updated 10:05 am EDT, Mon October 4, 2010
Verizon Fivespot 3G router made official
Verizon today officially unveiled the Fivespot, the first portable router to support both Verizon's native 3G as well as world roaming. The ZTE-made router can share its access with up to five devices on Wi-Fi either on EVDO at home or up to 7.2Mbps HSPA around the world, including on the 850MHz and 1,900MHz bands used by AT&T and most Canadian carriers. Verizon preloads a SIM card for its official plans but hasn't said if the HSPA portion is unlocked.
The simple device doesn't have extras beyond VPN support but should be relatively inexpensive, costing $100 for those who buy it on a two-year plan and fill in for a $100 mail-in rebate.
Data access on the Fivespot can use either Verizon's regular subscription data plans, which provide 250MB and 5GB of data a month for $40 and $60 respectively, or opt for newer prepaid data plans. The tiers start at $15 for a single day with 100MB of data and scale up to $30 for 300MB over one week, $50 for one month and 1GB, and $80 for 5GB in one month. Frequent travelers can either pay per use or get $130 and $230 monthly plans that provide 5GB of data in both the US and Canada with either 100MB or 200MB of transfers in other countries.