Sprint intros new MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

Alongside its new HTC EVO Shift 4G, Sprint announced Tuesday the upcoming release of the MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot. The name is a bit of a mouthful but the device is compact and portable, allowing users to carry a powerful WiMAX-ready hotspot with them at all times. Like Sprint’s Overdrive mobile hotspot, the MiFi 3G/4G connects to Sprint’s CDMA or WiMAX networks and provides data connectivity to up to five devices via Wi-Fi. It allows for up to four hours of usage or up to 60 hours of standby time on a single charge, and also supports microSDHC storage for easy file sharing among connected devices. The MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot will be available starting February 27th for $49.99 on contract, and service will cost $59.99 per month. Hit the jump for an excerpt from Sprint’s press release.

Sprint’s 4G Leadership Extends into 2011 with Introduction of Second Generation of Industry-Leading 4G-Capable Devices

HTC EVO Shift 4G with slide-out QWERTY available exclusively from Sprint on Jan. 9 for $149.99; MiFi® 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless debuts on Feb. 27 for $49.99, bringing Sprint 4G connectivity to up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices

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With the unveiling of Novatel Wireless’ (NASDAQ: NVTL) 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.

MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot’s predecessor, 3G MiFi® wireless hotspot by Novatel Wireless, was one of the industry’s most popular intelligent mobile hotspots. MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot adds 4G accessibility, an external display with status indicators for battery, signal strength and number of connected devices, and shared storage capability through a MicroSD slot for up to a 32GB memory card. It supports Windows, Macintosh and Linuz operating systems.

As the 17th 4G-capable device from Sprint, MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot will be just $49.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in rebate activation on a new two-year service agreement (or eligible upgrade). It will be available nationwide on Feb. 27 at all Sprint retail channels, including www.sprint.com and 1-800-Sprint1. Visit www.sprint.com/4gmifi for more information.

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