Sprint's 3G/4G Plug-in-Connect USB modem offers WiMax speeds on the cheap

Even as Sprint ramps up its LTE efforts, the company is still offering devices its 3G/4G modem, which connects to its WiMax network.
Written by Ricardo Bilton, Contributor

Sprint's WiMax network may be on its way out, but that isn't stopping the company from pushing devices that connect to it.

The latest is the 3G/4G Plug-in-Connect USB, a wireless modem that operates without the need for additional software. That makes using closer to plugging in an ethernet cord than connecting to a wireless network, as Sprint points out.

Alongside the device Sprint also offers usage-based plans, which avoid the need for contracts and are ideal for those likely to use the device more intermittently.

The potential hold up with the modem should be clear: The device runs on Sprints 4G WiMax network, not the LTE network that it's working on getting off the ground this June. While Sprint says that its WiMax network is certain to be around for at least another three years, talk like that doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

On matters of price, here's how Sprint lays it out: For those eligible for an upgrade or new contract, the device is free after $50 dollar rebate. Sprint's on-contract rates start at $49, which nets 6GB of data. Of contract, the device runs for $249, which may not seem seems worth it.

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