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NetZero 4G Hotspot Review

Posted In Reviews - By Joshua Gannon On Saturday, June 9th, 2012 With 5 Comments

NetZero has always been known for their inexpensive dial up plans. Now, they are catching up to today’s technology with their new 4G Mobile Hotspot. This hotspot is definitely one for customers who don’t feel too good about signing a contract. NetZero’s cheap mobile broadband plans make it hard to turn down, especially since NetZero is offering a free year of service to anyone who purchases this device.

The Hotspot weighs in at about 4 ounces. It’s dimensions are 3.4 x 3.4 x 0.7 inches. It is just a bit too big to fit in your pocket, but it can be easily stored in a backpack or laptop bag. The device features an LCD Screen that indicates signal strength, battery life, and the amount of data that has been used since turned on.

 

There is also a MicroUSB Port on the side of the hotspot, along with a power and volume button. The NetZero 4G Hotspot supports up to 8 users simultaneously. You can also tether via USB.

NetZero 4G runs on CLEAR’s 4G WiMax Network. Clear’s coverage isn’t the best, but it is available in most major cities. However, this device only supports 4G, not 3G. If the NetZero 4G Hotspot had 3G Compatibility, the coverage would’ve been amazing, since most of the country has 3G Coverage.

NetZero currently offers five plans for their 4G Service:

FREE

BASIC

PLUS

PRO

PLATINUM

Monthly Price

$0.00

$9.95

$19.95

$34.95

$49.95

Monthly Data

200 MB

500 MB

1 GB

2 GB

4 GB

The NetZero Free Plan is only valid for one year. If you are looking to buy a hotspot and plan to use a lot of data, this may not be the way to go.  This device is better for people who don’t plan on using too much data.

 

The device only takes 5 seconds to turn on. It then searches for service. You can check if NetZero 4G is available in your area by clicking here. The hotspot costs $99.95.

NetZero claims to have average speeds of 10 mbps down and 1.5 mbps up. During testing, it was getting about 7 mbps down and about 0.9 up. It isn’t the greatest speeds compared to other carriers’ hotspots. The Hotspot can last about 6 hours on a full charge.

This hotspot is a great deal for ”light” internet users. If you are a heavy internet user, it may be best to go with Verizon’s new LTE Hotspot, which promises lightning fast speeds. Overall, the NetZero 4G Hotspot is a great device and it all depends on what your preferences are.

5 comments
Lizettelerma
Lizettelerma

What's up mates, how is all, and what you wish for to say on the topic of this paragraph, in my view its really amazing in favor of me.

Randy Almos
Randy Almos

I heard of this hotspot. I saw it on tv... Definitely sounds like an amazing Internet fallback since it so cheap