Prepaid Wireless Broadband Plans

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Prepaid wireless broadband plans have really grown, now offering a lot of options for customers.  If you have followed the prepaid broadband industry, you will see that truly unlimited data plans are no longer a reality (they are either throllted or capped).  However, there are still a lot of great options for those seeking to avoid contract plans.  Use the comparison chart below to zone in on the plan and provider that best meets your needs!

I constantly monitor the news and company websites to catch any changes to prepaid wireless broadband plans and pricing, and update this table within a matter of days (usually hours!).  I do recommend that you always check the company's website to review their broadband coverage maps to ensure their service will work where you generally live, work, and play. There are new prepaid wireless Internet plans being launched all the time, so please check back regularly to see what's new!

Provider Fee (Data Included) Modem Restrictions Coverage Activation Fee Network Operating System Notes
AT&T Data Connect Pass Prepaid Broadband
$15 - 1 day (100MB)
$30 - 7 days (300MB)
$50 - 30 days (1GB)
Any AT&T compatible modem/netbook or MiFi None AT&T nationwide network None GSM Windows, Mac New unactivated SIM required
No overage available (compare to Verizon plans)
*Available in store & phone sales only
DataJack Prepaid Broadband
$5/month (100MB+$0.029/MB)
$10/month (250MB)
$30/month (2GB)
$50/month (5GB)
None Sprint nationwide network None CDMA (Sprint) Windows, Mac 3G/4G dual-mode device
Hele by Mobi PCS
Mobi Prepaid Broadband
$40/month (6GB)*
$50/month (8GB)*
None Oahu, Maui, The Big Island None CDMA Windows, Mac Available in Hawaii only
i-wireless Prepaid Broadband
$5 - 24hrs (100MB)
$20 - 7 days (300MB)
$30 - 30 days (1GB)
USB Modem
None Sprint nationwide network None CDMA (Sprint) Windows Read my interview with John Willis, i-wireless COO
Ready Mobile
Ready Mobile Prepaid Broadband
$10 - 30 days (500MB)
$25 - 30 days (1.5GB)
$45 - 30 days (3GB)
USB Modem

None Sprint nationwide network None CDMA (Sprint) Windows First 5MB free for the first day
Available in Walgreens stores
MiFi Hotspot available in Meijer

Read my interview with Fred Haumesser, Ready Mobile Co-Founder & EVP
T-Mobile Prepaid Broadband
$5 - 500MB (1 day)
$10 - 1GB (7 days)
$30 - 3GB (30 days)

Auto Renew Plans:
$20 - 2GB (30 days)

$35 - 6GB (30 days)
$50 - 10GB (30 days)
$65 - 14GB (30 days)
$80 - 18GB (30 days)
$95 - 22GB (30 days)
Multiple Devices; prices vary None T-Mobile nationwide network None T-Mobile 4G Windows, Mac
TruConnect Mobile Prepaid Broadband
$20 - 1GB (30 days)
$30 - 2GB (30 days)
$40 - 4GB (30 days)
$50 - Unlimited (30 days)
USB Modem ($69.99)
MiFi ($79.88)
None Sprint nationwide network None CDMA (Sprint) Windows, Mac Read my TruConnect Prepaid MiFi Review!

Read my interview with Kevin Hamilton, TruConnect President & CEO!
Verizon Mobile Broadband DAYPASS
No longer offer 3G only plans; offer 4G Broadband (backwards compatible with 3G).
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile Prepaid Broadband2Go
$5 - 1 day (250MB)
$25 - 30 days (1.5GB)
$55 - 30 days (6GB)
USB Modem ($25)
MiF Hotspot ($60)
Speed reduced to VERY slow if  allowance exceeded Sprint nationwide network None CDMA (Sprint) Windows, Mac Read my Virgin Broadband Review!

Also offer 4G Broadband
Xanadoo Prepaid Mobile Unlimited
$14.95 - 7 days
$24.95 - 14 days
$39.95 - 30 days
$74.95 - 60 days
$99.95 - 90 days
Desktop Modem
Speeds up to 512Kbps TX, IL, OK $99.95 includes modem  & 14 day starter card Proprietary Network Windows, Mac When allowance is reached, access is reduced to nominal speed for rest of month
Includes 3 free email accounts.

Note:  Depending on your needs, you may want to also consider Wireless Broadband Rental services.  Also, if you're traveling abroad and looking for a local prepaid broadband provider, compare plans by visiting International Wireless Broadband.

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