Sprint’s first 4G LTE device will be the Sierra Wireless Tri-Network mobile hotspot, SprintFeed reported on Tuesday. The device was originally announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but was overshadowed by the Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper. The Tri-Network hotspot can support up to eight simultaneous data connections using 3G, WiMAX or LTE connectivity. SprintFeed’s sources were able to confirm that the hotspot is scheduled to be released on May 18th, although pricing and data plan information is not yet available. More →
Sprint announced on Wednesday that it expects to activate its upcoming 4G LTE network in Baltimore and in Kansas City. The carrier has already said that it will flip the switch on its first 4G LTE networks in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio by mid-2012. The carrier’s first LTE devices will include Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, the LG Viper 4G LTE and the Sierra Wireless Tri-Network mobile hotspot. Sprint said it also expects to improve the 3G coverage in each of the aforementioned markets. Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse also said Wednesday that 86% of the phones his company sold during the fourth quarter were smartphones and that 66% of Sprint’s subscriber base now use smartphones, and the carrier’s 4G LTE network will certainly benefit any smartphone user that may be looking for faster download and upload data speeds. Sprint’s full press release follows after the break. More →
How can you not love Sprint when it pulls stunts like this? Following up on its 4G iPhone commercial, the Now Network has absolutely outdone itself with the introduction of the Sprint 4G Case for iPad. That’s right… the Sprint 4G Case for the freakin’ iPad. Available for free at Best Buy with the purchase of a Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, the case — which technically is a folio plus removable zip-up sleeve — will not only afford your iPad a lot more protection than Apple’s craptastic iPad case, but also give you significant amounts of geek cred. And life’s all about the geek cred, right? Respects. More →
This month, we spent some time parading around Boston with the Overdrive mobile hotspot, Sprint’s first 3G/4G hybrid mobile router. And while we weren’t able to test out the 4G goodness in Boston, no WiMAX love yet — though we gave it a go in Las Vegas — that didn’t stop us from creating a quick video review of the device for your viewing pleasure. Here is a quick overview of what we thought:
- The LCD screen on the front of the device is great. Really addresses one of the large complaints about the MiFi device in general, you had no idea what it was doing. The LCD screen brings instant visibility to signal, data transfer, and network information.
- We loved how easy the setup is; you could guide your grandfather through it over the phone. Think of it as being slightly more refined than the MiFi set up process.
- 3G speeds were very good in Boston.
- The MicroSD card slot made file sharing easy with other users connected to the router and is a great added feature.
- Battery life at 3 hours isn’t the most amazing part of the Overdrive, and we wish it would have lasted a bit longer.
- While I personally didn’t mind the size of the Overdrive, it was larger than BG thought it would be and for that reason alone he prefers the MiFi. I would rather have the flexibility of having a 4G-enabled device and deal with the slightly larger physical size and extra 2.5 ounces.
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To entice customers to jump on board the WiMAX bandwagon, Sprint has lowered the price of its 3G/4G mobile broadband plan by $10, bringing the final price down to a competitive $59.99 per month. The wireless includes unlimited 4G usage and 5GB of in-network 3G usage or 300MB of out-of-network 3G usage. The lowered plan launched alongside the Sierra Wireless 3G/4G Overdrive hotspot and is now available with any 3G/4G combo device. Anyone sitting on the WiMAX fence going to take the plunge now that that the price of Sprint’s combo 3G/4G mobile broadband plan is as low as its 3G-only plan?
We’re here live at Sprint’s 4G palace at CES and we’re giving the Overdrive by Sierra Wireless a test drive. Before we get on with this we review, one thing is clear about this new mobile hotspot: it is hot like fire. Currently we’re writing this post using the Overdrive and we’re seeing 4.6Mbps downlink and 560kbps uplink — plus WiMax in Las Vegas has crystal clear signal where we are. Hit the break for more of our thoughts on the Overdrive and check out the gallery! More →
What, you don’t remember? For all you road warriors out there, the new Sprint Overdrive sure seems like a no brainer. In addition to offering up Sprint 3G’s network a la MiFi style, the Sierra Wireless-crafted Overdrive also supports Sprint’s 4G network, giving you and your 4 buddies access over Wi-Fi to blistering fast data while on the move. Sprinkle in GPS, a microSD card slot, and a $99.99 price point with two year agreement and you’ve got yourselves a winner. Check out more information on the Sprint Overdrive in our exclusive 4G Resource Center! More →
We just got an an email from one of our connects and we’ve got some great new for all you iPhone-lovers. We’ve been told in just a couple hours, Canada’s TELUS will officially announce that its nation-wide HSPA network will go live on November 5th. Not only that, but on that very date, TELUS will start selling the Apple iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. The iPhone pricing structure for TELUS will be the same as it is for Rogers (and Bell, for that matter) with the 3G going for $99.99/$599.99 and the 16 and 32GB 3GS going for $199.99/$699.99 and $299.99/$799.99. Beyond that, TELUS doesn’t appear to be in any rush to come forward with specifics on its plan pricing and other handsets. All the presses hints at is “TELUS will offer a number of exciting new devices from HTC, Huawei, LG, Nokia, RIM, Samsung, and Sierra Wireless in time for the holidays, including some on an exclusive basis.” That’s more or less in line with the line-up we’ve already told you.
With employee HSPA training well under way, one of our TELUS connects hit us up late last night to let us know just what smartphone hungry Canadians can expect once its HSPA network overlay goes live next month. Apart from the obvious ones — iPhone 3G and 3GS — TELUS will be dishing out the BlackBerry Bold 9700, LG Chocolate BL40 and the Nokia E71 (odd, we know). Road warriors should also note that TELUS will be offering the Sierra Wireless 306 USB data stick which is capable of taking full advantage of TELUS’ 21Mbps HSPA network. Okay, fine, rumors about many of these devices coming to TELUS aren’t exactly new, but we’re the first to be able to confirm this 100%. Just one more thing…. We’ve been told that the HTC Hero is definitely in TELUS’ play book and it’s going to be the GSM/HSPA variant.
Well lookie here – a freshly leaked BrightPoint document points to the upcoming launch of the rumored Instinct M810 Mini and a red version of the LG Lotus. The Mini is still listed as being available on April 19th in both graphite and bronze for a pricey SRP of $449.99. The document also reveals the April 19th availability of a red version of the LG Lotus for $299.99 and the similarly priced Sierra AirCard 402. Those interested in the red Lotus however, should note that it will only be available to “preferred retailers” and “exclusives”. Also of note is the continued “out of stock” status of the BlackBerry Curve 8330. The Sprint Curve has been out of stock online for a few weeks with brick and mortar stores reportedly carrying a dwindling stock of the popular handset. From the document, it appears that a refresh of the SKU and a replenishment of the stock is not expected until late March. Hold on a little longer Curve fans, as that could be any day now.