards & Mobile Hotspots

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