Great Deals on Prepaid Wireless Broadband

TruConnect Mobile and Walmart are teaming up to bring prepaid Internet to casual users via a $99 MiFi 2200 mobile hotspot, a 3G EV-DO device.

Internet on the Go, sold exclusively at Walmart, includes no contracts, no activation fees, and no monthly bills.

The service, based on Sprint’s 3G network, supports up to five Wi-Fi-capable devices running Windows, Mac OSX, Apple iOS, and Google Android.

Costs vary, starting at $10 for 100MB, $25 for 500MB, or $45 for 1GB, with no monthly fees and a data balance that never expires.

Walmart has also partnered with T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile, among others.

In October, T-Mobile and Walmart unveiled a new service plan that offered “unlimited” access to T-Mobile 4G data for $30 per month. That’s similar to other T-Mobile “unlimited” plans unveiled in May, which also throttle users after they hit their limit.

T-Mobile’s No Annual Contract has a variety of plans without a contract:

  • 300MB 1-week pass for $15
  • 1.5GB 1-month pass for $25
  • 3.5GB 1-month pass for $35
  • 5GB 1-month pass for $50

Of course, it’s hard to beat free.

Wireless startup Karma is offering a hotspot that accesses Clearwire’s mobile WiMAX network but allows users to open it up to the public, says Fierce Wireless.

According to The Verge, users pay $69 to buy a mobile hotspot and then pay $14 per GB of data. The hotspot is then opened up to the public. When a new user joins, that user is taken to a page where public users can then sign in with their Facebook account to get 100 MB of free browsing.

For every new user who signs in, the owner of the hotspot also gets 100 MB of free data. Karma calls the scheme “social telecom.” Karma, no doubt, will use the Facebook info to target ads to the user.

Clear’s WiMax, which is being phased out by Clear for TD-LTE next year, is being used by several companies for innovative data sharing:

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