The Kyocera UM 150 USB modem is meant to be a budget modem offering from Verizon. It does not require hot-spots and utilizes Verizon’s EVDO Rev A network. It weighs only 1.6 ounces and plugs into a USB port on the computer, either laptop or desktop, to connect to the Internet at speeds that are often comparable to that of traditional DSL or Cable. It is certainly not as fast as its more expensive cousins, but does deliver a decent performance. The average download speeds that can be expected from Verizon’s EVDO Rev A network are 600 kilobits to 1.4 megabits per second and upload speeds will be typically between 500 to 800 Kbps. This modem has a microSD slot that supports cards up to 4GB in size, meant to be used as an outboard storage unit. The pull out antenna and Y cable extensions help to increase the reception quality of the modem.The Kyocera UM 150 also features a neat set of LEDs on its body to indicate signal strength and data receive/send status.
The Kyocera UM 150 USB modem is being sold online for $129.99 with a new 2 year agreement and Broadband Access plan. There is a $50 dollar instant online discount, so that the cost comes down to a more reasonable $79.99.
-Nifty MicroSD card facility for data storage
-Good download and upload speeds
-Useful LED display
-Inexpensive option for the budget-conscious
-Is a little bulky
-Does not top the speed tests
The Kyocera UM150 USB modem is a great choice for budget-minded notebook users who require good down-link/up-link speeds and can make use of the built-in MicroSD slot for file storage.