The newest Verizon router allows those that can’t get broadband or DSL service, but do have a cell signal, to have a relatively fast Internet connection. Let’s take a look at the specifications of the router. Then we’ll review the Internet plans Verizon offers.
Verizon Routers Deliver Faster Internet Speeds
In fact, this Verizon 4G LTE router delivers download speeds that are several times as fast as dialup. Users can expect download speeds of between 5 and 12 Mbps and upload speed of between 2 and 5 Mbps. It does this by connecting to Verizon’s 4G LTE wireless network. Since it is a router, it shares that bandwidth with a combination wired and wireless network that provides for up to 10 devices.
Being a wireless network device, you can unplug and take this Verizon router with you. Plug it in and let it connect to the wireless network and you’re ready to provide a house or office with an instant WiFi network. Do you want to spend the weekend at the beach with friends, but don’t want to miss the games? No problem — plug it into a generator or inverter and you won’t miss a minute of your favorite games. Better yet, your TV provider may provide Internet access to networks streaming the games to a tablet or laptop and outputting the video to a TV, or directly to a WiFi-enabled TV.
It also has a phone connection on the back, with the three Ethernet ports for the wired data network. Since it’s a cellular device, this also means you can take your number with you, like your cell phone, by plugging in a wired phone.
Verizon 4G LTE Plans for Use with Portable Internet Router
The new Verizon router is free. Yep, free. However, there is a pretty big string attached — a two-year contract is required.
Otherwise, for month-to-month use, you’re going to pay over $250. The plans are based upon your projections for data usage and they include a flat fee of $20 a month for line access. All plans offer shared data with your connected Verizon devices and unlimited talk and text for enabled devices. There are also plans available for data-only devices, like laptops and desktops and WiFi-only tablets.
The plan with the lowest throughput (the amount of data transferred) cap gives you 4 GB of data. For $30 a month, you’ll be able to connect a 4G LTE router anywhere the Verizon network is available, as well as no charge for long distance or roaming. Four gigabytes will allow checking email and streaming three movies from Netflix.
If you go $10 more, your data limit jumps to 6 GB a month. Another benefit of this new Verizon router is that it allows you to create a mobile hotspot anywhere you go. However, if you go over your data allowance, they charge you $15 per gigabyte of overage. An HD movie can easily be 1 GB or more.
Your data cap goes up to 10 GB for $60 per month. This is an ideal plan for someone that can’t otherwise get high speed data and will use it to check email, do a little surfing, and watch a couple movies a month. Standard digital mobile phone features, such as call waiting and caller ID, are included.
If you need more data, like 20 GB a month, you’ll be paying over $100 a month. You’ll be able to have a hotspot for up to 10 devices, as well as the wired and wireless router functions. Another option that all plans share is for you to set data limits for individual members of the data sharing network.
The largest throughput cap is 50 GB, which has a price tag of $335 a month. All plans available for use with this device allow you to keep track of data usage by sending alerts via email and/or text. You can also access your account online to check on your usage. I also like that you can change your data cap midstream without incurring added fees or extending the two-year contract.
Final Conclusions about this Verizon Router
As something to take advantage of its go-anywhere nature, this setup is great for those that don’t use much data every month. In contrast, some Satellite Internet providers cap you at 10 GB a month during the day, but give unlimited nighttime usage with lower prices. The reviewers in the tech press had similar reactions: pretty cool device and idea, but the data plan caps are unreasonable.