Sprint adds 3G/4G MiFi mobile hotspot to its lineup

Sal Cangeloso, Geek.com, 1/4/2011

Sprint just announced a brand new mobile hotspot would be available to subscribers on February 27th for $49.99. The 3G/4G MiFi from Novatel Wireless is similar to the MiFi devices that we already know (and love) but this one packs in WiMAX radio for fast connection speeds. This will be Sprint’s second 3G/4G hotspot, the company having announced the OverDrive early in 2010.

The new MiFi includes a number of improvements compared to older Novatel hotspots, including an eInk display and a improved exterior design, but still has features users have come to expect, like WiFi support for up to 5 users and an on-board microSD card reader. Expect the battery to last for up to 4 hours of usage (less with more devices pulling from it) and for up to 60 hours of standby use.

From Sprint’s release:

MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless

With the unveiling of Novatel Wireless’ ultra-compact MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, Sprint brings customers the portability of the MiFi design with one-touch connectivity for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices, including tablets, eReaders, laptops or gaming consoles. Delivering a true wireless experience with no cables or software installation required, MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot has battery life of up to four hours of usage and 60 hours of standby time. MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot easily supports all the needs of a family household, a frequent traveler who wants to avoid Wi-Fi charges, or even a small business team with a form factor about the size of a credit card.

Features:

  • 3G EV-DO Rev. A and WiMAX capable
  • 10mm x 35mm eInk display with status indicators for battery, signal and number of connected devices
  • Location based services: GPSOne, xTRA, stand-alone GPS
  • Browser user interface for configuration
  • MicroSD slot for up to 32GB memory card
  • Supports Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems
  • Datalink 3G/4G
  • No software required for Wi-Fi connection
  • Battery: 1500mAh – four hours of usage; 60 hours of standby time
  • 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – Peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps
  • 3G data speeds (EV-DO Rev. A) – Peak download speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1.8 Mbps; average download speeds of 600 kbps-1.4 Mbps.
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