Millenicom Wireless: a review and test

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  1. CommDriver

    CommDriver Road Train Member

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    For those not familiar, Millenicom is a new service offering nationwide mobile broadband internet. They use existing cell towers, presumably Verizon currently. There is no contract and the cost is $59.99 a month, UNLIMITED. They are truly UNLIMITED, no 5gb cap. I suppose this could always change but they told me on the phone that have no current plans to place a cap.

    There is a one-time $49.99 set-up charge, but that includes the wireless device. You don't buy the modem, they send you one and then whenever you cancel you send it back to them. The device I received is a Pantech UM175 USB modem.

    I haven't got on the open road with it yet. I will keep a running review on how well it works across the country. As for here in Norman OK, it's very, very, slow. Practically dial-up speed. But I was told to expect this as Norman is outside of broadband coverage. They were reluctant to sell me the service until I told them I was in Norman only a few days a month.

    They would not tell me on the phone which cell towers they use, but it's been documented on some other well-known digital forums, that Millenicom is using Verizon's towers. Here is the coverage map for 3g Broadband Coverage through Verizon.

    You can still get on the internet in most of the non-coverage areas, but not high speed.

    Even so, my initial impression is not good with how slow it is here in Norman, 30 miles south of Okla. City. We'll see how it goes when I get on the road.


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  3. pcfreak

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    Here's another one for ya. Check out Autonet mobile. They're available right now.

    60 bucks for 5 gigs over cell networks not a bad price.
     
  4. CommDriver

    CommDriver Road Train Member

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    Oklahoma panhandle -- have slow access

    Southern Colorado desert -- have slow access

    Colorado Springs -- high speed, able to stream video

    This is looking fairly good so far. I like to be able to get on the internet almost anywhere and have high speed as many places as possible. I can handle the bad coverage in Oklahoma as I'm not there much. I don't expect to cover a lot of territory before Christmas. So I'll pick up the review with the New Year.



    That's what I had with Sprint. I need more than 5gb.
     
  5. xxpigxx

    xxpigxx Light Load Member

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    5GB is nothing these days
     
  6. MrMustard

    MrMustard Road Train Member

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    I guess when Sprint kicks me off I'll have somewhere else to go.
     
    Pur48Ted Thanks this.
  7. Pur48Ted

    Pur48Ted Road Train Member

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    Me too.
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  8. punkinhed

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    well, i just signed up. seems like you'll get boned with roaming charges if you connect in canada, but i can live with that.

    i'll be sure and let y'all know how it goes.
     
  9. Pur48Ted

    Pur48Ted Road Train Member

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    I don't spend enough time in Canada to worry about it.
     
  10. Markvfl

    Markvfl Road Train Member

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    Just went to Millenicom web page. Don't find a limit on the usage for contract service but it says that the prepaid is capped a 5GB like everyone else. Are you sure the service is unlimited? Any updates on the quality of service?
     
  11. MrMustard

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    The prepaid they are offering is through Slingshot, the same outfit that the Pilots are selling. Their regular service, last I heard was still unlimited, but you may want to call them first and find out.
     
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