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Temp/No-Contract Internet Options

What Options Are Available for Temporary/Short-Term/Occasional Internet Access?

3Gstore has been helping all kinds of customers with their mobile broadband needs for years, and we understand that different users have different needs. Many of our customers turn to mobile broadband because they need mobile internet access (or an alternative to dial-up or satellite) all the time, but we also understand that some customers only need the mobile broadband access for temporary or infrequent use. Folks who have cable/DSL internet access at home and only need mobile broadband a few times a year when they travel, or for a special event, or for backup/emergency usage understandably don't want to sign a 2-year contract with a mobile broadband provider... but they aren't sure what other options are available to them! Whether you need internet access for one weekend or simply don't use it enough to justify a 2-year contract, 3Gstore has options available to get you connected (and save you money)!

Pick from the tabs above to see our suggested solutions for temporary/infrequent/backup mobile broadband access!

3Gstore has partnered with Millenicom to offer 20GB of nationwide 3G and 4G LTE mobile broadband service for just $69.99/month, with NO contract, credit check, or cancellation fees! The service utilizes the popular Novatel MiFi 4620LE hotspot (pictured below), which costs $179.99 to purchase and activate and is yours to keep even if you ever decide to cancel your Millenicom service.

millenicom novatel mifi 4620LE

The below frequently asked questions will answer most questions about Millenicom's service:

Millenicom's pricing is very straightforward. The costs are as follows:
  • The MiFi 4620LE hotspot costs $179.99 (this includes an activation fee, setup charge for the hotspot and your router, and a cable to use with the router). Tax applies only if your shipping address is in Illinois.
  • Standard shipping rates apply, just like all items purchased from 3Gstore - click here to read our full shipping policy.
  • The monthly service costs $69.99 and there are no taxes or overage fees.
  • There is no cancellation fee, but if you cancel your service and then later decide to sign up again, there is a $19.99 reactivation fee to restart your service.
There are NO other fees involved!

How and when is the $69.99/mo billed?

Millenicom will charge your credit or debit card (no other payment options are available) on the 1st of every month for the $69.99/mo service fee (you'll be charged a prorated fee for your first month on the day you sign up - see below). By default, Millenicom will charge the credit/debit card you used when you purchased the device, but you can update your billing information or change your credit card at any time by logging in to Millenicom's Member Center.

What will I be charged when I place my order?

3Gstore will charge you the $179.99 for the MiFi 4620LE hotspot (which includes an activation fee, setup charge for the hotspot and your router, and a cable to use with the router), along with the cost of the router you select (and any other accessories you add) and whichever shipping method you choose. Millenicom will charge you a prorated service fee for the remainder of the month (and they will prorate the fee by five extra days to account for shipping/processing time), and if you are purchasing within the last 10 days of the month, you will also be charged in full for the upcoming month. For example:
  • If you order on March 10th, Millenicom will charge you $36.80 for the remaining 16 days of March (the first five days are waived to account for shipping/processing time); your regular $69.99 monthly service charge will begin on April 1st.
  • If you order on March 25th, Millenicom will charge you $2.30 for the remaining 1 day of March (the first five days are waived to account for shipping/processing time) AND $69.99 for April's service; your regular $69.99 monthly service charge will begin on May 1st.

You can read the full FAQ here: Millenicom FAQ


Advantages of Millenicom:
  • No contract
  • Highest data allowance of any prepaid/no-contract option
  • No credit check - all you need to get set up is your name, address, and credit card info!
  • No cancellation fee - since thereís no contract, you can cancel any time without paying an early termination fee!
  • 3G and 4G LTE service
Drawbacks of Millenicom:
  • Higher cost than Datajack
  • $19.99 reactivation fee if you cancel the service and then want to reactivate it later.

Interested in Millenicom mobile broadband service? If you are interested in Millenicom, the first step is check coverage in the area you plan to use the service. You can then order the hotspot, router and service! For more details, check out the Millenicom FAQ.

DataJackís service allows customers to utilize a nationwide 3G mobile broadband network, with no contract, activation fees, or cancellation fees... and you can choose from 4 service plan options to fit your data needs!

How it works: you purchase the Datajack modem and your first month of service (choose from 200MB for $9.99/mo, 500MB for $19.99/mo, 1GB for $29.99/mo, or 5GB for $49.99/mo). 3Gstore will activate the service for you (you can choose whether you want us to activate it before we ship or if you prefer to wait until you receive it) - after your first month is up, you can then choose to pay for another month, set up recurring billing, or simply let the service stop until the next time you need it. No credit check or personal information is required, and you can cancel any time.

Why use DataJack's no-contract mobile broadband service?
  • No contract, no credit check, no activation fee
  • Save money!
  • Avoid getting locked into a 3G contract when 4G may be coming to your area soon
  • Vacations
  • Business travel
  • Backup usage
Advantages of DataJack:
  • No contract
  • Choose the amount of data you need
  • No credit check - all you need to get set up is your name, address, and credit card info!
  • No activation fee - most carriers charge an activation fee to set up your service.
  • No cancellation fee - since thereís no contract, you can cancel any time without paying an early termination fee!
  • No taxes for MOST customers (customers in Illinois may be subject to sales tax on the initial purchase; customers in Texas may be subject to sales tax on the monthly service)
Drawbacks of DataJack:
  • 3G only

Interested in DataJack mobile broadband service? If you are interested in DataJack, the first step is check coverage in the area you plan to use the service. You can then order the modem and service! For more details, check out the DataJack FAQ.


pay as you go mobile broadband

Pre-Paid (AKA Pay-as-you-Go) Mobile Broadband requires NO contract, NO credit checks, and NO deposits and is the ideal solution for folks needing only occasional mobile broadband access, a backup internet plan, temporary access for a conference or tradeshow, infrequent travelers, and anyone simply wanting to avoid a credit check and contract. However, you must purchase a modem outright - unlike with a 2-year contract, where the carriers will give you an aircard at a super-discounted price.

What are the costs of pay-as-you-go service? Both Sprint and Verizon offer pre-paid service if you own your own device. For Verizon's pre-paid service, you may use ANY Verizon modem that isn't currently in use on another line of service. Sprint only allows their pre-paid service to be used if you own one of these three modems: the Franklin U600 (aka Sprint 3G/4G Plug-in-Connect USB), the Novatel Merlin CC208, or the Sierra Tri-Fi Hotspot. You CANNOT use Sprint's pre-paid service with ANY other Sprint device.

Brand new modems purchased directly from Verizon or Sprint cost $200-$300, but 3Gstore has a variety of No-Contract Verizon modems that are perfect for use with one of Verizon's no-contract service options. We do not carry any of the three devices that Sprint allows to be used with their prepaid service.

In addition to the modem, you will also need to pay for the service. Verizon's pre-paid service is available in increments of 250MB ($15, expires after 1 week), 3GB ($60, expires after 30 days), or 10GB ($90, expires after 30 days). Sprint's pre-paid service is available in increments of 150MB ($15, lasts for 1 day), 250MB ($30, expires after 7 days), or 1.5GB ($50, expires after 30 days).

Why use pay-as-you-go mobile broadband service?

  • If you have cable or DSL at home and only need mobile broadband occasionally, now you can stay connected while on the road and not have to pay for the service while you're at home!
  • Business trips, conferences, trade shows
  • Backup in case your primary internet connection goes down
  • Temporary/short-term internet access
  • RV-ers who use campground WiFi - when campground WiFi is unavailable or unreliable, you'll have a backup ready
  • Canadian travelers who want to stay connected on their trips to the US

Advantages of pay-as-you-go mobile broadband service:

  • No credit checks and no deposits
  • No contract
  • No monthly fees
  • Flexibility - since you own the modem, you can have it available as a backup and simply activate the pre-paid service or add more data when you need it
  • Easy to activate or add more data on the phone or online

Drawbacks to pay-as-you-go mobile broadband service:

  • Relatively high start-up cost, since you must purchase the modem.
  • Pay more for the data vs Datajack
  • Pre-Paid data must be used in a certain amount of time after activating - if you don't use it, you lose it.

Interested in Sprint's or Verizon's pre-paid service? The first step is check coverage in the area you plan to use the service to make sure coverage is available where you need it. Then you'll need to order a no-contract modem and then contact Sprint or Verizon to set up the service.


USB760 Verizon MiFi

Unlike other carriers, Verizon does not require a two-year contract to use their 3G or 4G mobile broadband service - they also allow customers to go month-to-month on the exact same plans they offer 2-year contract customers (for 3G/4G devices you can choose either the $50/mo 5GB plan or the $80/mo 10GB plan; 3G-only devices use the $59.99/mo 5GB plan). However, you must purchase a modem outright or own your own Verizon modem - unlike with a 2-year contract, where the carriers will give you an aircard at a super-discounted price. (Note: Verizon also has a pre-paid option, which is different than their month-to-month service. Click the "pre-paid" tab to read more about that option.)

What are the costs of going month-to-month with Verizon? In order go month-to-month with Verizon, you must purchase your own modem/aircard outright. Brand new modems purchased directly from Verizon cost $200-$300, but 3Gstore has a variety of no-contract Verizon modems that are perfect for use with Verizon's month-to-month service:

In addition to the modem, you will also need to pay for the service. Verizon's month-to-month service costs the same as their 2-year contract service: $50/mo for 5GB or $80/mo for 10GB for 3G/4G devices; $59.99/mo for 5GB for 3G-only devices.

Advantages of Verizon's month-to-month service:

  • No 2-year contract, so no penalty for canceling.
  • Flexibility - since you own the modem, you can have it available as a backup and simply activate it when you need it
  • Month-to-Month service costs exactly the same as the 2-year contract, just without a contract
  • Just like 2-year contract customers, when you're signed up for Verizon's month-to-month service you also get access to Verizon's network of free WiFi hotspots

Drawbacks to Verizon's month-to-month service:

  • Relatively high start-up cost (since you have to buy the modem outright)
  • Requires a $35 activation fee, and if you turn off the service, you'll have to pay it again next time you activate
  • Month-to-month service still requires a credit check, just like a 2-year contract.

Interested in Verizon's month-to-month service? The first step is to check coverage in the area you plan to use the service. You can order a no-contract modem and then call Verizon to activate service.


USB760 Sprint 598U

Pay-as-you-go or month-to-month service is great for folks who don't need mobile broadband service very often, but if you need mobile broadband service more often, signing a 2-year contract may be a good idea - even if you don't need the service all the time. Both Verizon and Sprint allow their customers to put their service on hold for a period of time so that you don't have to pay the monthly fee while you're not using the service! This is perfect for folks who need the service fairly often, but want to save some money during the months that they don't need it (for example, an RVer who uses mobile broadband on the road most of the time but doesn't need it two months that they are at home in the winter). Both Sprint and Verizon allow customers to put their accounts "on hold" for up to a total of 6 months a year.

What are the costs of putting your Sprint or Verizon 2-year contract on hold? Verizon charges a $15 fee to put your contract on hold (and while your service is on hold, you don't pay anything); there is no fee to turn it back on. Sprint doesn't charge a fee to put your service on hold, but instead charges $8.99/month while the service is suspended (instead of your regular monthly fee).


Advantages of going with a 2-year contract and putting your service on hold when you don't need it:
  • Because you're signing a 2-year contract, the device itself will be cheap or even free
  • Save money when you don't need the service
Drawbacks to signing a contract and putting your service on hold:
  • If you need service VERY infrequently, a 2-year contract is likely still not going to be worth it for you, even with standby mode as an option.
  • Time spent on standby does not count towards your contract.
  • Requires a credit check (all 2-year contracts do)
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