3G Store Now Selling Verizon Phones! Our Pick: the LG Dare
|Friday, 10 October 2008|
3Gstore.com is Now Selling Verizon Phones!
For over four years EVDOinfo and 3Gstore.com have been your source for aircards and EVDO modems and all of their accessories, and now we are excited to announce that you can purchase your Verizon cell phones/PDAs and service with us, too!
While there are a myriad of cellphones and smartphones available from Verizon, from your basic bare-bones flip phone to the latest touch-screen PDAs, we at EVDOinfo.com have found a true gem amongst the available models: the LG Dare.
The Dare is one of Verizon's newest offerings, and it was clearly designed with the iPhone in mind. It features a touch screen, a media player that includes live mobile TV capabilities, superb camera and camcorder (3.2 megapixels), works with all of our Cradlepoint routers, and is the first Verizon phone to feature EVDO Rev-A!!!
All other cool features aside, the lightning-fast internet access is far and away the best part of this phone. We tested the speeds of the Dare and got results that were comperable to (if not better than) speeds we experience with a dedicated EVDO device like a USB modem. Here is what we found with the phone tethered directly to a MacBook Pro, using VZAccess Manager (test location was Dallas, Tx):
We then attached it to a Cradlepoint CTR350 router at the exact same location and saw similar results:
Obviously, your speeds will vary based on how strong your signal is and whether you are in a Rev-A coverage area, but these strong results make the Dare a great candidate for tethering and even using in a router. Here's how it looks/works in the Cradlepoint PHS300:
Rev-A compatibility is just one of the features we like on the Dare. Let's take a look at some of the other features it offers:
As with any device, there are a few downsides:
Who is this phone best for?
Because of the Rev-A access, the LG Dare would be a great option for people who want to occassionally use their phone as a modem, either in a router or directly to a computer. For people that would like to use mobile broadband but don't use it often enough to warrant purchasing an aircard and committing to paying $59.99 per month for two years, using your phone as a modem is a great solution. It costs $59.99 per month to add the tether feature to your phone plan, BUT it is not a permanent feature. You can add and remove it as you need it and only pay for the days it is active.
Even if tethering is not important to you, the phone is also an attractive option if you're looking for a device that doubles as a media device and offers a lot of the same features as the iPhone.
How much does it cost?
Verizon's price for the LG Dare is $169.99 with a 2-year contract. If you purchase from 3G Store, your price is $99 ($149.99 minus a $50 mail-in rebate) when you sign up for a new 2-year contract.
Monthly plans start at $39.99 per month for 450 minutes and go up from there. VCast (internet) access is $15/month (first month free) and there are many other options to choose from, such as text messaging plans and extended warranties. Tethering is $49.99/month but is a removable feature - you pay only when the feature is active.
Messaging / Data Services
How do I order?
To place an order, first look over your plan options and then call 3G Store at 866-347-8673!
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