Verizon LG VL600 4G USB modem review

January 4, 2011 | By | 13 Replies More

Verizon recently launched its 4G LTE wireless network and offers two 4G LTE USB modems for the notebook users. LG’s VL600 is one of them.

The LG VL600 comes in a sleek black sturdy plastic body and weighs a mere 1.76 oz. A closer look at the modem reveals the USB connector covered by a black cap that is non-detachable. You just need to flip the cap sideways and connect the modem to your notebook.

Also included with the modem are a USB extension cable and a holster. You can use the USB extension cable and holster if you want to place the 4G USB modem in a specific direction in which you feel that you get the best reception.

The VL600 comes has a single SIM slot under its cover and supports both 3G and 4G SIM cards. The modem connects to a 4G when it’s available, if not; it automatically falls back to the 3G network.

We installed the Verizon VZAccess Manager software from the CD that came with the modem and plugged it in. The LED status on the modem quickly changed from blinking orange to blinking green and we were connected to the internet. We were amazed by the speeds which we got with this modem. We downloaded an ISO image of Ubuntu Linux 10.10 x86 which was 693 MB in size. The download completed in just in 8 minutes! While travelling, the download speed has been reported to vary in between 5 Mbps to 12 Mbps. The device tends to get a little warm after some time, which is to be expected due to high speeds supported by the device. The device is 2-way text message capable and also supports Dial Up, VPN and NDIS/LAN Adapter.

The device costs you $249.99 with a month to month service plan, $169.99 with a 1 year contract, or $99.99 with a 2-year contract. Monthly data allowance plans give you options of $50 per month for 5 GB data allowance or $80 for 10 GB data allowance. Per GB rate after you run out of allowance is $10 per GB.

Here are the full technical specifications for the device:

  • Manufacturer: LG
  • Model: VL600 LTE USB Modem
  • Size: 3.88″ (H) x 1.48″ (W) x 0.58″ (D)
  • Weight: 1.76 oz
  • Connector:   USB 2.0
  • Antenna System: CDMA dual band DCN 800 MHz, PCS 1.9 GHz; LTE Band 13 700 MHz; MIMO: CDMA EVDO
  • Receive Diversity LTE MIMO 2×2
  • Technology Bands: CDMA 1xEV–DO Rev. A/Rev. 0: 800/1900 MHz, LTE CDMA (700MHz)
  • Memory / Chipset: QC MSM6800A and LG L2000

Minimum system requirements are:

  • Port: One Type A USB Port
  • Processor: 300 MHz or higher
  • Disk Drive: CD ROM
  • Memory (RAM) requirement: 128MB
  • Hard disk space requirement: 100MB
  • Internet Browser Software
  • OS Supported: Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit), Vista (32 & 64 bit) and XP (32 bit SP2 or higher)

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  1. says:

    Dosen’t Work. I tried the LG VL600 LTE USB Modem on a laptop 64 bit win7 home premium with 8 gig memory.

    Verizon’s software 64bit driver does not work. I spent 4hrs at verizon store with tech guys but they could not get it working. But installed on 32 WinXP and worked OK. We then tried on the 64bit machine another modem that was on one of their demo lap tops, and it worked. Difference being their demo modems use an imbedded driver in the modem bypassing the verizon software installed from the cd that comes with the modem. But Verizon will not sell this type of modem and said it is for their demo lap tops only. Then downloaded updated driver fromn the Web, but new driver still did not work. Gave up and went to Sprint store , and bought their 4G usb modem. I works perfect out of the box and is made by Qualcom, in my opinion a better manufacture than LG/Verizon combo.

  2. Marcia Petravicius says:

    I am having a different problem with the LG VL600 LTE modem, and have spent 6 hours on the phone, along with a replaced modem to no avail. I am on XP operating system and have had a very happy life with the 3G Verizon mobile broadband card, until I upgraded to 4G. Now I have a very unstable connection that is basically useless and am now told that my usb port is not compatible with the speed of the modem. I’m looking for a solution short of buying a new laptop (mine is only 2 years old).

    Sailor, do you happen to know the usb port requirement for the Sprint modem, and did you have to purchase the Sprint plan, or is one able to use Sprint’s modem on the Verizon plan? Sorry if this is a dumb question, I’m just frustrated and looking for a solution.

    • Jim says:


      I seem to be having a very similar problem. I upgraded to the LP 4G Modem and I have a very unstable connection. I seem to get bumped off from the network every 6 to 8 minutes. The dialog box in the lower right corner that pops up seems to go from connected to disconnected at least 3 to 5 times in a 12 minute period. I was very happy when I had the pantech white modem but now I am very upset. I have called technical support and I seem not to get anywhere. I am constantly removing the device and reinserting. Very frustrated and looking for a solution. I used to complain about AT&T thinking Verizon was the best. Maybe I should look at the portable wifi device that can avoid my USB.

      • Tom says:

        My 4g connection works great – if I am in a 4g area and set the device to LTE only. When in 3g mode it disconnects every 3 or so minutes. I installed the new VZAccess manager software and new firmware and now it will stay connected longer – up to an hour in some cases.
        I have talked to Verizon support 4 times and have gone through the diagnosis/repair scripts several times but no solution.

        I need a reliable internet connection and with every speed upgrade reliability has suffered.

        I originally had a Sprint PC card device, used it for 2+ years then upgraded to a Sprint Overdrive mini-wifi device. That was unreliable (overheated, dropped connections) and Sprint support was useless so now I have both a Sprint and a Verizon account.

        Verizon has a lot better support. You can call them up get a support person with no waiting and they understand their equipment. Just wish it worked.

  3. Don't Like LG Modem says:

    I’m having the exact opposite problems as Sailor. Got the LG to work on a 64-bit Win7 machine, but it won’t work on a 32-bit Vista machine that had a Keyocera pcmcia card that worked for years, but had to upgrade (the new laptop does not have a pcmcia slot). Uninstalled all drivers and VZAM multiple times. I actually get a “Disconnected from broadband…” message first when I connect. Then I get a “Connected to broadband…” message with status of connected, but it’s not (the statistics tab shows no IP and 0’s in every column). The connection was always made but dropped within seconds after the usage dialog comes up. Just for grins I unchecked the “Display my usage information on connect” box (under Options/Preferences/Connect) and hit the connect button around 5 or 10 times and eventually…it did work. Don’t have much faith that it will keep working, however it’s now been connected for 4 hours…?!?
    Sprint is not an option for me as I was a 10 year Sprint customer and after I brought it to their attention that they were billing me for a line I had never used nor activated, they treated me like a criminal (and said they couldn’t verify that I hadn’t ever used the line –ha! How do you do YOUR billing, Sprint?!) I had to file a complaint with the FCC to get re-imbursed. No more Sprint EVER.

  4. Jo says:

    When I had a 3G device, I paid verizon $60.00 dollars a month and it worked great. I “upgraded” to this VL600 4G device, pay only $40.00 a month, and it only works when it feels like it. So I guess I know why the 4G service is cheaper. It doesn’t work. I’ve tried it on Mac and Windows 7. I’ve been calling to complain every time it doesn’t work so that Verizon has a log of every instance their product has failed me. Most of the time they tell me that the problem isn’t my device, it’s their “4G server” acting up again. Last time tech support kindly informed me that 4G devices don’t really work in a 3G coverage area. INFORMATION THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN HELPFUL BEFORE I BOUGHT THE DEVICE!. I asked her if she’d just send me an old school device that works and she said sure, but you have to pay $60.00 a month. Ah. My old friend BLACKMAIL.

  5. Andrea says:

    I am having trouble like the rest of you. The 3G modem I had before that worked and still works fine. I have had a modem for almost six months that does not work. Verizon is not stepping up because many, many people are having the exact same problems. All the solutions found elsewhere on the internet have been tried and does not work. Just frustrated.

  6. Chandler In Las Vegas says:

    I am in the same boat as JO. Got the 4G LG, I am in an overly hyped ALL 4G area, and it only hooks up at 3g. But it’s cheaper than my previous plan. It worked fine for a few days, it was nice to watch a video without all the reloads but now I am back to the reloads. Wish they would fix the drivers.

  7. TomN says:

    Confirmed: this product just sucks. It doesn’t work at all 50% of the time and when it does connect it just drops after a few minutes. The 3G modem worked great (expecially when I DID NOT run Verizon’s sucky VZAccess Manager and just dialed it like a modem using #777.)

    Using with Verizon in San Francisco (Full, strong 4G coverage location) with a Windows 7 64-bit HP laptop

    I should not have “upgraded” to 4G USB modem. Funny thing. Tethering my Android phone to try and solve this problem and that works flawlessly.

  8. chainbucket says:

    My problem is similar: I’ve had teh VL600 since Feb, worked flawlessly on 4G on my WinXP compy. My company upgraded me to Win7 on the same machine. Now connects fine to internet and company Cisco VPN. After about 15 minutes internet browsing quits, but VPN stays up fine. Can still ping any internet address but wont browse. VZ sent me a new SIM card, no fix. VZ now sending a new VL600. I have my doubts.

  9. ron says:

    Same issue
    Had Sprint 3g modem but was unhappy with the coverage area and the prices they charged if it went into roaming but one thing I could say is it worked very well with no dropoffs

    I got a 551Lusb 4g verizon modem and all it does is cutt off I even did the control d thing and forced it to go 3g only and with 4 bars it still cuts off and at night it is every 30 seconds with no signal situations lasting up to 5 mins Mind you this is in Phoenix surrounded by 4 verizon towers and 4 bars I reloaded software talked with verizon on the phone many hours and still no fix

    Now I am running both sprint and verizon as I will test this ina 3g area in Prescott and then in a 4g area in Vegas If I have the same problem there I will turn it back into Verizon during the 15day window of purchase and just eat the restock fee. It will be a lesson learned and I will just have to stick with my sprint 3g

  10. Mark440 says:

    Well I feel better knowing the problems with the VL600 are not isolated just to me! Whew! And while misery loves company – this on again/off again connection ain’t what I intend to pay for.

    So, I will make that call to Verizon today. Either the modem gets replaced, or Verizon gets replaced.

  11. jmcre8 says:

    Just wondering if people who have connection issues are also using a wireless mouse on their laptop. Wondering if the Logitech wireless receiver that also goes into a USB port could be in conflict?

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