Back in April, we took a look at the T-Mobile WebConnect USB Laptop Stick. It was T-Mobile's first 3G cellular modem, but these devices aren't new. In fact, T-Mobile's the last of the major carriers as AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless have had mobile broadband products for some time now, but we thought for the sake of comparison, we'd take a look at the offerings from the other service providers, starting with the Verizon Wireless USB760.
The Verizon Wireless USB760 modem is available for $49.99 with a two-year contract and after rebates and discounts. The price for its service plan is the same as T-Mobile's and customers can select from one- or two-year BroadBandAccess plans: 5GB for $59.99 per month or 50MB for $39.99 per month. While we thought T-Mobile's pricing was too high, Verizon has a little more argument in that it offers the largest 3G network in the U.S. (in case their commercials haven't drilled that into your head yet) and reaches 281 million people (with the Alltel acquisition).
Developed by Novatel Wireless, the Verizon Wireless USB760 measures 2.2 inches tall by 0.9 inch wide by 0.4 inch deep and weighs 0.6 ounces. It looks like a regular flash drive with no moving parts, so unlike the T-Mobile WebConnect USB Laptop Stick, which has a swivel design, you can't neatly tuck it to your laptop's side.
On the front of the device is a small LED that blinks green when connected. On its right side you'll find an external antenna connector. The Verizon Wireless USB760 doubles as a storage device, so on the bottom of the modem, there's a microSD expansion slot that can accept up to 8GB cards. The USB760 ships with a small plastic cap to protect the USB connector (though it was missing on our review unit) as well as a neck lanyard and reference material.