We were pretty surprised to find a Verizon MiFi sitting in a Fry’s Electronics store for only $69.95. We thought it was a price mistake, and quickly took it to the register to take advantage of the situation.
After buying, unboxing, charging, and starting to activate the MiFi… we ran into a brick wall. The device claimed to already be on an account. And, as we found out, it was on one of Fry’s MVNO accounts.
Yes, believe it or not, Fry’s Electronics is an MVNO for Verizon now. And, they’re reselling Verizon’s 5 GB aircard plan for $49.99/month without contract.
Yes, you read that right. Fry’s is selling Verizon’s contract plan for less money and no annual commitment. It may lack roaming, but it’s the same EV-DO Rev A service. In addition, they are also reselling the Novatel MC760 aircard for $49.95.
On Frys.com, the devices appear unbranded, but trust us… they arrive Verizon branded. Verizon may be letting Fry’s get away with this blatant branding violation while their orders of unbranded equipment are filled.
But, regardless, this is a must-have gadget for mission-critical mobile users. For $69.99, you can have a MiFi sitting in the glovebox of your car, and it can be activated with one 800-number phonecall to Fry’s ISP customer service. At $49.99 for 5 GB of prepaid data, it blows Verizon’s own mobile broadband prepaid rates out of the water.
This is, as they say, a win-win-win solution. You get a MiFi for emergencies, Fry’s emerges as a viable MVNO, and Verizon resells some service that they wouldn’t have otherwise.