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RatesHead Did you know that The Internet is mobile now? Here in the good old U S of A we have a bunch of major MOBILE carriers with more popping up everyday. So it is hard to figure out which plan will give you the most bang for your buck. Before we get started you should know what you want from a plan. Do you need unlimited data for your smartphone or PDA? Maybe you are just going to check email here and there”¦

Do you need a express card or maybe a USB stick for your laptop or netbook to always be connected? The possibilities nowadays are endless. We are going to provide a mobile Internet plan comparison for 3 major United States Carriers and the mobile plans that they have.

Before we talk about the carriers I thought I would give you a little background on mobile broadband internet service. The standard now is 3G on either HSDPA or EVDO you need a card or stick that is compatible with your computer and service. This is a PCMCIA card from Sprint that works on most  older computers:

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You can also get an express card which is shorter and works in most newer laptops or the all around Swiss army knife of the mobile world AKA the USB dongle. Take your pick and with out further ado here is the top 3 mobile broadband companies around my way and there rates in one place for your comparison.

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AT&T

AT&T – I love AT&T other people don’t but I guess it is personal preference. In my neighborhood it works all the time on HSDPA as well as at work. I use it for my Windows Mobile Phone as well as for my tablet and netbooks. For my USB Modem I have the Data Connect 5GB plan which used to be called the unlimited plan. Then people started serving networks off it. If you want an upgrade to a higher speed cap the hit you for another $30 some of my friends have gotten charged another $45. Your mileage will vary!

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VERIZON

VERIZON – Good old Ma’ Bell. Verizon owns all the copper in town and has a great hold on the majority of users in my hood. The price for the 5GB plan is a penny less than AT&T’s and the overage charges are the same as well. You will get a call if you frequently go over and they will offer you a business account. It is usually around another $30 as well. Verizon also offers a smaller 250MB account per month. If you are just a casual user the $40.00 may pan out. But remember going over your allowance and paying overage charges that are more than the more expensive plan is horrible! So plan accordingly! Another plan Verizon offers is the one day pass for a single days internet usage. But it says that PC users can not get this deal”¦

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SPRINT/NEXTEL

SPRINT/NEXTEL Sprint offers the same 5GB plan for $59.99 and offers 4G service in one city (Baltimore) for $79.99. If they had the 4G service in NY this would be my provider already! Lucky Baltimorians!

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Hopefully this mobile Internet plan comparison will help you make a decision. Or if this is all two rich for your blood you could always check out my Windows Mobile guide The Ultimate Guide To Your Windows Mobile Phone [PDF] The Ultimate Guide To Your Windows Mobile Phone [PDF] Read More and look up how to tether internet on your laptop/netbook via your Windows Mobile device. How are you getting Internet on the road? Why don’t you let us know in the comments?

  1. DNAcowboy
    August 11, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Thanxx for the tips. Unfortunately I didn't find any web additional features to their AT&T GOphone plans. I find the Cricket option interesting. I just have to figure out if we can use an unlocked iPhone on their network.

  2. DNAcowboy
    August 11, 2009 at 10:52 am

    What would you recommend for a european visitor like me who will like to have kind of prepaid mobile internet service on his european iPhone while visiting?
    Does it exist in the US? Having a prepaid plan for voice+internet will be a "must" but I'm not sure it does exist in the US.

    • Karl Gechlik
      August 11, 2009 at 11:07 am

      Check out AT&T they do pre-paid and have the iPhone in the US. Maybe they can help you out. COntact them before you come though to make sure!

  3. Dave
    August 7, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I've signed up for Cricket Wireless. Its $40 a month for "unlimited" (read, 5G) data. It is "3G" but their speeds are much slower than the other providers mentioned here. It works and is much cheaper, and there is no committment.

    exn: Wimax is great, but it is only in a few cities. Until it is really pushed out to other areas, it is not really a viable solution for a mobile user.

  4. exn
    August 6, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    haha, these technologies is obsoleted 2 years ago

    50$ = 5G is very funny

    go back to the dinosaurs, wimax is new technologie in my village

  5. Andrew Garrett
    August 6, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Needs details on minimum contract length.

  6. Iambeaker
    August 6, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Cricket Wireless has mobile broadband with 3G (i think) speeds in certain markets. Very reasonable rates with a 5G limit. I have demoed this service and I find it easy to use and fast (for me).

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