Novatel Wireless U998 Turbo Stick

Novatel Wireless U998 Turbo Stick Front View


Canada: Bell


October 2009


  • SIM card
  • Global access
  • Speed: Up to 21 Mbps


Latest Reviews

5 Stars out of 5

Try this. Turbo stick modification

Reviewed on Wednesday May 8, 2013 by , Fredericton, NB Canada
NovaCore SDK Service Modification: These steps will show how to modify the NovaCore SDK Service properties to allow it to restart automatically upon failure. They work with Windows XP and Windows 7 units.
1.)Open Control Panel
2.)Modify View by: drop-down box setting to Small icons, if necessary (In Windows XP, click Switch to classic view from left pane, if necessary)
3.)Click Administrative Tools (In Windows XP, double-click)
4.)Double-click Services
5.)In right-hand pane, scroll down and right-click on NovaCore SDK Service
6.)Choose Properties
7.)Click the Recovery tab
8.)Modify drop-down box for First failure:, Second failure:, and Subsequent failures: to Restart the Service
9.)Modify numerical setting for Reset fail count after: and Restart service after: to 0 (Zero)
10.)Click OK
11.)Close Services, Administrative Tools, and Control Panel windows
0 Stars out of 5


Reviewed on Saturday December 29, 2012 by , Alberta, Canada
I am giving this product a zero star rating because that is what it is worth. Novatel Wireless U998 Turbo Stick will initially work for about 7 minutes, then once it 'warms up' will only stay connected for about 1 minute or less at a time (sometimes only seconds). Very frustrating. Called Virgin Mobile ... told to do this, do that, someone will get back to you, blah blah blah, until warranty expired. I actually bought a second one ... same issues. This week I got fedup and moved to a new provider. 24 hours later and I'm a happy happy camper.

This product is bordering on FRAUD.
1 Star out of 5

Bad Bell, Bad Turbo Stick

Reviewed on Monday October 15, 2012 by , Rideau Ferry, On
First Turbo Stick lasted 5 minutes. Sent it back and received new one. After two months received bill for $130 of internet that I did not use. Soon calls from Bell, collection agency, threatening letters from Bell VP and collection agency. Turned out someone at Bell was using "dead" original Turbo Stick I sent back.
12 phone calls to Bell, latest updates and still the second 998 continues to cut out, shows "No Device." The local Smiths Falls Bell outlet says it works fine when they use it. They ask me if there are trees around my house. Other cell phone work here.
Bottom Line-don't buy this product!
0 Stars out of 5

Piece of Garbage

Reviewed on Sunday August 19, 2012 by , Brighton
The bell turbo stick is a piece of garbage. This is my second one. The first one didn't work from the get go and had trouble replacing it. this one works intermittently. I can be on for 1 hour and then I lose service(acquiring data service) or I can be for 5 minutes and the same thing happens. I have to reboot everytime to get the service back. Bell should be ashamed to have their name associated with something so inferior. Using this is slower then my dial-up was.
If I didn't have a contract, I would be rid of it.