Since last year, Verizon has gone from 2 mobile broadband plans (excluding prepaid options) to offering two 4G plans plus bevy of 3G plans to fit any device you’ve got.
Here I’ll cover Verizon 3G plans for tablets (iPad included), mobile hotspots, netbooks, notebooks and smartphones (plus feature phones as Verizon calls it).
Verizon 3G Plans
Tablets, Mobile Hotspots, Netbooks & Notebooks
Similar to Verizon 4G plans for 4G devices, the 5 GB and 10 GB options are available for all 3G devices at $50 and $80 respectively.
If you’re an iPad and/or 3G tablet users currently using or considering AT&T, this might cause you to give Verizon your business:
While AT&T can compete with the lower tier 1 GB and 3 GB plans for $20 and $35 respectively in the iPad and 3G tablet market, power users simply can’t get 5 GB and 10 GB from AT&T. However, Verizon will happily provide them with service.
This naturally makes sense since the pricing on data grouped based on the device you use.
While laptops can naturally suck more data thanks to more intensive applications, there’s no reason why an iPad or 3G tablet which can either use the same or less data altogether shouldn’t have access to the same plan.
Smartphones & Mobile Hotspot Phone Plans
For the purposes of mobile broadband, smartphones now fall into 2 categories:
- Mobile Broadband Smartphones
- Smartphones that can share Mobile Broadband via WiFi
The line between mobile hotspots and smartphones is blurring:
Thanks to newer smartphones being able to broadcast as mobile hotspots much like the Sierra Overdrive or MiFi 2200, they can now act as complete replacements without the need for tethering (connecting to laptops via USB as a modem) to share their internet connection.
Once frowned upon and even disabled by many carriers, the advent of newer smartphones that make the process a simple extension of the phone, are ushering a new era of mobile broadband.
In much the same way cell phones are replacing many ‘home phones’ as their primary line of communication, mobile hotspots and increasingly smartphone mobile hotspots will now have the potential to replace DSL and cable connections as a primary internet connection.
– Mobile Broadband Buyer’s Guide 2.0
Verizon offers one $20 2GB-capped mobile broadband plan for smartphones as well as mobile hotspot smartphones.
However, doing so with the Verizon 2 GB hotspot option for your phone just isn’t going to work no matter how much you play with their cool data calculator.
With overage charges twice that of every other device, it serves as another indication of Verizon’s priority for network quality preservation.
On the other hand, it may simply mean they’d like you to purchase higher priced plans for multiple devices to access the very same network.
Yes, the rumors are true.
Verizon 4G LTE is hands-down the fastest mobile broadband network available in the country. If not for 5 GB and 10 GB caps, it could easily replace your DSL or cable connection.
Next up, Verizon 4G LTE speed tests.
Also part of this 2011 review: