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By Myriam Joire posted Mar 19th 2012 7:05AM
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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 Lighspeed and limited to one year)
Basic, $9.95, 500MB (limited to Lighspeed)
Plus, $19.95, 1GB
Pro, $34.95, 2GB
Platinum, $49.95, 4GB

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Hmmm, I smell fail...
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How interesting. Quite a gamble, but those prices are extremely low. Lets see what happens in the coming months.

EDIT: Wait, does that price include phone service too? or is that just data? If it's just data, that is infact a rip off. If it includes voice, and text, then wow.

EDIT2: nvm. It's not that great.
Edited by Mad Pistol - 3/19/12 at 7:01am
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What a ripoff!!
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How interesting. Quite a gamble, but those prices are extremely low. Lets see what happens in the coming months.

confused.gif They're no lower than AT&T or Verizon's tiered data offerings, iirc, so it's really not any cheaper to go with them. I guess it's nice that it's their non-contract price and that at least someone is trying to compete with the big boys. I suppose time will tell...

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Verizon's pricing for data

AT&T pricing for data
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Lightspeed (up to 1Mbps down / 384Kbps up)

 

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confused.gif They're no lower than AT&T or Verizon's tiered data offerings, iirc, so it's really not any cheaper to go with them. I guess it's nice that it's their non-contract price and that at least someone is trying to compete with the big boys. I suppose time will tell...

I edited my post, see above.
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Well, the pricing sucks, but if it gets better, we can at least be happy that wired cable internet prices may drop to compete..someday.
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Those prices aren't bad considering it's non-contract mobile broadband. If the service coverage pans out (source said coverage was acceptable but spotty), I would sooner use that than one of the big-players and their unforgiving packages and contracts.
    
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Those prices aren't bad considering it's non-contract mobile broadband. If the service coverage pans out (source said coverage was acceptable but spotty), I would sooner use that than one of the big-players and their unforgiving packages and contracts.

Pretty much agree with that, I think you nailed it. I think many people are fed up with Verizon and AT&T for calling plans and data plans, and if offered another non-contract choice that offered semi-comparable performance people would leave the big two pretty quickly. I know a lot of people in my area that waited to see how Verizon and AT&T's LTE network panned out, and when they saw it wasn't really any better than Sprint they jumped ship because of the unlimited data and fairly reliable coverage for significantly less money. I really hope this works out for them, and even though I don't think they can make a significant dent into the coffers of V and AT&T, I think there might be enough social media pressure generated on those two that perhaps some improvements might be made to their networks *crosses fingers*
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Pretty much agree with that, I think you nailed it. I think many people are fed up with Verizon and AT&T for calling plans and data plans, and if offered another non-contract choice that offered semi-comparable performance people would leave the big two pretty quickly. I know a lot of people in my area that waited to see how Verizon and AT&T's LTE network panned out, and when they saw it wasn't really any better than Sprint they jumped ship because of the unlimited data and fairly reliable coverage for significantly less money. I really hope this works out for them, and even though I don't think they can make a significant dent into the coffers of V and AT&T, I think there might be enough social media pressure generated on those two that perhaps some improvements might be made to their networks *crosses fingers*

But Netzero is just using the Verizon or AT&T 4g networks...says so in the article they're becoming an MVNO. You're still using one of the big two mobile ISPs, just through NetZero.
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