See the 2011 Event Radio Rentals Review for the most recent info.
The last time I reviewed Event Radio Rentals, I had some qualms about their service. Since then, they’ve improved a tremendous amount in a short space of time.
From offering not just Broadband Cards, Mobile Hotspots and 3G netbooks for rent, they now also offer a prepaid mobile broadband service called "AirCards on Demand".
To put icing on the cake, they’re the only company I’ve seen that lets you rent devices for Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network and readily accepts requests for quotes (i.e. larger business orders). It’s an excellent blend of services for individuals and businesses alike.
While Event Radio Rentals offers cell phones and a range of other devices, this review only covers its mobile broadband portion.
Like most mobile broadband rental companies, there are 4 steps:
- Order Your Broadband Card (of Device)
- Receive in your mail via courier
- Install software, plug in your broadband card, use it
- Return it via a prepaid mailing envelope.
Event Radio Rentals relies mostly on Sprint’s mobile broadband network.
To a lesser extent, they also rely on Verizon and AT&T’s 3G networks. As such, they inherit their speed and coverage
In an interesting shift from last year, there are now two services:
- Mobile Broadband Rental
- Prepaid Mobile Broadband (called AirCards on Demand)
What’s the difference?
With mobile broadband rental, you to rent a broadband card without having to purchase it. On the other hand, with prepaid mobile broadband you own the broadband card or device and purchase ‘credit’ for use when needed. As you might expect, there are different pricing structures for each.
Between USB Broadband Cards, Mobile Hotspots and 3G Netbooks, you’ve got a one-stop shop for a company’s or individual’s mobile broadband rental.
If you’re looking to see how they match up to other mobile broadband rental companies, check out the Mobile Broadband Rental Comparison.
It may help put things in perspective when you see what all of your options are whether you plan to use it regularly or occasionally.
For more info, check out the 2010 Mobile Broadband Reviews.