Broadband2Go software download, UNLIMITED internet is a go!
After a false start yesterday, Virgin Mobile USA got their unlimited internet deal off the ground 🙂 Woohoo for $40 a month for unlimited internet! NOTE: post updated with links to Broadband2Go software download links…
Here are some photos of the setup process and some initial speed results at the end:
isn’t the modem cute?! 😉
modem intimidating a pen
it switches to EVDO after you activate it… and you can see the regular looking connection manager here
Ohh shucks, only 400GB of bandwidth left ;-).
Virgin Mobile/Sprint network: Download speeds here in smalltown Missouri are very decent: connecting at 3mbs with 150kbs-200kbs actual download speeds.
Verizon: This compares to Verizon in this town where 120kbs actual DL is best case and the connectivity drops out like AT&T on a bad day ;-). Normally I like Verizon but in this particular town they seem saturated 🙁
Conclusion on Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go: good so far!
2010.08.27 Update: ping times, Games, Remote Desktop Connection
John requested some ping and latency info. Surprisingly, I haven’t been able to do a regular ping from the command line (the request always times out) so I had to resort to pingtest.net and here are the results from tonight:
(click for the full size version)
The screenshot makes it look pretty terrible tonight, but I’m not sure those results are accurate.
Games: I tried SC2 and it played very nicely. Haven’t tried VOIP yet…
Remote Desktop: I opened a couple simultaneous RDC connections and they were usable. Not the most responsive I’ve ever seen, but fine for server administration or other routine (non-image heavy) activities .
2011.04.18 Update: BroadBand2Go is no longer unlimited 🙁
Unfortunately in January 2011 Virgin Mobile reduced the monthly download limit to 5GB. When that happened I switched back to my Verizon (originally Alltel) unlimited account.
At some point later I believe Virgin mobile further reduced the monthly download limit to approximately 2.5GB before being throttled. 🙁 It seems like quite a “bait and switch” by Virgin Mobile to get people to signup for their service touting unlimited downloading, only to decrease it drastically a few months later. Bummer.
So, here is a [download id=”10451″ format=”1″] of the Broadband2Go software that came with my Ovation MC760 USB adapter. I hope this helps!