published December 24th, 2010 | categories: CR-48, Hardware, Informational | all categories
The Google CR-48 netbook comes with a free 2 year, 100MB/month Verizon data package and built-in 3G hardware. After entering all my information to Verizon, including a credit card for identity verification, I was successfully able to access the 3G network.
After connecting to the 3G network, I navigated to speedtest.net to see what I could get at 10PM on Christmas Eve. Here are the results.
- 0.87Mbs download
- 0.41Mbs upload
- Latency: 237Ms
Not really all that great, but not all that bad either. After fiddling around for a couple of minutes, I took a look at my data usage and realized that I was now at 92MB out of 100MB total for the month. I used a total of 8MB over the course of around 5 minutes. Yikes!
Read Google’s page on how to buy more data for your 3G package on the CR-48 at http://www.google.com/support/chromeos/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1059130. A portion of the page reads like this:
You can choose from the following data plans:
- $9.99 for a day pass with unlimited data
- $19.99 for 1 GB (valid for 30 days)
- $34.99 for 3 GB (valid for 30 days)
- $49.99 for 5 GB (valid for 30 days)
Steps to purchase more data
- Click the network icon in the top-right corner of your screen.
- Select Verizon Wireless.
- Click Buy data plan in the dialog that appears. This button is only available if you’ve run out of free data.
- Follow the instructions on your screen to complete your purchase.
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