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Verizon Wireless Announces USB551I 4G LTE Modem

Mar 30 2011, 8:40am CDT | by , in News | Mobile Phones

Verizon Wireless Announces USB551I 4G LTE Modem

New 4G modem works for 3G too

Verizon Wireless is rolling out its LTE 4G network all around the country in a big way. Over the next months many more cities will get connected and eventually the 4G network will cover as much of the country as the 3G network does today. To support the people that want to use the LTE network on their computer Verizon has launched a new LTE modem.

The modem is the Verizon USB551I 4G LTE modem and it will be available on the 4G network starting tomorrow. The modem promises speeds of 5-12Mbps download and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G areas. The modem is small and will be easy to pack up and take with you on the go.

The modem will also allow the user who leaves a 4G area to use a 3G network as well so they can be connected everywhere. The modem supports Windows and Mac 10.4 and up. The modem will sell for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and new 2-year agreement on a 4G mobile data plan.

The mobile data plan at $50 a month gives you only 5GB of bandwidth, so don't go streaming HD movies from Netflix if you buy. The modem is made by Novatel and has a hideaway USB plug to keep it safe in transit. Verizon says over the next three years LTE will come to its entire 3G area.

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