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Verizon Wireless Broadband - Novatel Wireless USB727

I'm testing the Verizon Wireless Broadband using USB727 modem developed by Novatel Wireless. So far my experience is not amusing compare to Compass™ 597 by Sierra Wireless (Sprint broadband service). My personal experience of using Verizon wireless broadband is slow compare to Sprint.

I get 1.5-2Mb download and 500-600kbps for upload using Sprint broadband, while Verizon only give me around 1Mb-500kbps download and 100-500kbps upload.
Working while in metro subway from Washington DC to Vienna VA, I have 50-60 percentage connection to the Internet.
In open space, I prefer to use Sprint broadband wireless for Internet speed. I rarely disconnect to the Internet.
The installation approach of Sprint is user friendly. When you plug in your Compass™ 597 by Sierra Wireless to your laptop USB drive. It will automatically detect if you need to install the software. The installation process is straight forward, just accept the default setting and you're set. If you have existing Sprint View connection software, all you have to do is click on "Connect" to start your session.
For Verizon wireless card, you need to use the CD installer to setup your software. If you're a geek, you can copy this installer to the USB memory stick and start the installation from there. There are some questions during the installation, I think some of them are not needed but just accept the default.
In my current working environment, plug and play installation is the preferred choice. Therefore, Sprint setup is a win.
The cost comparison is the same, $59.95 per month for unlimited nationwide internet access.
If you have question, please post your comments here.
Cheers for now.


  1. The compass 597 really rocks! For others who might want more information about it, check out our video review of the compass 597 at

    as you know, most everyone will get a U727 or Compass 597 so they can provide internet access to a single computer (like laptops)...

    but some folks need to share their EVDO with more than one computer, (or perhaps share with their iPhone or iPod Touch, via WiFi)

    if that sounds like something you would be interested in, then check out EVDO routers like those from


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