Cricket Wireless offers UM185C broadband modem

Cricket Wireless is one of the more popular pre-paid wireless carriers in the U.S. and the company has announced a new broadband modem for its 3G network. The modem is called the UM185C and has a swivel USB hinge.

The swivel hinge feature allows the USB connector to be flipped up and stored under a sliding cover on the modem to protect it from breakage while in your laptop bag or brief case. The modem is compact measuring in at 2.8" x 1.3" x 0.6" and weighing 1.1 ounces.

The modem also supports text messaging and has LED indicators to show when it is connected to the network. The antenna is internal and the modem operates on tri-band CDMA network. Pricing for the modem is $139, before an $89 online only discount, and a $50 mail-in rebate bringing the cost down to nothing.