NetZero, the lovable late 90's free internet provider, is back from the dead (though it never really died) with a new, more relevant option: free 4G data. Yep, if you buy a NetZero hotspot or USB stick, you can get data for free.
Of course, the free-ness of it all has its limitations. NetZero can't just take over your screen with ads like the old days of the interweb, you know. How does it work then? Well, you have to buy NetZero gear. The NetZero 4G Hotspot is $100 and connects up to 8 devices while the NetZero 4G stick is $50 and meant to be plugged into laptops. The 4G isn't 4G LTE either, so there's that. But the question is, are these things worth it? Here are NetZero's plans:
- $0 for 200MB
- $10 for 500MB
- $20 for 1GB
- $35 for 2GB
- $50 for 4GB
All the data plans can be toggled from data speeds of 1Mbps down and 384Kbps (if you want to save data on lower plans) to speeds of 10Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up. The NetZero 4G devices seem like a nice device to own for those who occasionally travel and want itty bits of data to use. Better still, NetZero 4G doesn't come with any 2-year contracts or overage fees. You can sign up one month and then stop it the next month, if you reach your data limit you can pay for the next tier or stop using it. Ha! Makes sense, doesn't it? NetZero 4G may not be as advanced as other wireless hotspots from the big bully carriers but it sure seems to be the most reasonable. [NetZero]
Updated: All NetZero 4G plans have the option to use 1Mbps down and 384Kbps and 10Mbps down and 1.5Mbps up speeds.