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NetZero launches ‘4G’ wireless service, we go hands-on

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NetZero launches '4G' wireless service, we go hands-on

Remember NetZero? Today the company announced that it’s launching NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband, a wireless service rolling out in 80 US cities and offering value-priced monthly data plans without activation fees, contracts, commitments or overage charges. Customers can chose between two levels of service — Lightspeed (up to 1Mbps down / 384Kbps up) to conserve data and Warpspeed (up to 10Mbps down / 1.5Mbps up) for maximum performance — and can switch back and forth by simply logging into NetZero’s website (this can take up to 15 minutes). Five monthly data plans are available:

  • Free, $0, 200MB (limited to Lightspeed and limited to one year)
  • Basic, $9.95, 500MB (limited to Lightspeed)
  • Plus, $19.95, 1GB
  • Pro, $34.95, 2GB
  • Platinum, $49.95, 4GB

Two devices are offered — the NetZero 4G Stick ($49.95 + shipping) is a Windows and OS X-compatible USB modem and the NetZero 4G Hotspot ($99.95 + shipping) is an eight device-capable WiFi hotspot with an LCD and a 2,200mAh battery.

So far, so good — NetZero is becoming an MVNO. Yet strangely, there’s no mention in any of the PR as to which network the company is using. We test drove NetZero’s new wireless service over the weekend using the WiFi hotspot and figured out that it’s using Clearwire‘s WiMAX network. In fact NetZero’s 4G Stick is identical to the Clear 4G Mobile USB modem (manufactured by Ubee), and its 4G Hotspot is the same as the www.enga dget.com/2011/07/25/clearwire-announces-99-clear-spot-4g-apollo-hotspot/”>Clear Spot Apollo (a rather bulky unit made by Gemtek)– see the FCC links below and read on for our impressions after the break.

Gallery: NetZero 4G Hotspot hands-on

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