I never understood what carriers have against global roaming. Companies like Verizon will announce an amazing new Fivespot global mobile hotspot with both CDMA and GSM 3G radios and then cripple it with ridiculous global roaming plans. For most users the dual technology device is pointless when compared to the CDMA only MiFi 2200 since global roaming is crazy expensive on Verizon. Wondering how crazy? Here are the plans:
- $129.99 monthly access (5 GB allowance for the United States and Canada, $0.05/MB overage), 100 MB allowance in select countries ($0.005/KB after allowance)
- $219.99 monthly access (5 GB allowance for the United States and Canada, $0.05/MB overage), 200 MB 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.
So in other words the first 100MB of international data is $70 and the second 100MB is $90??? Seriously what is wrong with Verizon… If you are a high flying executive and can afford these exorbitant roaming prices the Fivespot 3G Mobile Hotspot will be available October 7th for $99.99 after a $100 rebate with a new contract. Check out the details at Verizon.com.