Verizon LTE Mobile Hotspot: 3 new 4G modems to release

By Daniel Chubb - Mar 21, 2011

You may be wondering why you need a mobile hotspot when new phones, like the Apple iPhone, are allowing you to use the devices as mobile hotspots. Not everyone will have this capability or there may be a charge for this that they’re not willing to pay, so this is where a MiFi device comes in handy.

Verizon know this as they are about to release three new MiFi devices, which include the Samsung SCH-L11 4G, Novatel USB551L, and Novatel MiFi 4510L. These devices seem a lot smarter than what we’ve seen in the past; remember the Fivespot global mobile hotspot.

According to Phone Arena, the above devices have been shown in the latest rebate list for Verizon, and will take the total number of LTE 4G modems to five, that are being currently offered by the carrier.

It’s nice to see that the Novatel MiFi USB551L and 4510L are compatible with Mac OS, which can be a rare thing. Both the said model numbers are USB sticks, while the LTE modem from Samsung looks completely different. You can see an image on Phone Arena here, which shows a thin rectangular modem. All three rebates total $50.

You will get LTE speeds of 2-3 Mbps upload, 5-12 Mbps download, and the devices are all compatible with the 3G network on Verizon Wireless. Feel free to hit the link above for more details on price and availability.

How do you like to access the web while you’re mobile? Do you use tethering, or is a MiFi device the way you like to go?

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  • Preroll

    @Mark – Yes. i was thinking the same thing when I read this. It's incorrect. Either you pay for service with this modem or you pay for extra service with your Hotspot phone. There are hacks around it for some phones but the carriers are wise to it.

  • Mark Vandenberg

    You write, "Not everyone will have this capability or there may be a charge for this that they’re not willing to pay, so this is where a MiFi device comes in handy." Don't all of these stand-alone, hot-spot devices also have a monetary fee attached?