Slingshot Prepaid Mobile Broadband is First to Offer Contract-less 3G Internet



slingshot 300x225 Slingshot Prepaid Mobile Broadband is First to Offer Contract less 3G Internet



Prepaid wireless broadband services is nothing new overseas. But here the concept is new and way past due. Look at this way, there is a strong market for people looking to use a 3G wireless modem for internet access, but not everyone wants to sign up for a 2 year contract. Some people might just need it for 6 months, or perhaps they just dont have the credit required to even get a two year contract. That is where Slingshot comes in. It’s the first Prepaid Wireless Broadband service in the U.S. – at-least that we know of. The service costs $59.99 a month for 5GB. Considering Verizon charges $79.99 a month with a 5GB cap, and Sprint charges $59.99 for unlimited Data, this is actually a good value. Unfortunately you wont be getting any discounts on the actual modem like you would when you sign up for a contract. A starter kit includes a modem, monitor clip and USB cable, a carrying pouch, and 2 months of slingshot service for $249. So in essence it’s like you are laying out $129 for the modem.

Update 12/20/09: We’re not sure if Slingshot is still in business, but if you’re looking for prepaid mobile broadband you should check out DataJack’s Unlimited Prepaid Mobile Broadband for $39

Update 05/26/11: A lot has changed since 2008. Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile, AT&T are all offering very appealing prepaid 3G and 4G mobile broadband data plans.

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  • http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com/prepaid-wireless-broadband-plans.html PrepaidWirelessGuy

    I couldn’t agree with you more; it’s long overdue here! There are a small handful of providers that prospective customers should check out, including, but not limited to Slingshot. You can check them out here:
    http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com/prepaid-wireless-broadband-plans.html

    Cheers!

  • http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com/prepaid-wireless-broadband-plans.html PrepaidWirelessGuy

    I couldn’t agree with you more; it’s long overdue here! There are a small handful of providers that prospective customers should check out, including, but not limited to Slingshot. You can check them out here:
    http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com/prepaid-wireless-broadband-plans.html

    Cheers!

  • http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com/prepaid-wireless-broadband-plans.html PrepaidWirelessGuy

    I couldn’t agree with you more; it’s long overdue here! There are a small handful of providers that prospective customers should check out, including, but not limited to Slingshot. You can check them out here:
    http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com/prepaid-wireless-broadband-plans.html

    Cheers!

  • ajd

    Cricket Wireless also offers the same technology without any contracts and it costs less. You can get unlimited use for only $40 per month + the device is only $59 with a web discount. Check it out http://www.mycricket.com!

    Happy surfing!

  • ajd

    Cricket Wireless also offers the same technology without any contracts and it costs less. You can get unlimited use for only $40 per month + the device is only $59 with a web discount. Check it out http://www.mycricket.com!

    Happy surfing!

  • ajd

    Cricket Wireless also offers the same technology without any contracts and it costs less. You can get unlimited use for only $40 per month + the device is only $59 with a web discount. Check it out http://www.mycricket.com!

    Happy surfing!

  • the facts

    although the websites you’ll prefer are true, they are restricted to where you go with them. but, the slingshot you can go anywhere with it. Its great for truck drivers.

  • the facts

    although the websites you’ll prefer are true, they are restricted to where you go with them. but, the slingshot you can go anywhere with it. Its great for truck drivers.

  • the facts

    although the websites you’ll prefer are true, they are restricted to where you go with them. but, the slingshot you can go anywhere with it. Its great for truck drivers.

  • http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com PrepaidWirelessGuy

    I’ve received complaints thru my website from people who have been having trouble with purchasing Slinghot…I tried reaching out to them but no response. Anyone know anything about Slingshot having troubles?

  • http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com PrepaidWirelessGuy

    I’ve received complaints thru my website from people who have been having trouble with purchasing Slinghot…I tried reaching out to them but no response. Anyone know anything about Slingshot having troubles?

  • http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com PrepaidWirelessGuy

    I’ve received complaints thru my website from people who have been having trouble with purchasing Slinghot…I tried reaching out to them but no response. Anyone know anything about Slingshot having troubles?

  • Tommi Kinney

    Yes, Slingshot is going through growing pains, or maybe not be successfully dealing with the economic situation. They advertise different price levels per month but refuse to sell the cheaper monthly refills. I suspect that they may not succeed despite an excellent product. Truth in advertising and competent customer support is needed as well. Let the prospective purchaser beware.

    Tommi

  • Tommi Kinney

    Yes, Slingshot is going through growing pains, or maybe not be successfully dealing with the economic situation. They advertise different price levels per month but refuse to sell the cheaper monthly refills. I suspect that they may not succeed despite an excellent product. Truth in advertising and competent customer support is needed as well. Let the prospective purchaser beware.

    Tommi

  • Patches

    I have the Cricket version which is fine for a PC in a home where they have coverage. But for a traveling laptop, you may be better of with something else, like “Sling Shot”. Towns where I have not had coverage so far are Boise, Salt Lake, Fort Worth, Anaheim, , Albuquerque, and a few other large cities. Now some of these cities listed I did have Cricket cell phone service, but no modem service. . I was told I would have modem coverage any where my cell phone worked when I purchased the two. BTW, after trying them all, the best cell phone coverage for someone traveling around the country is the pay as you go “Tracfone”. Don’t know why, it just is. Patch

  • Patches

    I have the Cricket version which is fine for a PC in a home where they have coverage. But for a traveling laptop, you may be better of with something else, like “Sling Shot”. Towns where I have not had coverage so far are Boise, Salt Lake, Fort Worth, Anaheim, , Albuquerque, and a few other large cities. Now some of these cities listed I did have Cricket cell phone service, but no modem service. . I was told I would have modem coverage any where my cell phone worked when I purchased the two. BTW, after trying them all, the best cell phone coverage for someone traveling around the country is the pay as you go “Tracfone”. Don’t know why, it just is. Patch

  • http://www.WifiRents.com Adriana

    Wow that seems like a really good price, I am curious to find out more information about them though, do you have to activate for a whole month at a time? or can you just use it for a couple weeks and pay less? I looked at their website and it didn’t really have any place that actually went into detail about it. I have been using WifiRents.com when I have needed internet access for short 1 or 2 week periods and I just send the equipment back when I’m done. I think in the meantime I will stick to WifiRents.com and I will wait a little longer and see what comes out of this Slingshot site.

  • http://www.WifiRents.com Adriana

    Wow that seems like a really good price, I am curious to find out more information about them though, do you have to activate for a whole month at a time? or can you just use it for a couple weeks and pay less? I looked at their website and it didn’t really have any place that actually went into detail about it. I have been using WifiRents.com when I have needed internet access for short 1 or 2 week periods and I just send the equipment back when I’m done. I think in the meantime I will stick to WifiRents.com and I will wait a little longer and see what comes out of this Slingshot site.

  • WB

    Has any one had any contact with SlingShot. I have been trying to buy more time, but their site states that service is unavailable. Any one know whats up?

  • WB

    Has any one had any contact with SlingShot. I have been trying to buy more time, but their site states that service is unavailable. Any one know whats up?

  • BO2152

    I believe they have gone out of business,,,,,,There phones are busy……there web page blocked. The basterds have taken my money and run. Last time I buy from a small service provider.

  • BO2152

    I believe they have gone out of business,,,,,,There phones are busy……there web page blocked. The basterds have taken my money and run. Last time I buy from a small service provider.

  • http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com PrepaidWirelessGuy

    That’s unfortunate, disappointing, and lame for those who have purchased their service…I’m sorry to hear that.

  • http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com PrepaidWirelessGuy

    That’s unfortunate, disappointing, and lame for those who have purchased their service…I’m sorry to hear that.

  • http://www.prepaid-wireless-guide.com PrepaidWirelessGuy

    That’s unfortunate, disappointing, and lame for those who have purchased their service…I’m sorry to hear that.

  • Michael

    I have had slingshot for about 6 months. They do not offer very good technical support and some of the equipment does not work without additional software being emailed to you, which takes an act of congress to obtain. When there is a problem, they do not promptly return calls, have odd hours of operation and do not respond to emails. Also slingshot does not offer 3g in many communities and is worse than dial up when 3g is not available. When it is working at 3g speeds, I would call it merely OK, but not great.

  • Michael

    I have had slingshot for about 6 months. They do not offer very good technical support and some of the equipment does not work without additional software being emailed to you, which takes an act of congress to obtain. When there is a problem, they do not promptly return calls, have odd hours of operation and do not respond to emails. Also slingshot does not offer 3g in many communities and is worse than dial up when 3g is not available. When it is working at 3g speeds, I would call it merely OK, but not great.

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  • http://www.prepaidwirelessbroadband.org wayne

    Just tried their website and it works fine.

  • http://www.prepaidwirelessbroadband.org wayne

    Just tried their website and it works fine.

  • http://www.prepaidwirelessbroadband.org wayne

    Just tried their website and it works fine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandra.griffin.14224 Sandra Griffin

    i use to have slingshot i got ripped off i paid for a month and next thing i knew they were down and i didnt have my wireless anymore i still have my aircard how can i get it back?? they kind of scare e now