updated 09:20 am EDT, Wed June 10, 2009
Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go
Virgin Mobile USA on Wednesday announced it will soon offer a pre-paid 3G Internet access service called Broadband2Go. Users will need to buy a Novatel MC760 USB modem, which will access the web via Sprint's EV-DO Revisoin A network. The modem plugs into the USB ports on Mac, Windows, or Linux computers and has an internal dual-band diversity antenna with an option for an external antenna for better performance in remote areas. There is also a microSDHC slot in the modem that allows users to add as much as 16GB of storage.
To keep track of their usage, customers can access a real-time usage monitor that has a simpler "Remaining Megabytes of Use" display.
The MC760 modem will be available for purchase solely at Best Buy Mobile in late June for $150, while data rates are fixed at $10 for 100MB, $20 for 250MB, $40 for 600MB and $60 for 1GB. If not used up, the $10 bundle expires 10 days after purchase, while the others have a 30-day lifespan. There are no associated activation fees or roaming charges for the service.