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T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 4G Laptop Stick
The T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 4G Laptop Stick serves as a modem that can connect your laptop to 4G Internet access on the go, even in locations that have no available Wi-Fi connection. Simply plug the laptop stick into the USB port on your laptop, install the appropriate software, and then connect to the Internet through mobile broadband or Wi-Fi options, when available. How does the Rocket 3.0 4G stack up against other mobile modems? It's one of the better ones on the market.
The stick does require a data plan, and if you've surpassed your monthly limit, the speed is throttled. It's still usable in emergencies, but it is very slow. Until you reach that limit, however, the device delivers Internet at a very fast speed. Even if you want to watch movies and play games online, you can do that smoothly with the laptop stick. If you choose your data plan carefully, you'll never go over the limit and you can enjoy speedy Internet all month long.
The Rocket 3.0 is a USB modem, with a collapsible USB head that can also swivel up to 90 degrees. This means that when you plug it into your computer, you can adjust it to clear up the USB port area a little bit more. This is especially nice, since this laptop stick is 1.1" x 3.4" x 0.5", a little bit bulkier than a typical USB plug-in. This way you can use the stick but not worry about taking up all the USB port space. Along with the stick, there's also an extension cable so you can plug in the laptop even if the USB is in a hard-to-get-to location. You can also use the modem's microSD slot to use the modem as a thumb drive to store files.
The other especially great thing about this particular device is its built-in software, compatible on both Mac and Windows computers. While most other mobile modems require you to install the compatible software from a CD onto a computer before you use it, all you have to do with the Rocket 3.0 is plug it in. It'll do the rest of the work by itself. The process takes less than a minute, and from then on you can use the stick on that computer with no hassle at all.
As far as connection goes, the modem finds network connections very quickly, choosing from either EDGE, 3G, or 4G - whichever is the fastest network available. The data speeds are extremely high, which means it's easy to use a lot of data very quickly, so make sure you get a data plan large enough to cover all the things you intend to do.
- Swiveling USB head makes it easier to use alongside other USB plug-ins
- Built-in connector software installs rapidly on your computer, allowing you to connect to the Internet in under a minute
- Connect to 4G, 3G, or EDGE mobile networks for incredible mobile connection speed
- Save on data plan usage by using Rocket 3.0 software to locate and access T-Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots
- Send text messages with your computer over the mobile network to easily communicate with friends and family
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