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Prepaid mobile broadband is like a prepaid cell phone.
It’s good for just about anywhere but you’ve got to remember to ‘top up’ or pay in advance. In addition to this, you buy (as opposed to rent) the actual cell phone”.
While Verizon technically has 4 prepaid mobile broadband plans, you’ll find only 3 listed on their site. Take a wild guess on which it might be and find out how your sharp your detective skills were after the summary.
|Plan||Cost||Data Included||Overage Charges||Cancellation Fee|
|75 MB Plan||$15||75 Megabytes for 1 Day||None (connection stops working)||N/A|
|250 MB Plan||$30||250 Megabytes for 1 Week||None (connection stops working)||N/A|
|500 MB Plan||$50||500 Megabtes for 1 Month (30 Days)||None (connection stops working)||N/A|
|Verizon DayPass||$15||Unlimited Usage for 1 Day||None (connection stops working)||N/A|
If you guessed “Verizon Daypass”, you got it right.
While easy to find last year, it’s taken a backseat to Verizon’s publicized prepaid mobile broadband plans. More on why it might be tucked away in a corner of their site in a minute.
75 MB, 250 MB, & 500 MB Prepaid Plans
75 MB, 250 MB, & 500 MB Prepaid Plans differ not only in the amount of data but the length of time available to use it. You’ve got a day, a week and a month (30 days) respectively to use them up. As such, you’ve got to have a pretty good grasp on how long you’ll be needing it for:
- One shot use in an airport?
Get the 75 MB plan Verizon Daypass plan.
- Out of town for a business conference, vacation or visiting relatives for a few days?
Get the 250 MB plan.
- Need light access to the web for work in the field intermittently over the course of the month?
Get the 500 MB plan.
The key to making these plans work is to already have a broadband card, mobile hotspot, or 3G netbook / notebook ready to get the job done. Without the equipment, you’re going nowhere online fast.
While it may cost you more upfront, over the long-term it’ll save you money.
If you know you’ll need it only once every 3 months or so and don’t wish to purchase any equipment, it’ll probably make sense to take a look at mobile broadband rental.
To purchase Verizon Prepaid Mobile Broadband, you’ll need their connection manager.
To purchase Verizon Prepaid Mobile Broadband, you’ll need their connection manager & a compatible device. If you don’t already have one, check out Verizon AirCards & Mobile Hotspot Review for help on picking one out.
The Verizon DayPass is a quirky little character. For the same price as the prepaid 75 MB plan for $15, you get unlimited mobile broadband for one day.
The interesting part about this comes from the fact that the official mobile broadband plans page on Verizon doesn’t list the Verizon DayPass plan as an option anymore.
Conspiracy to make more money? *shrug*
Either way, if you need mobile broadband for only one day and have a broadband device that’ll work with it, go for the Verizon Daypass plan.
For the full details on this little number check out the Verizon DayPass Review.
So How Fast Is It?
To top it off, the real world numbers end up being just much as they advertised (600 Kbps – 1.4 Mbps) & then some.
What About 3G Coverage?
One study shows the carriers being within 1 percentage point of each other’s reliability.
As always, check your coverage (via the link above) before taking a dip in the mobile broadband pool.
What Broadband Cards or Devices Can I Get?
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.
As an added bonus, you can use your existing laptop if it already has a 3G card embedded in it. Don’t have one yet?
Check out 3G Netbooks (affiliate link).
If you’re looking to see how Verizon prepaid mobile broadband matches up to other prepaid 3G providers, check out the Prepaid Mobile Broadband Comparison.
It may help put things in perspective when you see what all of your options are whether you plan to use prepaid mobile broadband regularly or occasionally.
Hop back over to the full Verizon Mobile Broadband Review.