Google CR-48 Verizon 3G data packages, speed test, and review

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.

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:

Steps to purchase more data

  1. Click the network icon network icon in the top-right corner of your screen.
  2. Select Verizon Wireless.
  3. Click Buy data plan in the dialog that appears. This button is only available if you’ve run out of free data.
  4. Follow the instructions on your screen to complete your purchase.

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