Verizon Pantech UML290 4G USB modem review

January 4, 2011 | By | Reply More

Pantech UML290 is the second 4G USB modem offered by Verizon for the notebook users on the go. It utilizes efficient and innovative internal antenna design to optimize data transfer rate and sensitivity to network signals.

The body is made up of silver and black plastic material and feels rugged. Rotate the top cover by 90° and it reveals a unique 180° rotating Type A USB connector allows you to connect it to the USB port at any angle. On one side of the device is a plastic cover hiding a slot underneath. This is the slot for the 4G SIM.

Besides the modem and the 4G SIM, the box includes a CD with drivers and Verizon VZAccess Manager Software, documentation and a USB extension cable. Unlike the LG VL600, there is no separate holster but the USB extension cable has a clip at the end where the device is attached.

The device can connect to 4G networks as well as 3G networks in places not covered by 4G network. When connected to 4G network, this is one of the fastest 4G USB modem available in the market. The UML290 utilizes power management and system overhead reduction functions provided by the USB interface for maximum power savings. The result of system overhead reduction is visible in the download speeds that vary between 12 Mbps to 15 Mbps and the upload speed is nearly 8 Mbps.

The device has an external antenna connector and a 2 color status indicator. It is capable of 2-way text messaging and also supports Dial Up, VPN as well as 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 technical specifications for the device:

  • Manufacturer: Personal Communications Devices, LLC
  • Model: UML290 LTE USB Modem
  • Size: 3.5″ (H) x 1.4″ (W) x 0.6″ (D)
  • Weight: 1.8 oz
  • Connector: USB 2.0
  • Technology Bands: CDMA 1xEV–DO Rev. A/Rev. 0: 800/1900 MHz, LTE CDMA (700MHz)
  • Memory / Chipset: Qualcomm MDM9600

Minimum system requirements for the device are:

  • Port: One Type A USB Port
  • Processor: 150 MHz or higher
  • Disk Drive: CD ROM
  • Memory (RAM) requirement: 64MB
  • Hard disk space requirement: 28.1MB
  • Internet Browser Software
  • OS Supported: Windows XP, Windows Vista SP2 and Windows 7

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