WiFiRents Broadband Cards & Mobile Hotspots

WiFiRents Broadband Cards
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WiFiRents offers 5 kinds of broadband devices:

  1. USB Broadband Cards
  2. ExpressCards
  3. PC Cards
  4. Mobile Hotspots
  5. 3G Netbooks

Display “What’s The Difference Between The 3 Kinds of Broadband Cards & Mobile Hotspots”

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.

 

 

WiFiRents USB Broadband Cards & Mobile Hotspot

WiFi Rents Broadband Cards

AT&T Mercury

UM175

MiFi™ 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot (Verizon Wireless)

HP Mini Verizon

Full Review

Sierra Wireless Mercury Review

AT&T USBConnect Mercury
(interactive demo)

UTStarcom UM175

Verizon MiFi 2200

Verizon HP Mini

Video Review

Form Factor

USB Broadband Card

USB Broadband Card

Personal Hotspot

3G Netbook

External Antenna Jack

Yes

No

No

N/A

Max Download Speed Potential

3.6 Mbps

3.1 Mbps

3.1 Mbps

3.1 Mbps

OS Support

2000/XP/Vista/7  & Mac OS X (no Windows NT)

2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7; Mac OS X

Anything that works via WiFi (computers, phones, game consoles, etc)

Windows XP

Network

AT&T 3G Network (GPRS, EDGE, HSPA)

Verizon 3G Network (EVDO Rev. A)

Verizon 3G Network (EVDO Rev. A)

Verizon 3G Network (EVDO Rev. A)

GPS

No

No

Yes

No

Extra Storage

microSD (up to 32 GB)

No

No

80 GB Hard Drive

Support Info

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Price

Included in AirCard Rental Fee

Included in Rental Fee

Included in AirCard Rental Fee

$259 | 1 Week Rental
$419 | 2 Week Rental
Anything longer and you might as well buy the netbook

 

 

WiFiRents ExpressCards & PC Cards

WiFi Rents Broadband Cards

Option GT Ultra Express

v740

Sierra Wireless 881

Verizon 5750

Full Review

Option GT Ultra Express

Novatel V740

Sierra Wireless 881 AirCard

Verizon 5750 PC Card

Video Review

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Form Factor

ExpressCard

ExpressCard

PC Card (PCMCIA)

PC Card (PCMCIA)

External Antenna Jack

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max Download Speed Potential

3.6 Mbps

3.1 Mbps

3.6 Mbps

3.1 Mbps

OS Support

2000/XP/Vista/7  & Mac OS X

2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7; Mac OS X

2000 / XP / Vista / WIndows 7  & Mac OS X

2000 / XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Mac OS

Network

AT&T 3G Network (GPRS, EDGE, HSPA)

Verizon 3G Network (EVDO Rev. A)

AT&T 3G Network (GPRS, EDGE, HSPA)

Verizon 3G Network (EVDO Rev. A)

GPS

No

No

No

No

Extra Storage

No

No

No

No

Support Info

No

Yes

No

Yes

Price

Included in AirCard Rental Fee

Included in Rental Fee

Included in AirCard Rental Fee

Included in AirCard Rental Fee

 

Should You Get It?

Thumbs DownWiFiRents has a good selection of broadband cards in addition to mobile hotspots. Whether you have an older laptop that works with only PC Cards or simply want to keep USB slots free while using an ExpressCard, there’s device for use with AT&T or Verizon.

Not sure which provider to choose?

The quick and dirty way is to think of AT&T as having the fastest 3G network while Verizon has the most 3G coverage (and reliability). Your choice then becomes one of quality vs. speed.

Before making a final decision, check out how they stack up against the competition in the Mobile Broadband Rental Comparison.

Otherwise, you can pick up WiFiRents Broadband Cards or Mobile Hotspots here.

 

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