Cell carriers have been cashing in on mobile broadband in the last few years. If customers want to avoid a contract, the USB modem has to be purchased at full price and there’s no break on the monthly bills. A company called
Telava intends to upend that model
. The so-called “Broadband Bullet” is a prepaid USB data stick that you don’t even have to buy.
The Bullet is piggybacking on T-Mobile’s 3G network, so coverage isn’t going to be as expansive as Verizon might be. The device will operate on both HSPA 7.2Mbps and HSPA+ 12Mbps networks. The USB modem also has a microSD card slot for storage.
The cost is probably the real attention getter here. That business about not buying it? Yep, just leave a $100 security deposit and bring it back when you’re done. You can also buy it outright for $200, but why would you? Service is $50 per month for 5GB of data, and $60 for unlimited bandwidth. This is certainly of note seeing as the actual cell carriers usually won’t even sell you an uncapped data plan anymore. Not a bad deal for contract-free data. Color us intrigued.