CNET First Look
Verizon Wireless FivespotIf 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.
-Hello everyone! My name is Dong Ngo and I am really cool. I've got this iPhone 4 here and that means I can access internet everywhere except right here and right now because there's no data signal. But wait, I have this. This little box here is a Wireless Fivespot global-ready 3G mobile hot spot from Verizon. Now, apart from this super long name, this basically is a mobile router that does 2 things. It connects to the internet via a cellular signal and shares it with up to 5 Wi-Fi devices, and look, it has signal here. And now, I am all cool again with my iPhone 4. The Fivespot can work anywhere in the world. This is because apart from supporting CDMA, it also support GSM, and Verizon says that it has partnered with some carriers in over 200 countries in the world so that you wouldn't have uninterrupted data service when travelling internationally. The good thing is you can always swap out the SIM card to use a service of a local provider. On the side here, the router has a power button. You need to press and hold it for a few seconds to turn the router on or off. That's actually a good thing because, otherwise, you can't easily turn it on or off by accident. At the bottom here you could find a standard Mini-USB port that can be use to charge the batteries and connect the device to a computer. When connected to a computer, the router can also be use as a modem if you choose to install the VZAccess Manager software. As a modem, it provides internet connection to only with the computer it is plugged into. However, in this case, it will also allow for sending and receiving text messages. The Fivespot come with a bunch of different power plug to use when travelling. This one for example is for the US. This, for Europe and part of Asia like Vietnam or China. This is, for Japan. And this one is of course, for [unk] but it also works in the UK which is much closer. However, you wouldn't need any of these when travelling with a laptop. In this case, you can just use the included Mini-USB cable and charge the device directly from a USB port. There's nothing to setting up the Fivespot. All you have to do is turn it on. On the back here, you can find the default network name or SSID and the password for the connection. If you don't like this default setting which I don't, you can log in to the Web interface to change them as well as many other features. The Fivespot is available now with the pricing starting at $0 depending on the data plan. More on those and the performance of the device can be found in the in-depth review at cnet.com. Once again, my name is Dong Ngo and this has been the first look at the Wireless Fivespot global-ready 3G mobile hot spot from Verizon.