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Verizon Fivespot Global Hotspot Device With Ridiculous Roaming Plans

Fivespot 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

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  1. This is bad looking, sure. But its not just Verizon. The carriers have an attitude that they have you locked in so you’ll just suck it (or your company will) and pay. Savvy users get a international SIM elsewhere.

    But truly Verizon seems the worst though. And they do it to you on your global BlackBerry too.

  2. On the flip side, Sprint completely axed their international data roaming plans, so….

  3. It’s awful. I travelled to the UK recently and I rented from fonmigo a mifi for $9 a day. It came with 1GB of data!

  4. That is really the issue with providers in the US in general. Even ISP’s are guilty of the same behavior. These carriers receive significant favor in the way of grants and tax breaks to improve the level of service they then cripple it or put in hidden fees.

    As a good example there are these very interesting Eye-fi cards available for cameras which allows you to connect to a wireless network and upload photos. Pair this with a mobile hotspot and you could walk around shooting photography and have it immediately be uploaded to Flickr or Facebook with geotagged information from most places on the planet.

    Due to the sheer size of modern media files (2-6 megs a photo) I would surpass the data limit on this device in less than one day walking around shooting photos.

    There are so many great technologies that are currently or are coming in the near future that completely rely on fast, reliable internet connections. Putting extremely low restrictions on so-called “Hot Spots” completely destroys the utility of these devices. Watch a few hundred youtube videos in a month and you are going to be way over your limit. If you actually use the device as a hotspot where others can connect you could use your limit up in a matter of hours.

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