NetZero launches 3G mobile broadband via Sprint

The new mobile broadband service is available to the 276 million people covered by Sprint's 3G network. And 4G is coming later this year.

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NetZero has officially rolled out a new broadband service that travels over Sprint's 3G network.

As of Wednesday, the service is available to the 276 million people that Sprint reaches through its 3G coverage. And for those of you unhappy with 3G access, an upgrade to Sprint's 4G LTE network is scheduled for the third quarter of this year.

The new service is the result of a five-year agreement between NetZero and Sprint announced last July. At the same time, Sprint revealed an agreement with Verizon to offer mobile broadband via its 3G network, but that deal was terminated last September.

NetZero offers a contract-free mobile broadband service that you can use on a month-to-month basis and cancel anytime. Your access is cut off if you go over your quota, but at least you won't be saddled with any unexpected overage fees.

NetZero offers a few different plans. A free plan offers 200MB per month. The $9.95-per-month Basic plan raises that to 500MB. A $19.95 Plus plan gives you 1GB per month, a $34.95 Pro plan serves up 2GB, and the $49.95 Platinum plan ups the ante to 4GB each month.

The free plan is technically a trial since it's good for one year only. After the year ends, you must upgrade to one of the paid plans.

The Plus, Pro, and Platinum plans shave 50 percent off the cost of your mobile broadband device. NetZero sells a USB stick for $49.95 and a mobile hot spot for $99.95.

NetZero also offers 4G access through Clear's WiMax network.

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