If you're old enough, you might remember this company called NetZero, which gave away ad-supported, free dialup Internet service (and premium internet service too) in the 90s. Now, the company is introducing internet service worthy of the times: 4G mobile hotspot service with no contracts and absolutely free for the first 200MB of data per month for the first year. That free 200MB plan isn't even ad-supported, making the deal even sweeter.
You will have to buy NetZero hardware, however. A 4G USB modem you plug into your laptop costs $50 and a 4G mobile hotspot compatible with up to eight Wi-Fi devices (your laptop, tablet, desktop PC) is $100.NetZero operates on Clearwire's network, the same network that Sprint does. You'd have to check NetZero's cities map to make sure your area is covered.
After the first year, you may be required to choose a paid plan to continue service. The lowest plan right now after the free one is $9.95 for 500 MB, while the Platinum plan costs $49.95 for 4GB of data. These are comparable to AT&T's and Verizon's costly data plans which start at $10 for 500 MB.
Considering, NetZero is giving away 200MB of data for free for 12 months--after the hardware investment, it might be worth a try. Find out more about NetZero or tell us what's your cheap mobile internet solution?