2010 Verizon AirCard & Broadband Card Reviews

For the most recent info, see the Verizon 4G Broadband Cards & Mobile Hotspots Review

2010 Verizon Broadband Cards
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If you’re looking for a Verizon AirCard or broadband card or you’ve got 4 options:

  1. USB Broadband Cards
  2. Mobile Hotspots
  3. ExpressCards
  4. PC Cards (PCMCIA)

If you’ve read “How To Pick The Best Broadband Card” from the Mobile Broadband Buyer’s Guide, you already know that ExpressCards and PC Cards (the oldest of the bunch) are being phased out in favor of USB broadband cards.

The proof is in the pudding:

Card Types Compared
Where does it go?

In short, USB Broadband cards take up less space and are compatible with practically any computer (PC, Laptops, MacBooks & Netbooks) & operating system (Windows XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS X, Linux, etc).

Where Do Mobile Hotspots Come In?

Verizon MiFi

Mobile hotspots (also called personal hotspots) are the Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porsches of broadband devices. They’re new, they’re hot, they’re slick and do a bunch of things you Honda Accord won’t do.

Personal hotspots receive mobile broadband connections from towers (like your cell phone) & broadcast it via WiFi like a wireless router.

In doing so, suddenly you no longer worry about compatibility and support for netbooks, laptops, linux, windows or Mac. Instead, you’re figuring out how you can connect your WiFi enabled phone, printer,  iTouch, camera and even digital photo frames. To stack the cool even more, you might just have GPS thrown in for good measure.

Which Verizon Broadband Card or Mobile Hotspot Can I Get?

Like I mentioned before, you’ve got 4 types of mobile broadband devices from Verizon. Here’s a side-by-side comparison of each by category:

Verizon AirCard / Broadband Card Verizon Wireless USB760 Modem ZTE AD3700 Verizon USB1000 Global USB Modem Verizon UMW190 Global USB Modem
Full Review Novatel Ovation USB760 Broadband Card Verizon ZTE AD3700 Verizon Wireless USB1000 Global USB Modem (coming soon) Verizon Wireless UMW190 Global USB Modem (coming soon)
Video Review N/A N/A
Form Factor USB Broadband Card USB Broadband Card USB Broadband Card USB Broadband Card
External Antenna Jack Yes (External Antenna Conector) Yes (External Antenna Conector) Yes (External Antenna Conector) Yes (External Antenna Conector)
Max Download Speed Potential 3.1 Mbps 3.1 Mbps 3.1 Mbps 3.1 Mbps
OS Compatibility 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7; Mac OS X 10.4 or higher; Linux 2000 / XP / Vista; Not compatible with Mac OS XP / Vista; Not compatible with Mac OS 2000 / XP / Vista; Works with Mac OS
Network Compatibility Verizon 3G Network (EVDO Rev. A) Verizon 3G Network & everyone internationally

  • CDMA 1xEV–DO Rev. A/Rev. 0: 800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA: 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • GPRS/UMTS
Verizon 3G Network & everyone internationally

  • CDMA 1xEV–DO Rev. A/Rev. 0: 800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA: 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • GPRS/UMTS
Verizon 3G Network & everyone internationally

  • CDMA 1xEV–DO Rev. A/Rev. 0: 800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA: 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • GPRS/UMTS
GPS No No No No
Extra Storage microSD (up to 8 GB) No No No
Support Info Yes Yes Yes Yes
Price

Free On The Spot

Still trying to find you a deal… for now Verizon has it here Still trying to find you a deal… for now Verizon has it here Still trying to find you a deal… for now Verizon has it here

Verizon Mobile Hotspot MiFi™ 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot (Verizon Wireless)
Full Review Verizon MiFi 2200
Video Review
Interactive Demo MiFi Interactive Demo

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External Antenna Jack No
Max Download Speed Potential 3.1 Mbps
OS Compatibility Anything that works via WiFi (computers, phones, game consoles, etc)
Network Compatibility Verizon 3G Network (EVDO Rev. A)
GPS Yes
Extra Storage No
Battery Life 4 Hours (with one device)
Support Info Yes
Price

Free On The Spot

Verizon AirCard / Broadband Card Verizon PC770 ExpressCard / PC Card
Full Review Verizon PC770 2-in-1 Card & ExpressCard (coming soon)
Video Review N/A
Form Factor 2-in-1 ExpressCard / PC Card (via an adapter)
External Antenna Jack Yes (External Antenna Connector)
Max Download Speed Potential 3.1 Mbps
OS Compatibility 2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7; Mac OS X 10.4.0 or higher
Network Compatibility Verizon 3G Network (1xEV–DO Rev.A/0; 1xRTT; 800, 1900 MHz)
GPS No
Extra Storage No
Support Info Yes
Price Still trying to find you a deal… for now Verizon has it here

Retired Models

So Does Verizon Mobile Broadband Make The Cut?

Question

Whether Verizon makes the cut has just as much to do with broadband cards as it does mobile broadband plans, 3G speed & 3G coverage. Here’s a brief recap of what we’ve covered in this 2010 Verizon Mobile Broadband Review:

Verizon Mobile Broadband Plans

With a variety of postpaid and prepaid plans, Verizon mobile broadband has a 3G plan for just about everyone. Just watch those data caps.

Verizon 3G Speed

Verizon 3G speed is second in line right behind AT&T the “nation’s fastest 3G network”. However, they’re a full 20% more reliable than ‘ma bell’.

Verizon 3G Coverage

Verizon 3G Coverage ties with Sprint for the largest mobile broadband network title. One study shows the carriers being within 1 percentage point of each other’s reliability.

Verizon AirCards, Broadband Cards & Mobile Hotspots

There’s a wide selection of Verizon AirCards, broadband cards and mobile hotspots to choose from. While Sprint has a few more, there’s more than enough here to go around.

Get a Verizon Broadband Card or Mobile Hotspot For Free

Buy Broadband Cards

If you feel like Verizon mobile broadband makes the cut, pick up a broadband card for free and start enjoying the internet without wires.

The beauty of it is that you can test it out for a week, cancel and get a full refund (if you even paid anything) it’s not working out for you.

If you decide to get mobile broadband through one of the links above, I do make some money. Just some full disclosure. Besides, every broadband card is free or puts money in your pocket. Talk about win-win.

Still Not Sure?

If you’ve got doubts on whether Verizon makes the cut for you, your best bet falls into one of two options:

1. See how Verizon mobile broadband compares to the competition in the Wireless Broadband Service Comparison

2. Learn everything you need to know before, during and after buying mobile broadband in the Mobile Broadband Buyer’s Guide.

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1 Comment

  1. 秋冬 スタンドカラージャケット 注目 says:


    Amazing! This blog looks exactly like my old one!
    It’s on a entirely different subject but it has pretty much the same page layout and design.

    Wonderful choice of colors!


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