Verizon is upping their offerings in the 4G LTE mobile broadband game with the addition of two new modems that will connect users in 39 cities and 59 more cities to the speedy Verizon 4G network. The new Samsung Mobile Hotspot has arrived at Verizon and will soon be joined by a smaller USB 4G LTE Modem that works with Windows and Mac.
While you are in 4G coverage these two modems will offer you download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps and when you are in Verizon 3G areas, you will still be able to connect.
The Samsung Mobile Hotspot SCH–LC11 is available to order now for $99 after an instant $50 online discount and a 2 year contract. The Samsung Mobile Hotspot allows you to connect up to 5 WiFi devices to the internet over the 4G or 3G cellular connection. This includes notebooks, tablets like the iPad, game consoles or pretty much any device with WiFi.
Novatel has also announced a new 4G USB modem for Verizon. The Verizon USB551L is 50% smaller than the existing 4G USB modems and is compatible with Windows and Mac. The Verizon USB551L is $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate or $50 instant online rebate with a 2 year contract. The Verizon USB551L will be available for purchase on March 31st 2011.
While you can turn your HTC Thunderbolt, a 4G Verizon Android smartphone, into a wireless hotspot, these offerings allow you to do so without a voice plan. Also, given the battery life on the HTC Thunderbolt you may prefer to have a separate device for connecting to Verizon 4G.
Verizon 4G mobile broadband plans start at #$50 for 5GB of Data. Additional plans offer 10GB for $80 a month. Both plans offer an additional GB of data for $10.