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Verizon Now Selling New Mobile Hotspot for $20

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This 4G LTE Hotspot will be a mere $20 after a $50 mail-in rebate and signing a 2-year contract with Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Wireless said on Tuesday that it will begin offering the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot MiFi 5510L starting January 3. Developed by Novatel Wireless, the device will obviously run on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, and cost a mere $19.99 USD (after a $50 mail-in rebate) once customers sign a new two-year contract.

"A dedicated mobile hotspot device means being able to securely connect three, five or in many cases up to 10 different Wi-Fi-enabled devices without cables, maintaining and increasing productivity in and outside the office or the home," Verizon said. "Using a mobile hotspot, construction site supervisors can get access to architectural plans online, or an entrepreneur can deliver a presentation at the spur of the moment."

The Jetpack comes with advanced security features, including WPA2/WEP security, VPN support and more. Pricing for the compatible Share Everything plans range from 1 GB @ $50 per month to 10 GB @ $100 per month. Need more than that? Additional plans range from 12 GB @ $110 per month to 50 GB @ $375 per month. Want to add the Jetpack to an existing data plan instead? That will be $20 per month, please.

"The ability to share the hotspot among devices means that no one has to be off-line in meetings, airports and other non-traditional work spaces," Verizon said. "A visiting lecturer at a university who needs to have materials available to share with students or real estate agents who are showcasing properties on the road have instant access virtually anywhere."

Hotspot devices are ideal when users don't have a smartphone with hotspot capabilities, or they have a hotspot-capable phone but is limited to the number of connected devices. They're also great if you want to leave your hotspot-capable smartphone open for sending and receiving calls.

Verizon's new Mobile Hotspot MiFi 5510L will likely be available to purchase online on Thursday, and in retail stores in the coming weeks.

 

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    iknowhowtofixit , January 31, 2013 5:07 PM
    Google cell service couldn't come soon enough....
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    _kardon_ , January 31, 2013 5:12 PM
    With these small data limits and high prices Verizon might as well issue a public statement that they are against innovation.
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    junger , January 31, 2013 5:40 PM
    Sounds like a rip off.
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    RabidFace , January 31, 2013 5:44 PM
    Or, you can root your Android device and get free USB/Wi-Fi tethering and use the data you are already paying for ;)  I still will never understand any carrier that charges you extra just to be able to use your phone as a hotspot. It's my data, I will use it as I please. Doesn't matter if it's being used by my phone or laptop, it's all the same data. Please understand this carriers. People like myself hotspot another phone or laptop once in a blue moon, and the less than a hundred megs being used is not hurting the network.

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    ddpruitt , January 31, 2013 5:49 PM
    $50 off upfront so you pay $1200 minimum over two years.

    Sadly mostly people would actually see this as a great deal :/ 

    You can tell their taking most of the people who buy this thing as fools when they're offering you something you already get for free.

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    "A visiting lecturer at a university who needs to have materials available to share with students"
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    john15v16 , January 31, 2013 6:34 PM
    ...ok..am I missing something here..don't really see the consumer demand for this type of device anymore when we can simply tether with android on unlimited 4G data plans....
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    p05esto , January 31, 2013 8:01 PM
    I will jump ship from Verizon the MOMENT another company offers unlimited download for a resonable price. It should be illegal for companies to change for usage, this is total BS. This is for the good the country and innovation that the web is free and not restricting users based on how much data they use. Total BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    p05esto , January 31, 2013 8:03 PM
    john15v16...ok..am I missing something here..don't really see the consumer demand for this type of device anymore when we can simply tether with android on unlimited 4G data plans....


    Um, unlimited data with who exactly?
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    Anonymous , January 31, 2013 9:03 PM
    It's a niche market. As the author states in the article,
    "Hotspot devices are ideal when users don't have a smartphone with hotspot capabilities, or they have a hotspot-capable phone but is limited to the number of connected devices. They're also great if you want to leave your hotspot-capable smartphone open for sending and receiving calls."

    So while most people will be happy with just a smart phone for tethering, there are some who may find this device useful. For example, if you want LTE speeds for your whole family but don't want to get them all LTE speed phones and you don't want to drain the battery on your phone. Or, if you want to take your phone with you but you want to leave the LTE internet network in your car for your wife/husband and/or kids to use.
    This also makes a pretty good home router replacement. It's a bit pricey compared to a home router/cable internet, but it allows you to pick it up and take it with you if you want. For example, if you have an old iPhone that doesn't support 4g LTE, and can't or won't upgrade yet, but you still want internet in your home and stuff you may consider getting this device.
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    Anonymous , January 31, 2013 9:48 PM
    Unlimited data all day long with Sprint as long as you are in one of their 4G areas or mediocre 3G but hey at least it's unlimited..
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    Camikazi , February 1, 2013 12:09 AM
    p05estoUm, unlimited data with who exactly?

    I'm still on unlimited but I got it just before they got rid of it. I am dreading the day I want to upgrade my phone :/ 
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    junger , February 1, 2013 6:22 PM
    p05estoUm, unlimited data with who exactly?


    I thought Sprint had unlimited, but not sure if it's unlimited or "unlimited."