I have the VirginMobile Broadband2go mifi but have given up on it. I got it because it worked fine for me in one place, Grand Marais, MN, better than the campground wifi provided. We spend a lot of short trip time in that area. But in our over 100 days of travels last year from as far west as Palm Springs, CA to as far east and south as Key West, FL mostly across the south and getting there from Minnesota we could only get satisfactory coverage in the campgrounds we stayed just two times. That was very subpar in expectations. Also, the coverage maps they publish seemed very optimistic and were found not to be all that reliable. The Sprint network is not a very good network for RV travelers in my opinion and it doesn't appear they are keeping up with Verizon and AT&T.
I used the virgin mobile broad band to go MIFI device in Florida last year. really slow. Yes it uses Sprint towers, BUT it does not get prime usage from sprint. Only if capacity on sprint towers is available and not being used by sprint customers.. I Have full sprint now using hotspot on my sprint phone and it is far faster and better than virgin ever was.
I have the Virgin mobile and it worked all the way to Cali,up to WI,OH and back.Where I live it is a no coverage area,but I guess they never told my router that.Works where my ATT phone gets no signal,slow but works.
"If momma not happy ....Who cares.I have my TH AND my toys .
The best non contract solution is Millenicom.
Here are a list of reasons
A) You get 50 GB a month unthrottled on the unlimited plan , Sprint you get 5GB a month , Virgin Mobile 2.5GB
B)You get access to all backhaul of sprint network same as being a direct Sprint customer , Virgin Mobile you get limited access to backhaul thus much slower speeds
C) No Taxes
D) No contract , There is also no contract with Virgin Mobile , Sprint has a 2 year contract
For more information and talk to other millenicom users a great place is the Millenicom forums at DSL Reports
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I bought one for my daughter, when the service was still unlimited, and after some grumbling when data limits came into the plans, they grandfathered early customers providing there is no break in service.
All I can say about it, where it works, it works well. Where it doesn't work, it doesn't work. It is on Sprint's 3G network, without the roaming privileges you would get buying service from Sprint. When there is no 3G it falls back on 1xRTY, very slow. But that doesn't happen often, where Sprint is, Sprint is mostly 3G.
With the plans offered now, Virgin pay as you go gets expensive if you use a lot of data, e.g. video streaming or voice over Internet, or even MS Windows updates. The fallback is not throttling, it is that you buy another increment of service.
Sprint's 3G network is mostly in urban areas and partway along major highways. It does not exist in "remote" areas, but you will find Sprint 3G in a few areas where AT&T or Verizon don't both exist. Not many, but I know because I live in a spot where Verizon, AllTel and Nextek are not licensed, so my choices are AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular.
Nothing has coverage everywhere. In less than 30 minutes, I can drive to a spot where nobody has mobile service. There is a campground there.