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NetZero launches free mobile broadband service based on Clear's 4G network

By Jos
Mar 19, 2012
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  1. NetZero made a name for itself in the late '90s for giving away free dial-up Internet service in the U.S. and offsetting the cost with targeted advertising. Although the company…

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  2. thewind

    thewind TS Rookie Posts: 67

    Why is internet getting so expensive? 1Gb for $35! I cant even watch a movie! The only reason for having this is for watch movies. Why? Because if your using it for e-mail use your phone!
     
  3. You have a funny definition of free, you have to buy the device for 100 bucks and you get 200mb per month at no additional cost for 1 year. How is that free?
     
  4. peperonikiller

    peperonikiller TS Member Posts: 75

    200Mb a month... I'd get thru 200Mb in about 2 minutes.. well crap
     
  5. yRaz

    yRaz TS Addict Posts: 983   +123

    I do about 2-3 hours of web surfing on my phone a day with the full HTML version(not m.website.com) and I have a hard time using all 200mb a month. For the causal user I'm sure it's plenty. Think about how hard it would reach 1gb of data at dial up speeds in a month. These aren't aimed at power users, it's aim at people who only want to check facebook and e mail a few times a day.
     
  6. For $35.00 a month you can get a broadband cable connection. For less than $100.00 you can buy a wireless N router. If you need to go mobile, there are all sorts of free WiFi spots. I know of 3 within a half of a mile from where I'm sitting.
     
  7. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,710   +62

    Wow they are really praying on the uninformed after year 1, heck even in year 1. You can get high speed internet for 20$ a month.
     
  8. Most people commenting seem to be missing the "mobile broadband" part. This is for mobile internet, plug the USB into a laptop or tablet and have internet on the go... Or bring the hotspot with you anywhere and just plug it in, voila wifi access. This isn't meant to be used as regular internet.
     
  9. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 1,966   +389

    I think this is awesome..Might have to pick one of these up for long road trips and the like.
     
  10. psycros

    psycros TS Booster Posts: 752   +239

    You know what makes no sense? The fact that nobody offers a wireless package aimed at those who have <b>no other option</b> but cell-based internet. There are tens of millions of Americans living in rural or semi-rural areas whose only choices would be 3G or satellite - and as we all know, satellite isn't <i>really</i> an option. Why hasn't a single company (that I know of) produced an affordable and realistic 3G data plan? My personal definition of that would be $60/mth for unlimited monthly data throttled at 256kbs down/64kbs up. Think that's pathetic? Next to cable, DSL or 4G wireless it may be, but to those who are limited to dial-up (if it even still works where they live) such a service would be almost irresistible. It wouldn't be abused because it wouldn't be fast enough TO abuse. It wouldn't be too expensive if the wireless USB adapter was free on contract. Plus, as cell towers get upgraded that service represents an ever smaller portion of the network load, which makes it more profitable. Heck, I daresay that a lot of road warriors would prefer the plan I suggest to something faster, esp. if they don't like tethering their phones. Its an untapped pile of money waiting to be made by somebody.
     
  11. Yes, this isn't aimed at the people that want to watch movies or dowmload videos. It's aimed at the casual user that wants to check e-mails or surf the web two or three times a day. For $70.00 and one year free ( comes out to about $5.80 a month ), it might be worth a try.
     
     
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,654   +323

    I agree with most of what you said (not sure all because the last 1/3rd I got a little fuzzy on). But my parents fall into that market you are speaking of. WiMax is the answer, and I don't understand how it isn't profitable to place in semi rural areas. I ran some 'best guess' estimates and even picking what I thought to be worst case senarios I didn't really see any way you couldn't make money.
     


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