NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- There is fan rage, road rage -- and now, it seems, 4G rage.Who knows how the combined mobile might of Verizon ( VZ), T-Mobile, AT&T ( T) and Sprint ( S) lost it on turn two of the 4G Cellular Network Marketing 500. But believe it. There's a 13-car pileup out on the track. And fire and debris everywhere.
|Every new iteration of Verizon 4G LTE products offer not just good performance, but absurdly good performance -- but the network remains erratic and unreliable.|
When it works, the 551L works. Clearly, Verizon has had just about enough of the bad 4G buzz. Every new iteration of 4G offers not just good performance, but absurdly good performance. The 551L banishes all issues of previous Verizon 4G modems from LG and Pantech. Gone are the ugly looks and clunk factor. Today's 551L is thin, well-designed and easy to configure. Install the company's VZAccess Manager software, plug in the modem, hit a few buttons and, poof, you are doing business in spectacular digital style. I'll save you the geek factor, but access is basically three times faster than what you are using to read this article. Overall -- given the right location and provisioning -- you could easily run your business remotely using this tool with nary a wire in site. What you don't get
When this sucker doesn't work, it really doesn't work.
Verizon is clearly the mobile 4G leader for small-business data access. When this system works, it is -- without doubt -- the fastest, most powerful and most effective business Web access technology I have tested. But coverage is limited, the technology can be affected by other factors and when 4G goes against you, it definitely puts you in touch with your inner angry child. Until those extremes get worked out, which will probably be 2012 at the earliest, 4G will remain its own worst small-business enemy. >To submit a news tip, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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