T-Mobile webConnect Jet | Broadband Card Review

T-Mobile webConnect Jet
T-Mobile AirCards & Broadband Cards 
 

The webConnect Jet, T-Mobile’s 2nd 3G broadband card, makes a couple improvements over it’s predecessor the webConnect. While they look identical at a glance, closer inspection reveaks 2 distinct differences.

The original T-Mobile webConnect has support for international roaming. While the newer Jet does not, it packs a 8 GB microSD slot. Besides these 2 features, there’s not much of a difference (except respective colors).

 

T-Mobile webConnect Jet
In reality the webConnect Jet is not nearly as large. However, zooming in this close allows you to peek at the microSD slot off to the left.

 

 

Stuff You Should Know (Good & Bad)

Design & Aesthetics

The T-Mobile webConnect Jet borrows greatly from the webConnect. The biggest difference in appearance is the absence of green in the Jet in favor of a grey/silver chrome finish. Also, the Jet is 0.2 inches shorter (though you’ll hardly notice unless comparing side-by-side).

T-Mobile webConnect USB sizes

The webConnect has practically an identical build to the webConnect Jet (its successor). The only difference (though hardly noticeable) is the Jet’s 3.2″ length being a tad shorter than the 3.4″ of the webConnect above.

 

With a rotating ‘swivel’ USB connector, it can point horizontally as well as vertically. Also, weighing in at 1.1 ounces, it’s as heavy as 6 quarters and will feel lighter in your pocket than a wallet.

webConnect Jet

As I recommend to all MBR Buyer’s Guide readers, definitely insert similar cards vertically to avoid breaking your broadband card like I did.

 

How I Broke My AirCard

My broadband card was just never the same…don’t forget you have it plugged in.

 

 

 

Features

Summary:T-Mobile webConnect Jet

  • microSD™ memory slot up to 8GB
  • Automatically connects to broadband connections
  • Compatible with Windows Vista and XP or Mac OS X or higher
  • Dimensions: 3.2 inches (h) x 1.1 inches (w) x 0.5 inch (d)
  • Weight: 1.1 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: GSM, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA

 

Besides the aforementioned microSD slot, the webConnect Jet doesn’t have any other major features.

While it does allow you to connect to all T-Mobile hotspots for free, this is enabled through the connection manager software and not the device itself.

 

 

 

What’s Speed & Coverage Like?

T-Mobile 3G Speed

 

The webConnect Jet works on T-Mobile’s HSPDA 3G network (not it’s lightning fast HSPA+ 21 Mbps network). Here’s a synopsis of what to expect with speed and coverage depending on which network you’re on:

Mobile Broadband Provider

T-Mobile

Speed 4 Stars
Advertised Download Speed Up to 1 Mbps
Real (Tested) Download Speed 868 kbps
Advertised Upload Speed N / A
Real (Tested) Upload Speed 311 kbps
   
Coverage 3 Stars
Regional or National? National

Check Coverage

 

Since T-Mobile’s 3G coverage isn’t as large as Sprint, Verizon & AT&T, be sure to check out the 3G coverage review to see if you’re covered.

If you’re concerned about data caps then take a look at “How Much is 5GB & Is It Enough” to avoid overage charges.

 

 

Should You Get It?

T-Mobile webConnect Jet

If you’ve got no plans to travel internationally with your card (it’d cost you an arm and a leg anyway if you did), the webConnect Jet is available for free (aff link).

There’s one catch though…

T-Mobile’s upped the ante once again with the release of a successor to the webConnect Jet. The not so ironically named webConnect Rocket will be able to take advantage of the faster 7.2 Mbps and 21 Mbps speed upgrades that T-Mobile has underway (the Jet can get up to 3.6 Mbps).

If you’re the kind of person that likes to future-proof your device, you’ll definitely want to take a look at the webConnect Rocket.

Since you’ll be in a contract for 2 years, it only makes sense to be prepared for what’s in store.

Related:

T-Mobile webConnect Review

T-Mobile webConnect Rocket Review

2010 T-Mobile AirCard & Broadband Card Review

2010 Broadband Card Comparison

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1 Comment

  1. CJ says:


    well after fighting with t-mobile for 3 1/2 weeks i just found out this card has problems that they do not know how to fix! iv had it replaced 3 times the sim card replaced 1 time. iv also been told ever story under the sun from towers being down to state wide network problems whenthe hole time t-mobile knew this card is a big problem!


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