Want More Bandwidth?????

Verizon Air Card UMW190

Many people utilize the Verizon Air Card UMW190 to connect to the Internet while traveling. It is a great tool and with some exceptions you can usually get online anywhere. I have used it for 2 years and was happy with its ability to wander the Internet. I read email, pay bills, purchase stuff online, read blogs and watch movies on occassion. However there is only one drawback to the air card that really irks me. It only allows you 5 GB per month.

you will NEVER use 5GB!!

When I purchased it and signed up for the 2 year contract, the sales person at Best Buy told me that I would NEVER approach 5GB. I guess he didn’t know me very well.  I not only use all of the 5GB allotted per month, but there have even been times when I go over that amount.  Then you are paying big bucks.

You ask how I am using so much bandwidth.  Well I like to watch movies and I am also one of those people that click on the little arrow within blogs that take you to a 5 minute short video.  What is so wrong with that?  Nothing except it uses up all your allotted bandwidth.  A movie can use between 1.5-2GB.  I was limited to one movie per month and if I was real careful in my Internet reading I could squeeze a second movie out of it without having to pay out the nose.

To make a long story short (HA!), my 2 year contract on the air card expired in Nov and I was hoping I could come up with a better solution for my Internet viewing.  In the meantime, I had also signed up for Amazon’s Prime Membership.  They have over 11,000 movies you can stream to your computer or tablet and many of them are FREE.  What a deal!

I contacted my friend Ed of “The travels of Ed, Carol & Gopher the dog ” fame.  He suggested I might check out the Escapees Forum for more information.  He also threw out the name Millenicom, which I had heard before.  The escapees forum has loads of information but I wasn’t sure what to buy.  But based on many of their readers I started to investigate the Millenicom 3G/4G Hotspot that so many people had mentioned.  The more I read about it the more I liked what I saw.


  1. It is a 3G/4G Hotspot Samsung modem that will go out and try to obtain a 4G signal if it is available, otherwise it will get you a 3G signal.
  2. There is no contract to sign and you can stop service anytime you like.
  3. You are entitled to 10GB of 3G and an additional 10GB of 4G.  Or you can get 20GB of and combination of 3G or 4G.
  4. You can hook up to 5 wireless devises to it.
  5. Only $69.99 per month.  The price on their site states $80 per month but if you sign up now they will grandfather in the lower price.
  6. Did I mention NO CONTRACT!

So I went ahead and pulled the trigger.  It costs me a total of $221.82 which includes the hotspot modem, a one-time set-up fee, shipping and the first month’s usage.  When it came it I followed their instructions and was on the Internet in no time at all.  I was staying in Fernley, NV working at Amazon at the time and I was getting a 4G signal from Reno, NV.  It was really fast.  I still had my Verizon Air Card which I disconnected and stopped using in December as soon as I got the Millenicom hotspot.  I didn’t want to cancel that service in case there were any problems using the Hotspot.  I wanted to wait until I was traveling to see if it worked as well as the Verizon.  I took it with me to SO CA and was using it there without any trouble.  I used it at the airports both in Phoenix and Las Vegas and then used it on the road all the way to Quartzsite where I am able to get a good 3G signal.

I am hooked.  They bill my credit card automatically.  The only problem I see thus far is “How much bandwidth do I really use?”  I wrote there support and asked them how I know the amount of bandwidth used in a month.  They do not have that information available online, but told me they would be happy to send me the amount if I submitted a ticket.  So when my first month was up I submitted a ticket thru their support system and they sent me a reply.

WHAT!  I used 11GB!!!

I USED 11GB FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER!!!  I couldn’t believe it.  With my Amazon Prime Membership I was able to watch 8 full-length movies, plus all my other Internet activities and still have 9GB left over.  If I had still been hooked to my Verizon Air Card my bill would probably have wiped out all my income for many months.

I still haven’t used my Verizon Air Card and had suspended service so I wouldn’t get billed.  I am calling them and tell them to cancel all air card service from now on.  The Millenicom 3G/4G Hotspot is the only way to go.  Now I can watch a movie or surf the Internet anytime I want for as long as I want without the constant worry about going over the limit.  I used to have an Excel spreadsheet that showed me how much I used daily and how much I have left.  I won’t need that anymore!

I have included a pic of it.  It is very small and can even fit into your pocket.  It does have a power cord but also contains a lithium battery which lasts a very long time.  It’s range is about 350 feet so you can have it in your rig and be outside enjoying the great outdoors while surfing the net.



8 thoughts on “Want More Bandwidth?????

  1. Wow! This information is invaluable to me. I work online and use 12Gig minimum just for work and regular stuff. That’s no movies, very little youtube, etc. I have Verizon Mifi – $80 a month for 10 gig. Like you I had no idea I used so much per month. Well lemme tell you I’m paying through the nose for it. (add’l charge for each gig used over 10). So, can one use the 20 gig if it is all in 3G? Even here at home I can only access 3G speed. I’d be willing to pay to cancel Verizon if I needed to in order to get Millenicom. Thanks for a most helpful post.

  2. The question I have is this through the Escapees because we have been members for years and not heard about Millenicom. Also do you need an American address as you do with Verizon as we are Canadian Citizens that travel throughout Canada and the USA. Do you know where I can find a link to this company?

    Thanks from Rick.

    It’s about time.

    • This is not an Escapees program. I just read about it on the Escapees Discussion Forum in the “Internet Access on the Road” forum. I would do a search using “Millencom” and you will get all kinds of information. I am not sure about the American address. I suggest that you contact the company directly at 1-800-996-1285 ext. 1 for customer service. I posted a link on the blog. It is http://www.millenicom.com/

  3. Jim, the only problem I am aware of is that the plan you are on does not use Verizon network. I don’t recall which one it uses but I think it was Sprint. So if you believe that VZ has the best coverage you don’t have it. Millenicom use to offer a 20GB Advanced Plan for $60 a month and that was on the VZ network and perhaps they still do, I haven’t checked.

    If I didn’t have an unlimited plan with VZ I would have bought the Advanced plan. Don Malpas has been using that plan for awhile and is very happy with it.


  4. Jim, you are a wizard at finding out information, as in the above. I did think though that you were getting in to reading, but it sounds like you are viewing a lot of movies. Enjoy!

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