Even though you can enjoy Virgin Mobile's Broadband2Go 3G/4G plans using either the Sierra Wireless Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot or Franklin u600 3G/4G USB Stick, they each work slightly differently:
The U600 offers access to Sprint's Nationwide 3G and 4G (WiMAX) networks (where available). That means you can connect to the internet from almost anywhere you bring your laptop - your house, the library, the airport, your favorite pizza spot, even outdoors at the park. No need to search for a Wi-Fi hot spot or anything like that. To see if we have Broadband2Go coverage in your area, check out our coverage maps.
The Broadband2Go software is compatible with Windows (7, XP, Vista and 8**) and Mac OS (10.5x, 10.6x, 10.7x and 10.8x**). You'll also need administrative rights on your computer to install the software and drivers.
To attach the device to your computer, you'll need an available USB port.
**NOTE: The software on the U600 device does not support Windows 8 or Mac OS 10.8. A software download from the Virgin Mobile website is required. Do not follow the installation instructions provided with the device. Download the U600 User Guide and follow the installation instructions in the User Guide for Windows 8 or Mac OS 10.8.
The U600 has LED lights that help you know what your device is doing.
If you're in 3G mode and the LED is:
Unfortunately, the U600 USB stick is not capable of being used as a storage device for files or data.