Now that I’m nearing the end of my two-year mobile broadband contract with Verizon, I’m weighing my options. I’ve actually been doing that for a few months now. But today Verizon is offering another choice: pay-as-you-go mobile broadband. That’s one of the appealing factors I’ve seen with Clear’s WiMAX — you can get a day pass, or go month-to-month. Unfortunately, there’s not enough coverage where I need it for WiMAX. But there is for Verizon’s 3G or I obviously wouldn’t have used it for the past few years. Here’s a breakdown of the new plans:
- Daily – $15 for 75 MB
- Weekly – $30 for 250 MB
- Monthly – $50 for 500 MB
For the truly mobile that work on the road every day, the standard $60 a month deal over two years makes the most sense on a cost per megabyte basis. You get 5 GB of throughput at that price. But for folks that need occasional 3G, this is better than the current smaller plan that Verizon offers. That’s 250 MB for $40 a month and it’s a two-year commitment. Verizon will sell you a USB760 modem for $129.99, which doubles as a memory card reader and works on Windows, OS X and Linux. You can grab this deal in stores starting Nov. 15 and at select national retailers beginning Nov. 20. Decisions, decisions… maybe I can switch my current USB727 modem over to this plan? I’ll have to find out.