4G Wireless Broadband - Find Prepaid 4G Plans!
While 4G wireless broadband first began to get attention in 2009 with
the launch of Clear(wire), 2010 was the year where we really started to
see 4G broadband services take off. Even though Sprint had
the advantage of its
controlling ownership of Clear, MetroPCS and
Verizon were furiously working on launching their next generation 4G
LTE broadband services.
Although Clear launched its prepaid
Rover brand first (which they discontinued almost a year later), you
could say that the
first major prepaid wireless carrier to launch 4G was
MetroPCS. Note, however, that MetroPCS didn't offer mobile
broadband service, nor even 4G smartphones, but rather feature phones,
stating that they were using this new technology for
capacity/efficiency purposes more than for data
2010, Verizon was next, though no carrier at the time offered
nationwide 4G wireless service.
Building and launching next generation wireless technologies is always
a difficult business case for carriers. The question often
becomes one of whether or not there's an actual market need for
increased speeds, and if so, will customers be willing to pay extra for
it? Or even pay anything for it at all. The same
argument was around for the first 1xRTT and EDGE
first generation "high speed" network technologies. If you
build it, will they [consumers] come? In fact, in 2010, live
streaming video conferencing was probably the first real application
that was truly worthy of 4G broadband data speeds, even though
streaming video is certainly enhanced with these faster speeds.
With Sprint offering a decent lineup of 4G smartphones and
broadband modems, it was still questionable as to whether or not the
extra $10 surcharge they were charging for 4G was worth it with limited
coverage at that time.
to say, the industry still believed that the extra speed would
translate into better services and more customers in the long run.
And after all, so long as one carrier started offering it,
customers would come to see it as a negative mark on carriers without
4G wireless when selecting or changing wireless providers. So
off to the races the wireless carriers went! Below you
will find links to more background on WiMAX (the father of 4G if you
will) and prepaid/no contract 4G broadband plans.
can also explore LTE, which ultimately became the global standard
As is the spirit of this entire site, with the pace of the market, and
the value now available, prepaid, no contract 4G wireless plans are
highly recommended if you can afford the non-subsidized cost of the
modem. And don't worry, the prices of these devices continues
to come down as the quality continues to actually increase!
The following topics provide additional background, as well as details
regarding what services are currently available!
4G Wireless Broadband