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3G Internet Providers – Verizon Mobile Broadband Options

If you’re like me, you don’t want to be without a high speed Internet connection when you leave home. Many cellular phone companies, such as Verizon, provide a 3G Internet option that works anywhere you have a cell signal.

Verizon offers several ways to connect your laptop, netbook or other Internet capable device to the Internet. I will briefly describe the most common methods of providing 3G Internet.

Verizon’s MiFi Portable 3G Internet Hotspot:

I have personally used the Verizon MiFi to provide high speed 3G Internet access to my laptop and my wife’s netbook while I traveled. The MiFi is a portable wireless 3G Internet router and can provide broadband Internet service to up to 5 wireless Internet capable devices. It is very small, about the size of a half a deck of cards, and has a rechargeable battery. Wireless setup was easy and the MiFi performed flawlessly. The cost for the data plan in 2010 was about $60 for 5 Gigabytes of data per month.

Verizon 3G Internet Smart Phones:

You can use any of Verizon’s 3G smartphones to provide Internet access to your laptop or possibly other wireless Internet devices, depending on the capabilities of your 3G smartphone. Several of the latest smartphones have 3G mobile hotspot capabilities. Three popular choices are:

• Motorola Droid X
• Samsung Fascinate
• Palm Pre Plus

I presently use the Palm Pre Plus because Verizon offered a free 3G mobile hotspot package deal for as long as I keep the phone. The other mobile hotspot capable phones vary in what Verizon charges for the hotspot feature.

Most mobile broadband plans have a monthly data limit of 5 gigabytes or less and have heavy overage charges. I have never come close to going over my bandwidth limit. However, if you do a lot of heavy downloading, you should monitor your Internet usage closely.

Even if your smartphone doesn’t have mobile hotspot capabilities, it can still be tethered via a USB cable to your laptop or netbook to provide 3G Internet access. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone or have had your existing phone plan for a couple of years or more, you may be able to get one of the newest 3G Internet provider smart phones for next to nothing. Verizon and most other cellular Internet providers offer huge discounts and rebates when you sign a new contract.

Top Rural Area High Speed Internet Providers

Rural USA. Ah yes, the great wide open doors. The smell of fresh, clean air. Clear blue skies and open country. Freedom. Peace and quiet. What’s not to love? Some people enjoy the distance they have from technology by living in the country. Sometimes not knowing what is going on out there can be more peaceful. Others develop the interest of keeping up on current events or staying more in touch with their community, family, and friends. The fastest and easiest way to stay connected is high-speed Internet service. More and more people also use the Internet as a source of income. For some the Internet isn’t just a luxury- it is necessary. People have home based businesses, go to school online, work part-time from home, or one rising trend many people are finding success is buying and selling on eBay.

For some, the economy has forced them to move out of the city and look into other more affordable areas to live. Lower mortgages, affordable school costs, and cheaper taxes can make rural areas a more attractive place to live. Quality of life seems more attainable with lower financial burdens. Once a place is established getting the lights and gas turned on is a no-brainer. Setting up mail forwarding is easy. Next on the list: high-speed Internet service. Sometimes not so easy. People in rural areas often have difficulty with this. They can’t find anyone that provides high speed rural Internet service in their area.

Local phone and Internet providers service areas where they can remain profitable and stay in business. If there is not enough people living in a centralized area it might not seem attractive for an Internet provider to provide rural Internet in that area. Sometimes people are just on the “cut off” of where a provider starts and stops their coverage. Someone’s next store neighbor may have high speed DSL Internet but when they call for an appointment they are told they do not service the address because they are too far away. Even though they are right next door. Finding rural Internet providers is not easy.

Satellite television providers such as DISH Network and Direct TV are popular in rural areas because cable companies don’t always reach to the area. Direct TV usually works with local Internet providers, if available, and can sometimes provide a bundled service or a “Direct TV Bundle”. DISH Network previously partnered with rural satellite Internet provider Wild Blue, and at one point, could provide bundled TV and Internet service or a “DISH Network Bundle”. The company that owns DISH Network, EchoStar recently teamed up with rural satellite Internet provider giant, Hughes Net, and now the two are teaming up to provide both high-speed rural Internet through Hughes Net satellite Internet and TV service through DISH Network. Hughes Net and Sky Blue are the rural Internet providers for remote, rural, and country areas.

Some people go wireless. Also called an “air-card”. An air-card is a little USB device that hooks into your computer or laptop. These work great if you have enough signal strength. The downside to air-cards is they use the cellular network and function on signal strength, which is not always strong or consistent in remote areas. There are also monthly limitations, restrictions, and overages on air-cards for rural Internet.

When local providers such as Charter, Comcast, Verizon, or ATT don’t service the area as rural Internet providers and air-cards aren’t working cause of the signal strength, speed, or usage restrictions, satellite Internet services these country areas and is usually the only option for rural Internet. Satellite Internet providers such as Starband, Wild Blue or Sky Blue, and Hughes Net provide high-speed rural Internet to un-served areas of the country where DSL and cable Internet do not reach. Rural Internet providers are now available and at blazing high satellite speed.

People and businesses in rural areas enjoy the flexibility of not needing a phone line with satellite Internet. There is no phone line required and because satellite Internet providers Sky Blue and Hughes Net have service everywhere, they are usually the only high speed rural Internet providers. Just like satellite television a satellite dish is installed outside the house and a modem is provided that connects to the Internet. The dish uses advanced wireless signals allowing for a fast high-speed ‘always on’ Internet connection and making satellite Internet the fastest rural Internet providers. A wireless router can be hooked up to provide wireless Internet with a laptop anywhere in the house. People enjoy the flexibility to be able to access the Internet anywhere in the house. Whether it’s in the kitchen, the bedroom, the family room, the den, or even the porch, satellite Internet can also provide rural Internet wirelessly.