PhoneNews.com early this morning set up its Broadband2Go account, marking the first known activation of the new plan. The plan was supposed to launch Tuesday, but as previously reported, was delayed 48 hours.
As shown in the screen shots above, the activation process is straightforward and can be done from within the MiFi, using a series of intranet pages that appear upon connecting to the MiFi initially.
Of note, as we connected for the first time, we noticed that the megabyte counter did not read as unlimited, but instead reported 419,430 MB remaining, or approximately 409.5 GB of bandwidth. While certainly higher than 5 GB of standard carriers, it isn’t completely unlimited. However, the issue is likely moot, as to pass that amount you would need to maintain 1.5 mbps for at least 30 days of use. EV-DO Rev A may have a theoretical maximum in the multi-megabit range, but in practice it bursts between 1 and 1.5 mbps.
With Virgin Mobile touting this as a home broadband replacement, the maximum amount you can download with Broadband2Go per month is nearly double Comcast’s 250 GB bandwidth cap.