Verizon's Fivespot offers Internet abroad

The Verizon Wireless can function as a hot spot for up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices in more than 200 countries.

Verizon Wireless Fivespot Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless expanded its international connectivity options today with the announcement of its Fivespot mobile hot spot device.

The Fivespot, made by ZTE, can function as an Internet access point for up to five W-Fi-enabled devices. Even better, it has a truly global footprint with support for the following wireless bands: dual-band CDMA (800/1900); quad-band GSM (850/900/1800/1900); EV-DO Rev. 0 and Rev. A; and tri-band WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA (850/1900/2100). That means you'll be able to use it in more than 200 countries.

The Fivespot measures 3.92 inches long by 2.11 wide and 0.55 inch deep and weighs 2.82 ounces, so portability shouldn't be a problem. The red and black color scheme reminds us that it's a Verizon device, but that's about as remarkable as the Fivespot's design gets.

The Fivespot will be available beginning October 7 for $99.99 with a new two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. Customers can choose from the following pricing plans.

Domestic monthly plans

  • $39.99 monthly access for 250MB monthly allowance and $0.10/MB overage
  • $59.99 monthly access for 5GB monthly allowance and $0.05/MB overage
Domestic prepaid plans
  • $15 for 100MB (one day of use)
  • $30 for 300MB (one week of use)
  • $50 for 1GB (30 days of use)
  • $80 for 5GB (30 days of use)
International plans
  • $129.99 monthly access (5GB allowance for the United States and Canada, $0.05/MB overage), 100MB allowance in select countries ($0.005/KB after allowance)
  • $219.99 monthly access (5GB allowance for the United States and Canada, $0.05/MB overage), 200MB allowance in select countries ($0.005/KB after allowance)
  • GlobalAccess Pay Per Use for occasional use must be purchased with a $59.99 Mobile Broadband service plan in the United States. The Pay Per Use rate is $0.002/KB in Canada, $0.005/KB in Mexico, and $0.02/KB in more than 200 other destinations.
Read the full CNET Review

Verizon Wireless Fivespot

The Bottom Line: If you travel a lot, both internationally and domestically, and can afford the data plan, the Verizon Wireless Fivespot global-ready 3G mobile hot spot is a great device for mobile Internet access. / Read full review

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