You don’t have to wait to turn your iPhone into a mobile hotspot

By on January 25, 2011 at 12:10 PM.

You don’t have to wait to turn your iPhone into a mobile hotspot

Earlier this month, we exclusively reported that Apple’s new Personal Hotspot feature is coming to all iPhones with iOS 4.3. The feature, which was popularized by Android phones like the HTC EVO 4G, will allow devices to share an iPhone’s 3G data connection via Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, more cautious carriers like AT&T are likely to take their sweet time enabling the service for subscribers. Jailbreakers can purchase one of several apps that enable Wi-Fi tethering, but not everyone wants to bother with the cat and mouse game that inevitably arrives with each subsequent iOS update. But patience is a virtue not everyone possesses, and some of you might not feel like sitting around while AT&T puts the new mobile hotspot feature through its paces. Well, you’re in luck. More →

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Verizon unveils 10 4G LTE device; smartphones, tablets and more

By on January 6, 2011 at 4:54 PM.

Verizon unveils 10 4G LTE device; smartphones, tablets and more

At a press conference moments ago, Verizon Wireless unveiled a host of upcoming devices built for its 4G LTE network. From smartphones, to tablets, to laptop computers and mobile hotspots — Verizon had all the bases covered at today’s event. Here’s a quick rundown of each 4G device covered by the Big Red event:

  • HTC ThunderBolt  – HTC Sense 2.0,  1GHz Snapdragon processor, 4.3-inch WVGA display, 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording, DLNA capability, video chat support
  • LG Revolution – 4.3-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2, video chat, mobile hotspot support (up to eight devices)
  • DROID Bionic 4G – Android, video chat, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera, 4.3-inch display, HDMI connectivity, dual-core 1GHz processor, 512 DDR2 RAM
  • Unnamed Samsung Smartphone – Android 2.2, 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display, 1GHz processor, rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with LED flash, video chat
  • Motorola XOOM tablet – 10.1-inch display, Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, 1080p HD video, front-facing 2-megapixel camera for video chat, 5-megapixel camera with video capture, mobile hotspot capability (up to five devices)
  • 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab – 7-inch TFT display, Android 2.2, 1.2GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor, rear-facing 5-megapixel camera, front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera
  • Novatel MiFi® 4510L Intelligent Mobile Hotspot – 3G and 4G LTE compatibility
  • Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot – 3G and 4G LTE compatibility
  • Compaq CQ10-688nr – 10.1-inch display, Intel Atom N455 processor, up to 8.5 hours of battery life, multi-format digital media card reader, webcam and multiple connectivity options
  • HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr – 11.6-inches, HP CoolSense Technology, up to 10.75 hours of battery life, 320 GB of storage, multi-format digital media card reader, HDMI port, Dolby Advanced Audio and GPS for mapping and navigation

Hit the break for Verizon Wireless’ full (massive) press release and don’t forget to check out our live-blog of the event for a recap. More →

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Sprint intros new MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

By on January 4, 2011 at 10:48 AM.

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. More →

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AT&T announces MiFi 2372, powered by Novatel’s new MiFi OS

By on November 17, 2010 at 3:15 PM.

AT&T announces MiFi 2372, powered by Novatel’s new MiFi OS

It took long enough, but AT&T has finally announced the addition of a portable hotspot device to its lineup of mobile broadband products. The HSPA+ compatible MiFi 2370 connects to AT&T’s cellular data network and then allows up to five devices to share the data connection via Wi-Fi. The 2372 is powered by Novatel’s MiFi operating system, which features support for widgets and apps. It also features microSDHC support up to 32GB and integrated GPS. AT&T will offer two data plans alongside its new MiFi — a 200MB option for $35 per month and a 5GB option for $60 per month.

The MiFi 2372 will become available online and in AT&T stores nationwide on November 21st for $49.99 after $100 mail-in rebate with a two-year agreement. Hit the break for the full press announcement. More →

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