Millenicom Speed & 3G Coverage


For The Most Recent Info, See The 2011 Millenicom 3G Review




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While Millenicom has some nice mobile broadband plans, it won’t mean a thing if you don’t have the speed & 3G coverage where you need it the most. However, Since they resell Sprint’s and Verizon’s mobile broadband, service should be pretty solid.

To put money where the mouth is, they’ve got a 80% positive rating via DSLReports (41 positive & 9 negative at the time of this review). Not bad at all.


So How Fast Is It?

Independent speed tests confirm Sprint & Verizon’s advertised speeds of “600 Kbps – 1.4 Mbps”. In short form, it’ll feel like a DSL connection to most.

For more info on either Sprint or Verizon’s 3G speed, check out the respective full reviews below:


How To Make Sense Of The Mobile Broadband Speed


People who get the fastest speeds in the United States average about 3.9 Mbps. If you read the fastest mobile broadband review, average 3G speeds are about 1 – 1.4 Mbps.

While that may seem a lot slower than the cable internet speeds you might be used to, it helps to have a real way to put it in context.

Use this speedtest tool to see what speed you have right now. That way, these number will make a lot more sense to you. You’ll see if mobile broadband is half your current speed, about the same or even more.

Find Out Your Current Speed

After finding out your current speed, keep the number in mind so that you can compare it to the other numbers mentioned in this article. It’ll help put things in context.


What About 3G Coverage?

Millenicom mirrors Sprint 3G coverage in the same way it does 3G speed. Since Sprint & Verizon tie for the best 3G coverage, it’s pretty safe to say you’ll be covered.

For more info on either of the two’s 3G coverage, check out the full reviews below:


N.B. Millenicom doesn’t host any coverage maps on its site. While they quote ‘nationwide 3G coverage’ they don’t explicitly reveal their parent networks. If signing up, you’ll be required to provide information to be contacted via email.


The Final Piece of The Puzzle

After deciding on a Millenicom mobile broadband plan, finding decent speed & 3G coverage, the final step is selecting a broadband card or mobile hotspot to get online. While there are 5 devices to choose from, only 2 make the cut.

Next up, the Millenicom Broadband Card & Mobile Hotspot Review.

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1 Comment

  1. Gloria says:

    Hi Marc:

    I was prepared to try Cricket. However when I checked availability, it indicated that they were not yet in the New York Area. I signed up to be notified of when they would be available, however that does not help me now, since AT&T put the 5gb cap on service, they are no longer cost effective for me; but I still need reliable internet/broadband for my laptop.
    Also, it is rumored that Virgin Mobile no longer offers unlimited services, though Radio Shack alleges that they do. Need to really know what the “best” choice is ASAP, since as a writer, I can blow past that 5gb cap relatively easily.

    Thanks for your column. It’s really helpful.

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