Since I’m recovering today from spending 21 hours getting home from Copenhagen (shown), I can think of no better time to announce this giveaway.
I have here one Broadband2Go USB device to give to one lucky reader. How cool is that?
I own one of these thingamobs and I love it. I scoff at all those airports, cafes, and hotels that want to charge me a fortune just to log onto their Wi-Fi network. I whip out this little gizmo, plug it into my netbook, and click connect. I’m up and surfing in seconds. But the best part about this particular 3G (cellular) data device is that it is prepaid. I don’t pay a monthly fee. I just load it up with $10 before I go on a trip â€“or whenever I find myself in need of mobile Net access.
I’m not the sort of road warrior who can justify spending $70 a month for mobile Net access. I can get my email to my cell phone and limp onto a Web site or two with it. But I do travel. And when I do, I always long for a way to log on without paying the highway robbery some hotels and airports charge for Wi-Fi. This device is perfect. I only pay for cellular Net access when I need it. I even share it with my husband when we travel (if he asks very nicely) because it’s easy to move from one computer to another.
And now you can (maybe) have your own Broadband2Go device for free. You’ll have to pay to connect once you get it but connecting is remarkably inexpensive. I put $10 on mine before we left for Copenhagen. Dan and I both used it whenever the need came up to download email or surf the Web. It was a one-week trip and we still haven’t used up that $10. (Though it did not actually work in Sweden or Copenhagen. There is a coverage map at Virgin Mobile. It runs on the Sprint nationwide 3G network.) We did use it quite a bit in airports on the way to and from the northlands though.
Here’s what you do: Tell me â€“ in the comments â€“ where you are planning to go with your laptop or netbook. Someplace exotic? The cafÃ© around the corner? Your mother’s house? I will run the randomizer on the comments and pick one winner. Your stories don’t really affect your chance of winning. But I enjoy reading them.
Update: This contest is closed. Random.org picked the number 20. So Clover is the lucky winner!