Years ago NetZero used to be one of the hottest names out there for getting connected to the internet. I, for one, used their free dial-up offering for a long time, and then as a backup connection when AOL wasn’t working. NetZero has been pretty well irrelevant for some time now, but have just announced a new service that may make them relevant again.
NetZero has announced a new service that will provide no-contract 4G data connections via a 4G USB stick or a 4G Hotspot device. Each is capable of using two different speed settings: Lightspeed (1MB download) and warpspeed (10MB download). The hotspot device can support up to 8 Wi-Fi devices at about 150 ft., while the USB stick supports a single device.
The Hotspot device will sell for $99.95 and the USB Stick for $49.95. Data plans start at $9.95 with 200MB free and 500MB of data monthly. From there the plans go up to 1GB of monthly data for $19.95, 2GB of monthly data for $34.95, and 4GB of data for $49.95. It’s a little more expensive than what you’d find with most of the current smartphone carriers, but the lack of a binding contract may be just enough to pull a big number of people away from the Big Boys.