I recently purchased my first dongle from Verizon Wireless and it has my attention. It is a 4G LTE dongle manufactured by LG and I love it! Verizon is claiming data speeds of 5-12mbps on the downlink and 2-5mbps on the uplink. Actually I have no idea what that means, but I will say that I cannot tell the difference between it and the wired network in my office. That is fast enough for me. My dongle will not be the last 4G LTE device that I purchase – I can’t wait for a phone, tablet, or the numerous embedded devices that this is sure to lead to in a 4G world.
The monthly cost of my dongle is about the same as Wi-Fi in a hotel room for a few nights a month and it is much more portable. In addition to hotel rooms, I use it in coffee shops, airports, client offices, and I even used it to send three large .pptx files on a Southwest flight where I stopped but did not change planes – the “in-flight Wi-Fi” was too slow for those files. Previously those .pptx files would not have been received by my client until I got to my hotel that night well after the close of business.
The 4G dongle is the next step in a smaller, faster, fully connected, wireless world. In short, it has shown me that 4G will be a major game changer for wireless industry.