If you’re anxious to see what all the “4G” mobile broadband fuss is about but you don’t want to get locked into a two-year contract, Clearwire’s “Rover” service might be worth a look.
You purchase the “Rover Puck” cellular hotspot for $150 and then use it to share Clearwire’s 4G data connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices. There’s also a $100 “Rover Stick,” which is a USB modem for use with any notebook or desktop computer.
Service is available at five dollars per day, $20 per week, or $50 per month with no contract. You’ll have to be within Clearwire’s coverage area, which is mainly found in the Northwest, parts of California, Texas, and a handful of cities on the East Coast.
The Rover hardware can be purchased directly from the company and will also be available in Best Buy stores.
This is a very good deal if you live in one of the coverage areas or travel to one of the coverage areas frequently. With most 3G service priced at $60 per month with a two-year contract, being able to get unlimited 4G service for $10 less per month and no contract doesn’t leave much to think about if you’re in the market for something like this. The five dollar unlimited day pass, too, is a better deal than you’ll be able to find just about anywhere else.
As far as connection speeds go, Rover promises “mobile download speeds of three to six mbps, with bursts over 10 mbps (up to 4x faster than conventional 3G),” according to the company’s press release.
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