These two models externally appear to very similar.
Even the Verizon LTE bands (2,4, 5, and 13) supported are identical.
The key difference however is under the hood - the LTE chipset in the USB730L has been upgraded from Cat-4 (max theoretical speed of 150Mbps) to Cat-6 (max theoretical speed of 300Mbps).
This potential speed doubling is exciting - but a substantial performance advantage will only really show up under ideal network conditions.
But the future headroom as Verizon evolves its network is certainly nice to have.
- Networks supported:
Verizon LTE Bands: 2, 4, 5, 13
Global Roaming on LTE Bands: 3, 4
4G/3G: HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz - Global roaming supported.
3G: Verizon CDMA EVDO Supported
2G: GSM EDGE - Quad band global roaming.
- LTE-Advanced Carrier Aggregation: Yes (2x 20MHz channels)
- LTE Performance Category: Category 6
(Max Theoretical Speed: 300Mbps Down / 50Mbps Up)
- Cellular Antenna Ports: Single unofficial "test port" - TS9 connector.
- Dimensions: 3.27'' x 1.38'' x 0.45'' / 2.08 oz
- SIM Card Type: 4FF / Nano SIM
- Retail Price: $249 (original price)
Review & Testing Status
Novatel has sent us a review unit, and we are integrating it into our ongoing testing routines.
Members can follow along with our testing here: Cellular Equipment Field Testing Results – Netgear Modems / USB730 (Late 2017)
Unboxing Video & First Impressions
Here is our product unboxing video, and initial thoughts:
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The USB730L is currently only available directly from Verizon, though it will likely eventually be available via other channels.
Novatel USB730L Ratings
Verizon's 2017 flagship USB Modem.