(Image Source: Arstechnica)

 

LAURA JANVIER

 

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

 

NetZero is back — announcing Monday it’s getting into the 4G hotspot game and offering free(ish) 4G Internet. Gigaom reports.

 

“In 1998, NetZero became the first Internet Service Provider to offer free dial-up Internet access; 14 years later it’s doing the same thing except with a different access technology: Mobile broadband. Today NetZero revealed its plans to become a virtual 4G service provider, reselling – or in many cases, giving away – Clearwire’s WiMAX bandwidth.”

Arstechnica says the NetZero 4G hotspot offers a couple of appealing plan options, but if you use a lot of data, you can get better deals elsewhere.

“For customers who live in or travel to Clear 4G areas, consume data in sips rather than gulps, don't want a two-year, and don't have a smartphone hotspot to piggyback...this works. Just don't be too swayed by the lowest-priced or free tiers—you'll use them up faster than you think.”

PCmag agrees — calling NetZero’s 4G hotspot a good choice for a very niche group of users.

"If all you need is 1GB or less of mobile broadband per month, the 4G HotSpot can't be beat. But if your data needs run deeper, you're better off looking elsewhere. Clear and Virgin Mobile are both good places to start. Both carriers offer unlimited data for $50 per month, which means you can even use those hotspots as a primary home Internet connection."

BGR explains one big potential problem for NetZero. With Clearwire as its network partner — service isn’t available everywhere.

“NetZero’s 4G service utilizes Clearwire’s WiMAX network, which covers 82 cities across the United States and their surrounding areas. That’s it.”

Take a look at the NetZero coverage map. The service is offered in cities around the country including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

NetZero 4G offers unique contract options setting it apart from other wireless network providers.  Gizmodo says it doesn't come with any two-year contracts or overage fees. You can sign up one month and then stop it the next month. If you reach your data limit, you can pay for the next tier or stop using it.

“Ha! Makes sense, doesn't it? NetZero 4G may not be as advanced as other wireless hotspots from the big bully carriers but it sure seems to be the most reasonable.”

CNET reports signing up for the NetZero 4G hotspot is an advantage for customers who don’t want to bother with commitment.

“NetZero says there's no contract required and no other fees involved. The equipment price also includes a one-year free trial of 4G mobile Internet access.”

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NetZero Gets Into the 4G Hotspot Game

(Image Source: Arstechnica)

 

LAURA JANVIER

 

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY

 

NetZero is back — announcing Monday it’s getting into the 4G hotspot game and offering free(ish) 4G Internet. Gigaom reports.

 

“In 1998, NetZero became the first Internet Service Provider to offer free dial-up Internet access; 14 years later it’s doing the same thing except with a different access technology: Mobile broadband. Today NetZero revealed its plans to become a virtual 4G service provider, reselling – or in many cases, giving away – Clearwire’s WiMAX bandwidth.”

Arstechnica says the NetZero 4G hotspot offers a couple of appealing plan options, but if you use a lot of data, you can get better deals elsewhere.

“For customers who live in or travel to Clear 4G areas, consume data in sips rather than gulps, don't want a two-year, and don't have a smartphone hotspot to piggyback...this works. Just don't be too swayed by the lowest-priced or free tiers—you'll use them up faster than you think.”

PCmag agrees — calling NetZero’s 4G hotspot a good choice for a very niche group of users.

"If all you need is 1GB or less of mobile broadband per month, the 4G HotSpot can't be beat. But if your data needs run deeper, you're better off looking elsewhere. Clear and Virgin Mobile are both good places to start. Both carriers offer unlimited data for $50 per month, which means you can even use those hotspots as a primary home Internet connection."

BGR explains one big potential problem for NetZero. With Clearwire as its network partner — service isn’t available everywhere.

“NetZero’s 4G service utilizes Clearwire’s WiMAX network, which covers 82 cities across the United States and their surrounding areas. That’s it.”

Take a look at the NetZero coverage map. The service is offered in cities around the country including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

NetZero 4G offers unique contract options setting it apart from other wireless network providers.  Gizmodo says it doesn't come with any two-year contracts or overage fees. You can sign up one month and then stop it the next month. If you reach your data limit, you can pay for the next tier or stop using it.

“Ha! Makes sense, doesn't it? NetZero 4G may not be as advanced as other wireless hotspots from the big bully carriers but it sure seems to be the most reasonable.”

CNET reports signing up for the NetZero 4G hotspot is an advantage for customers who don’t want to bother with commitment.

“NetZero says there's no contract required and no other fees involved. The equipment price also includes a one-year free trial of 4G mobile Internet access.”

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