I have a MacBook Pro (and an iPhone I don't want to jailbreak), and I would like to know what would be a good USB modem, WiFi hotspot, or other means of connecting with the net. I am interested both in how good the hardware is and what the ISP is like. I usually like data to load at a reasonable speed, but the total amount of bandwidth I use is not terribly much.
What are the different solutions, and how do they compare on:
I live outside of Chicago, and I've found my Verizon wireless service much better (meaning not throttled to the point of near strangulation) than either AT&T's customer service or the network access they provide.
What are the serious contenders?