Verizon Introduces Global 3G USB Modem
The USB1000 Global Modem gives travelers Internet access in countries using either CDMA or GSM networks.
Verizon Wireless is trying to help keep globe-trotters connected with the release of a 3G USB modem that works in various countries.
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The USB1000 Global Modem is a dongle that plugs into laptops to access Verizon's mobile broadband network. The modem can operate on Verizon's EV-DO Rev. A network in the United States, as well as GSM or various 3G networks in other countries. Verizon is partly owned by Vodafone and is leveraging this relationship to provide mobile broadband access across the globe.
The modem is made by Novatel Wireless and costs $150 after a mail-in rebate and a service agreement. The largest U.S. carrier provides a variety of plan options for the USB1000, including a $130 monthly option that gives users 5 GB of data in the United States and 100 MB abroad. A $220 monthly plan gives users 200 MB of data in international markets, and 5 GB of data in the United States.
Cellular carriers are placing a stronger emphasis on mobile data packages, which can provide a strong revenue stream as traditional voice revenue declines. The largest growth area is coming from smartphones such as the BlackBerry Storm, T-Mobile's G1, and the iPhone, but standalone data packages are also on the rise.
Mobile operators are diversifying the ways users can subscribe to mobile data packages as well. Along with USB dongles like the Global Modem, Verizon is selling a device that gives users a portable Wi-Fi cloud, as well as offering subsidized netbooks with 3G connections.
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