updated 04:30 pm EST, Wed December 30, 2009
New entrant vows no 3G cap, contracts
DataJack has promised heated competition in wide-area wireless with the launch of its own 3G service. The provider promises to be the first in years to drop the 5GB bandwidth cap imposed at rivals like AT&T and Verizon and will offer true unlimited access, making it useful as a regular and not just part-time Internet connection. Contracts also aren't required and should let customers jump to another provider at any time without a penalty.
The modem launching with the service promises to be advanced and may be one of the few to support more than one US carrier's 3G. DataJack claims quad-band support that includes AT&T's 850MHz band as well as T-Mobile's 1,700MHz (AWS), although it's unclear if this includes 3G for both. The USB-based device has its own microSDHC card slot for extra storage and should work with Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.
Even while new, DataJack plans to undercut established providers in price and will charge just $40 for its monthly service versus $60 at virtually every larger provider. The necessary modem will sometimes cost less as it should cost $100 outright. Precise availability hasn't been determined, but more will come with a formal introduction at CES next week. [via Chip Chick]