LG VL600 LTE USB Modem (Verizon Wireless) review: LG VL600 LTE USB Modem (Verizon Wireless)

 

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.1
  • Design and ease of use: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 10.0
  • Service and support: 6.0
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The Good Verizon's LG VL600 LTE USB Modem offers a superfast connection to the Internet for a single computer. It also enables sending and receiving text messages.

The Bad The VL600 is bulky, doesn't have built-in storage for its setup software, and only works with one computer at a time. Verizon's data plans are pricey and come with a data cap. The device only works with Windows.

The Bottom Line Verizon's LG VL600 LTE USB Modem offers arguably the fastest mobile Internet access solution for those who can afford Verizon's data plans.

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Priced at $100 with a two-year contract, it's hard to say Verizon's LG VL600 LTE USB Modem is a good deal, especially when you have to pay another $50 per month for a data plan capped at 5GB (or $80 per month for 10GB). However, if high-speed Internet on the go is your biggest need, it could actually be the best deal ever.

This is because the little (or not so little) modem offers Internet connection speeds comparable with those of full-size cable modems, if not faster in many cases. Apart from that, it also enables sending and receiving text messages.

Though we wish the VL600 were not a modem, but rather a mobile hot spot, such as Verizon's MiFi, which allows for sharing the connection with multiple users, we can't recommend any existing mobile hot-spot devices over it. Its fast connection is just too great to be blemished by its lack of multiple user support and the slightly bulky design.

Design, ease of use and features
The VL600 USB Modem is about the same size and shape as Verizon's Fivespot, a multiple-user mobile hot spot. That said, for a device that provides Internet access to only one computer at a time, the modem is bulky. It looks like an extra large and sleek USB thumbdrive.

On one side, the modem has a bendable lid that protects the USB connector when not in use. On top it has a little LED light that shows its status; flashing orange means it's trying to connect and flashing green means the connection is up and running.

The VL600 supports one SIM card with a slot on its bottom, the cover of which can be pushed open. It works with both 4G and 3G SIM cards. Even when used with a 4G SIM card, the device will automatically connect to an available 3G network when the 4G network is not available.

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Where to Buy

LG VL600 LTE USB Modem (Verizon Wireless)

Part Number: VL600 LTE USB Modem

MSRP: $249.99

See manufacturer website for availability.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews networking and storage products, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.