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Value-Priced Broadband Wireless Internet

Cricket Wireless launched Cricket Broadband Tuesday, offering wireless Internet service for $40. Much like an air card, Cricket uses a portable USB device that can be plugged into desktop or laptop computers. Users can plug it in for use anywhere within Cricket's service area, which stretches from Buffalo to Syracuse.

Cricket Broadband uses the digital CDMA network, which the company says is "comparable" to DSL, but has the added bonus of mobility. Unlike other air card services, Cricket does not charge per the amount of time or memory used, and does not require the user to sign a contract or undergo a credit check. The modem costs $180, but is available for $59.99 after instant and mail-in rebates.

Does this sound like a good deal? Are you willing to give it a try? Are there shortcomings in service, delivery or hardware? Are other options more attractive? 

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