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Verizon Expands 4G Portfolio

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Verizon Wireless

expanded its selection of 4G USB modems and launched the first of two planned 4G mobile hot spots.

The Samsung-made 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot will be available in stores on March 31 at $99.99 with a new two-year customer agreement on a 4G Mobile Broadband plan. It will enable up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices at a time to share a 4G LTE connection to the Internet with download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps. The device, which measures 2.32 by 3.54 by 0.45 inches, also operates in Verizon's 3G CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A markets.

 The Novatel-made Verizon USB551L USB modem will join two other 4G USB modems, one by LG and one by Pantech.

The new model connects with laptops based on the following operating systems: the Windows XP 32-bit, Vista 32/64-bit (SP2), Windows 7 32/64-bit, and MAC: 10.4 or higher.

The Novatel-made modem became available to order March 31 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and on the carrier's web site at $99.99 with two-year customer agreement on a 4G Mobile Broadband plan.

Verizon's 4G plans start at $50/month for 5GB of data usage.

Currently, the only 4G phone offered by Verizon is HTC's ThunderBolt, but LG plans to offer

its first LTE phone

for Verizon in the second or third quarters, LH has said. Both models are Android smartphones.

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