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Verizon Intros 4G LTE Broadband Router With Voice, Could Replace Your Home’s Internet and Phone Service

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This morning, Verizon, in partnership with Novatel Wireless, introduced the 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice. The Broadband Router is capable of taking your wired and wireless device and connecting them to Big Red’s 4G LTE network. In addition, it will also allow for your home phone to be plugged in, basically allowing you the freedom of eliminating any current service you have with other providers. 

Verizon touts the convenience when traveling with the router, as well as always having a connection in your favorite cafe.

Voice capabilities on the 4G LTE Broadband Router with Voice mean travelers or vacationers can bring their home number with them where they go. The broadband router eliminates the need to constantly search for Wi-Fi hotspots in cafes or paying hotel Wi-Fi or phone fees.

The router is priced at $49.99 with a two year contract. There are three different plans customers can choose from – Voice-only, Data-only, or a Voice and Data bundle. Once signed up, you can switch between plans freely for whatever your situation requires.

Besides looking a little bulky and silly, it seems like a nifty little device.

Via: Verizon | Business Wire

  • roberthenderson

    To borrow one from our friends across the pond, “Utter rubbish!”

  • J Dub

    Went to VZW thinking they had created new plans just for this. Nope. Felt pretty dumb.

  • craigshipp

    What Aaron Hurt said: “But without unlimited data, this thing is worthless.”

  • noc007

    I wonder if one can get their hands on this un-subsidized and pop in their SIM with grandfathered unlimited data.

    • joejoe5709

      That is a good question.

  • chris420o

    ah yes just what we need…more things slowing down their 4g lte network…like kids playing xbox and such…smh

    • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

      I actually use my S4 to tether to my PS3 to play Call Of Duty. It’s not as great as playing hard-wired due to cellular latency, but still works great. The data transfer rates are actually minuscule. I usually play for an hour or two and still use significantly less data than, say, watching a 5-minute youtube video on the phone. COD, and many other competitive online games are all binary and vector-based, which requires much less data than streaming audio and video, even with sophisticated compression algorithms.

  • Jerry Rose

    Verizon is not interested in middle class folks with products like these, I live in SC just out of Charleston down 17 no internet service at the time and I had Verizon Home Fusion which was awesome at 14-25 MBS then I got the first bill which said It was over by like 20GBs on a 10GB plan – (Had it three days and turned it off every night) They ghost add data some how and its all over the internet with test and videos about the issue! Now Comcast came out and ran a line ($5000) and I am happy – Any way this is a rebound of Home Fusion probably fixing the ghost data. If you don’t understand what I’m talking about then don’t worry. Until Verizon figures out a away to compete at unlimited cable company price points and data on these “HOME” products, it’s worthless – Unless retired and over 50 with some money in the bank country types – This is what they are after, not you city nerds -

  • joejoe5709

    Uuuuhhhhh… Okay so let me get this straight. You would have to have a situation a little bit like this: You do not have access to a traditional home service like cable or DSL but you DO have access to a decent 4G LTE signal AND you don’t have the ability to tether your smartphone to a laptop or something. Amirite? Otherwise this is fairly pointless and expensive for what it is. I mean… maybe, just maybe it would be a decent business device for on-the-fly conference calling with internet access in one nice little package – but then again if you’re techy enough to know how, tethering is probably a much smarter idea. I highly doubt this will be replacing anyone’s home service.

    • PhilD41

      Actually, I don’t have access to cable or DSL, I do have excellent 4G coverage and tethering my phone does no good when I am at work and my family is at home. Current fixed wireless internet give me 7/1Mbps for $70 a month so yes, this has it’s place. That said, a tiered plan would be a none starter for me.

      • joejoe5709

        I’d say you’re one of the few that could benefit. Your situation falls perfectly with what I illustrated above. But that’s good. I’m glad there are options!

  • dmagicp

    Oh yeah just what I need. Tiered data on my home Internet plan. NO THANK YOU.

  • KOBALT

    Whats a ‘home phone’?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    i just wanna know how volte will change prices/plans

  • Blue Sun

    “Besides looking a little bulky and silly, it seems like a nifty little device.”

    Till you get the monthly bill with overage charges.

  • mcdonsco

    I would like to think that eventually carriers will begin to embrace unlimited data again as they lose customers to tmobile and *cough* sprint who offer and tout their unlimited data plans. Problem is, I think most of the people that really care about and need unlimited data (us geeks that read tech blogs every day) are not only in the minority of data usage, but the extreme minority…as such, I doubt we’ll see big red or at&t go back to it.

    Sucks

    • NexusPhan

      My coworker just came to me with a AT&T iPhone bill and 2GB overage on a 2GB plan and asked what was using the data. It’s an iPhone so you can’t tell and AT&T can’t tell you either. His contract is over and he is pissed. I offered him my spare T-Mobile SIM card to get started. He barely uses the iPhone. I told him I assumed it was probably iCloud (cause it’s so crappy). It’s more people that have data problems than I think we may all realize. These capped plans must be cash cows.

  • shkrmkr79

    go home verizon. you’re drunk.

  • Tylar Overturf

    I’ll keep my 1Gbps internet for $67.50 a month.

    • noc007

      Quit bragging. :p One day I hope I can get that. My luck Comcast and AT&T will further pay my reps to shoot down any new ISP or municipal fiber. Wife refuses to move to Chattanooga or anywhere that I am aware of that has reasonably priced gigabit FTTH.

      • Tylar Overturf

        Only places i’m aware of it Chattanooga, Northern Utah which is where I am, or a place that has Google Fiber.

  • T4rd

    I’ve had one of these for a while.. it’s call my phone.. and it has unlimited data. lol I actually try not to abuse it too much though, I only tether occasionally while we’re traveling and I need to do school work.

  • Caleb Boerner

    *smh*

  • Philip J. Fry

    No thanks verizon, you can keep this bullsh*t and i’ll keep charter.

  • Ray Gray

    I knew there was a catch there always is with Verizon I could probably go with this if the plans started at 300GB

  • Dominick White

    Well i will stick with TWC where i pay less than this a month for unlimited internet access

  • mike

    Believe it or not there are people out there that use under 10gb of data in their house. Thisis obviously not for any us in this forum.

    • Adrynalyne

      Nor those of us who value the almighty dollar. Unless you are in a rural situation with no choice, there is zero reason to get on board with this.

  • J2886M
    • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

      LMFAO

  • dannyWHITE

    I want to know who the HELL buys this crap that Verizon keeps feeling the need to offer it in the first place?!?

    • Godzilla

      People in the rural areas that don’t have high speed Internet available.

      • joejoe5709

        No cable service, sure. I think most rural areas depend on satellite for TV/Internet even if it’s not super reliable. And if they’re *that* rural, what are the chances they’ll have a good 4G signal?

  • Joe

    No unlimited data? Why on earth would you subject yourself to this. For the same price I can get TWC unlimited 50Mbps/5Mbps

    • hkklife

      For some people, like my parents who lives in an area where their only options are dialup, satellite, 3meg DSL or, very recently, 6meg U-Verse, this could conceivably be an attractive offering if it was priced right.

      All VZW would really need to do to make this thing have at least amount of niche appeal/success is to offer a $200/month (or $185 or whatever) truly unlimited package. No throttling, no caps. Pay big bucks once for it but with *no* strings attached and use it as your “everything” device for home and on the road. It would have a certain amount of appeal to at least a certain segment of the population (road warriors etc).

      Otherwise, this thing is hideously DOA and another gentle reminder that they’ll have to pry my grandfathered unlimited LTE out of my hands…and when they do, it’s adios Verizon!

  • coolsilver

    LOL SHARE NOTHING PLAN!!!

  • 213ninja

    they have to know that people are using more than 12GB of data at home….i would think they would have introduced larger share everything plans to compete effectively in this space.

    also, they say it works with share everything….well if you already have a 4G cell phone on a share everything data plan, WTF do you need a router for? your cell phone has voice and a hotspot. what does this thing give you that your cell phone doesn’t besides added bulk? gigabit ethernet? no? trash.

    add some gigabit ports and add a share everything at home tier that offers unlimited data for home and mobile and then we’ll talk about your ridiculous price on that….

  • HotRodJohnson

    Now if they can just get me a Nexus phone continues to get the latest updates.

  • brkshr

    For me, it was either 100-300 KB/s DSL (mostly ~150KB/s), or this…

    I went with this. Well the older one of these, that’s LTE data only, with a roof mounted antenna. It was $60/month for 10GB, then I raised the plan to $90/month for 20GB. I can only stream a couple tv/movies every month. 1 movie = ~2GB, 1 TV show = ~500MB.

    • Adrynalyne

      That is highway robbery.

      • brkshr

        Yes sir it is!

        FOR ME, it’s worth the speed to download ROMs & whatnot. Otherwise, it would take about 2 hours to download a ROM.

        I live in rural California & I’ve been through several internet services. Started on dial-up in 2004. In 2008 I switched to Satellite (it sucked!). In 2010 DSL finally came into my area and like I said, the dsl speed I get is horrible. So now I’m on what I consider the least crappiest option FOR ME. I am considering Satellite again though, because it seems like there have been some advances there.

        • Adrynalyne

          Advances in speed anyway. Satellite prices are still garbage, but they are better than Verizon.

          • brkshr

            I’ll have to check the prices out again. It’s been awhile, but I was paying about $120/month for satellite. I forget what kind of data plan it was.

          • Adrynalyne
          • brkshr

            Damn it! Time to switch again… Those are MUCH improved prices!

            Thanks for the link

    • J2886M

      No satellite provider for you? Adrynalyne said it best, highway robbery

      • brkshr

        I agree with him too.

        I had satellite from about 2008 to 2010. It was not a great experience. I was paying about $120/month for that and I got about 300 KB/s down and about 50-100KB/s up. The connection was always getting interupted for some reason when streaming. I would say satellite was the most frustrating “broadband” service. I am considering satellite again, now that there seems to be some advances in technology. Not sure if the pricing has lowered at all.

  • Adrynalyne

    Sweet, home Internet with a 2GB limit!

  • Lawrence_Hart

    500mb is $40/month with unlimited talk and $30/month for 4GB (data only). $40 gets 6GB/month (data only). You can spend $375/month for unlimited talk and 50GB data or $335 for 50GB (data only).

    You have to love the tiered data plan. /sarcasm

  • Epell

    This is how Verizon will force people off the unlimited cable internet.
    Trying to cap data on cable network always seems to have oppositions but people seem to accept capped wireless data as normalcy.
    I predict that Verizon will stop offering new subscription to cable internet plan all together and let the people with uncapped internet plan die off due to lack of updates.

    Also, “bring your home number with them where they go”? You mean like a cellphone?
    “eliminates the need to constantly search for Wi-Fi hotspots”? You mean like a smartphone with 4G connection?

    • mike

      No it won’t, two totally different products.

    • capecodcarl

      Wireless and wired are two totally different worlds. There’s only so much wireless electromagnetic spectrum they have licensed that they can use to serve you broadband and only so small they can make the cells before it becomes cost-prohibitive to support the towers so it is a valuable and limited commodity. For wired customers however, there’s nothing stopping them from just running more coax or fiber between your home or business and their telco central offices and increasing the bandwidth of the entire system exponentially. The only point of contention is at the peering points at that point.

  • johnediii

    They’re advertising this as a mobile solution for your voice. Allowing you to have your home phone number while on vacation. Does anybody want that? Besides, I can do this with Vonage for much much cheaper if that was my goal. But who has a home phone anymore anyway?

    • TMoney2007

      Or, you know,… a cell phone…

  • Alfredo Manuel Gonzalez II

    This is a joke! I have Time Warner I pay $40 a month for unlimited data at 25 maps why would I buy this with a data plan Verizon is crazy this will not sell

  • T_Dizzle

    Will this allow me to get the 4G I’m supposedly bathing in at my house? Didn’t think so.

  • Stephen Cox

    You know, I’ve thought about getting a backpack to replace my home internet since 4G in our area is faster… but I think I would rather deal with a slower speed for the same price and not have to worry about any caps or nickle and dimeing me with charges.

    (I live in a rural area and use a local WISP for 10Mbps, and they give zero f*cks what I do with my connection as long as I pay.)

    • J2886M

      this seems about as useless are the 3G network extender they sent me to help give me 4G on the failed Bionic I use to have. only good thing from that deal was the $200 I got for the extender on ebay

  • Tony Byatt

    Verizon’s data plans are disgusting, rendering this thing useless to me…

  • Daniel Flores

    I hope Verizon sells ZERO of these…it’s ridiculous!

  • John Galt

    Oh awesome! The 1.5 to 3 mbps down will be phenomenal!

  • AndrewScottRox

    Why must everything come with a two year contract?

  • Josh Fischer

    Not an option worth considering unless they massively bump up data plans. My current cable internet allows me 500gb/month. With several tv’s in the house streaming HD content nearly all the time that we are at home, plus downloads, online gaming, music there isn’t a chance this would work for me.

    • J2886M

      I agree, I use about 300-500gb/m with TWC, downloads and streaming as much as I can handle between my devices.. where in the world is this device even worth considering? Big Red your drunk!

  • BaconEater
  • hfoster52

    Token Response.

  • Steve Ballmer

    Just another way for Verizon to screw us even more.

    • Droid Ronin

      Of course it’s a way for them to screw us…just look at the shape of that thing.

      • El_Big_CHRIS

        I cringed when i read your comment. Didnt really see it before…

  • hfoster52

    And it puts you into a share anything plan…. So why would I jump off my unlimited data cable modem for $40-$50/month for this?

  • MBS

    I could use this for only about 3 days, maybe less, before hitting the almost-certain data cap. Unless I want to cough up another $100 for a bigger plan. Then at that point there’s no cost savings (all conjecture of course, but this IS Verizon we’re talking about).

  • J2886M

    awesome I’m sure the tiered data plans will work splendid on this little device. bring your home phone with you? cool story bro

  • NorCalGuy

    Nope

  • duke69111

    Doesn’t Verizon always claim that they do not guarantee service indoors?

  • http://www.unexpectedparameters.com Aaron Hurt

    But without unlimited data, this thing is worthless.

    • Jim890

      You got that right! Who would want to get this and only 2gb a month, where other companies offer unlimited broadband connection without having to worry about going over.. You hear that that Verizon!

    • NexusPhan

      You can get 50 GBs per month and a two year contract with this thing for only $8,520.00!
      Think of how much you’ll save over cable.
      Edit: Oh, right. That price is WITH MY COMPANY DISCOUNT. Add $40 a month * 24 months to my numbers.

      • Adrynalyne

        I think I’d rather go buy a car.

        • NexusPhan

          It actually is more than my monthly payment on my brand new 2014 car.

          • Adrynalyne

            Mine too (its not a 2014 though).

          • NexusPhan

            My monthly is $346 (with employee discount) so it’s actually only a few dollars cheaper. Just a mid-range Focus so it’s nothing special. But still. Home internet more expense than my 8 month old car??? Insane.

          • KOBALT

            You guys need better credit :P

          • NexusPhan

            1.49% loan on a $22k car with $2k down and a $346 monthly payment is bad credit???

          • Adrynalyne

            His statement makes no sense because not all vehicles are priced the same. Now if you were driving a Versa and paying 346 a month, his statement would be accurate.

          • Kiril Vatev

            Yup. Also, car loans come with a different timespan. Monthly payments are higher if you want to pay it off in 3 years vs 6 years. It has nothing to do with credit (well, maybe only a little bit).

          • Adrynalyne

            That too.

          • fck

            You are stupid if you do a 6 year car loan!

          • Butters619

            Why? Some auto makers offer 0% interest for up to 60 months. Some 72. A new car should surely last more than 6 years. I

          • Michael CrackMonkey

            It also depends on how much you put down. I put a little over $20K down on a car that sells for $60K but since I paid under $50K I was able to keep my payments reasonable. Of course reasonable is subjective. It all depends on your particular circumstance.

          • Adrynalyne

            I know you thought that would be funny, but you have no idea what kind of car I drive and therefore that makes no sense.

          • noc007

            For that price, might as well sign up for Comcast’s 500mb residential fiber. It’s pretty much their MetroE service at a more “affordable” price, but it has an installation fee (less than business), and a 3 year contract.

      • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

        At that price, I’m not sure I can afford NOT to buy it!

      • jose

        ARE THEY STUPID?!

        • MotoRulz

          Survey says….. YES

          • Adrynalyne

            No, many of their customers are, because this will sell. This makes them smart.

      • mcdonsco

        It’s actually $9,720 for 24 months (you forgot the $30/month line access charge) that and how in the heck did you get it to say $335/month for 50gb? I just did it and it’s showing $375/month???

        • NexusPhan

          Haha. This includes my company discount. IT’S EVEN WORSE THAN I THOUGHT!

      • Pakmann2k

        Let’s do some math. $9,724 is the total cost (without discount) for 2yrs and lands you 1,200 GBs in total. That’s $8.10/GB. To stream Iron Man 2 in HD from Netflix, you will use roughly 2.8GB/hr x 2hrs = 5.6Gbs. So, $45.36 to “skip paying wi-fi fees.” Maybe you will use this device while on vacation with the family like the ad says. Well, Junior’s episode of SpongeBob (SD quality) is gonna cost about $4.05 each. Gee Verizon, thanks for being so considerate to my financial needs. This is gonna save me a ton while on vacation.

      • michael arazan

        Verizon, “If You Have To Ask How Much It Is, You Can’t Afford It” — Policy

        Dam, Google needs to start rolling out Fiber faster!

    • Pakmann2k

      Remember when DL showed the article of how you can pull the SIM out of a phone and drop it into the Motorola XOOM and it would connect on 4G? I wonder if I could buy one of these devices outright and then just drop my SIM in it and have unlimited data. I would be curious to see someone try.

      • Finire

        Verizon has improved there device detection by massive amounts to try and prevent just this..

  • Jason Downing

    Probably going to introduce new horrendous pricing.. 2GB for $50 … Good for users who ONLY read email.

    • hfoster52

      If your email client was Pine.

      • Raven

        Lol, pine. I used that for many many years.

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing