Review: Verizon Global Modem USB730L (USB Cellular Modem)

The USB730L is externally nearly identical to its predecessor, including the single tiny unofficial antenna port lurking on the side.

The Novatel Global Modem USB730L is Verizon's latest USB cellular modem, released in July 2017.

It is the replacement in Verizon's lineup of the older Novatel Global USB U620L, which was released in July 2015.

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.

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But the future headroom as Verizon evolves its network is certainly nice to have.

Specifications

  • 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.

Our members will have access to our review and test results when we are done.

Unboxing Video & First Impressions

Here is our product unboxing video, and initial thoughts:

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Purchasing Options

The USB730L is currently only available directly from Verizon, though it will likely eventually be available via other channels.

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