Showing posts with label Mobile Internet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mobile Internet. Show all posts

May 25, 2013

Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go SUCKS

Virgin Mobile Prepaid Internet Broadband2Go is AWFUL.

Awhile back I wrote about Virgin Mobile's Broadband2Go service, and while at the time my opinion on their mobile broadband service was favorable, it seems of late that Virgin Mobile has gone down hill as their service has gone to complete crap and is pretty much useless and in my opinion, is a waste of money.

Since the beginning of April 2013, Virgin Mobile's Broadband2Go is extremely slow on both 4G and 3G, but their 4G WiMax is even slower than their 3G CDMA & EVDO which repeatedly disconnects and goes dormant, rendering the service completely useless.

I have not been able to connect to 4G in over a month and a half now and signal strength is never more than 2 orange bars, and when I am able to connect to 3G I am repeatedly disconnected and dealing with dormancy as it goes back and forth between EVDO & CDMA.

This speed test is via 3G while connected via EVDO REV A.  When trying to test via CDMA 1X, I can't even get results because it's in my opinion, ten times SLOWER and the server times out..  It is rare that ANY webpage EVER loads while connected via CDMA 1X

Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go SUCKS and is pretty much useless as I'm unable to watch videos, use apps or anything flash based, nor can I play games or use several functions of several social media.  Their service is terrible and getting answers or problems solved from their customer service is pretty much non-existent.

Funny how Virgin Mobile USA is offering people $100 to switch from T-Mobile, yet T-Mobile is one of the fastest services around for mobile broadband, therefore, one would have to be a complete FOOL to switch from T-Mobile and go with Virgin Mobile, because even now their phone service sucks.

I have been a Virgin Mobile customer for nine years now, but now I can't even have a conversation on my phone because the quality is just so terrible and it's time for me to leave them and go with another provider.

September 27, 2012

Virgin Mobile Prepaid Mobile Broadband Internet Service

Mobile Broadband Internet Service From Virgin Mobile Prepaid Wireless Internet

Due to temporarily living in a hotel because I am homeless, I was unable to obtain my own cable or DSL internet service, so, fortunately the hotel has free wifi that I could connect to via my iPod Touch, and now my laptop, however, the hotel's internet service which comes from Hughes Net via satellite is awful because it is extremely slow and unreliable, with numerous outages and extended downtime.

Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go U600 3G / 4G USB Stick
Thank God there's a solution, and that's via Virgin Mobile Prepaid Broadband Internet using Virgin Mobile's Broadband2Go service with their U600 3G/4G USB Stick I purchased from Amazon.  Virgin Mobile's Broadband2Go Wireless Mobile Internet is a prepaid, no contract plan that offers 2gb a month on their 3G network for $35, or $55 for 5gb a month data.  Both of these plans include unlimited data via Sprint's 4G network, so, if you're located in any of the zone's within their 4g coverage area, then all you'll really need is the $35 plan, which is what I got, using a Virgin Mobile Top Up Card, however, you may choose to top up monthly via a credit card, or conveniently via PayPal.

Installation of the Franklin Wireless Modem software and drivers of the U600 USB Stick was quick and easy as the device is plug and play.  Within minutes I was ready to activate and once done, was up and running on Virgin Mobile's Broadband2Go Service using 4G at 8.72MBPS.

The 3G network is slow however, with speeds reaching a MAXIMUM of 230KBPS, and since the device is a dual mode 3G / 4G, it's great that the device includes setup options that enable me to only connect to the 4G network that gives me unlimited fast browsing for surfing the web, watching streaming video and more.

The only problem I have with the U600 3G / 4G USB Stick is that its size blocks the vacant USB port adjacent to the USB port it occupies, rendering that empty port unavailable for use for other purposes.  Although the USB device does move, it only does so up or down.

The U600 works on both PC and Mac desktops and laptops. I'm very happy about being able to blog again, as well as recording videos and uploading photos again.  I told another resident of the hotel about the Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go service and was very surprised that she didn't know about it, which made me wonder about how many others don't know about wireless mobile internet access for desktops and laptops, so, thought it was a good idea to write about it here to share with others, as well as earn a small commission from

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