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NetZero launches WiMAX mobile broadband product in 80 cities

Mon, 03/19/2012 - 2:37pm
Andrew Berg, Wireless Week

NetZero 4G HotSpot and NetZero 4G StickNetZero Wireless, a subsidiary of United Online, today announced the launch of NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband in more than 80 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Miami.

The service is based on WiMAX network technology, but press releases from the company did not identify which network the new service leverages.

"NetZero is bridging the digital divide by letting consumers purchase a secure, quality mobile broadband service at very affordable prices, with plans designed to meet the consumers' data needs," said Mark R. Goldston, chairman, president and CEO of United Online.

Customers can set their plan speed at LightSpeed, which delivers download speeds of up to 1 Mbps, or WarpSpeed, which provides download speeds of up to 10 Mbps.

Plans start for free, with a 200 MB LightSpeed plan and required purchase of a hotspot or USB dongle (limited to one year). After that, the Basic plan goes for $9.95 and includes 500 MB of data at LightSpeed. The Plus Plan, which includes 1 GB of WarpSpeed service, runs $19.95, followed by Pro ($34.95 for 2 GB) and Platinum ($49.95 for 4 GB) plans, both of which run on WarpSpeed.

All data plans, including the free plan, require the purchase of one of two access devices: the NetZero 4G HotSpot and the NetZero 4G Stick. The NetZero 4G HotSpot simultaneously supports up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices within a 150-foot range. The NetZero 4G Stick supports a single laptop or netbook via a USB port. The NetZero 4G HotSpot costs $99.95, and the NetZero 4G Stick costs $49.95.

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