The Mobile HotSpot shown here isn't new. It's a device that has kicked
around on a few carriers in its day, but now, one of America's most
prominent cable companies is taking a major step toward becoming an
all-in-one service provider. Comcast
has just launched this 3G/4G device
as a part of their Xfinity Internet2go lineup, enabling pay-TV
customers to get mobile broadband from the very same parent company.
The device here isn't the story. It's a 3G/4G MiFi, just like the ones
that have been around for years now. But Comcast is undercutting
Sprint's version ($80) by charging just $25 on a one-year contract, and
service costs just $40/month, whereas Sprint's 4G service costs $50.
You'll still be connecting through Clearwire, but Comcast's doling it
out for less. If you were considering a purchase of one of these from
Sprint, you'll probably want to change your focus to Comcast if you're a
fan of saving money.
Comcast Launches Personal 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot with Xfinity Internet 2go
Introducing Superfast 4G Mobile Broadband Connectivity While On-the-Go
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) today announced the launch of its personal 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot, also known as the MiFi® 4082 by Novatel Wireless Inc., that allows users to simultaneously connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the Internet while on-the-go. Sleek and compact in design, the pocket-sized device is a Wi-Fi router that uses Xfinity® Internet 2go service to create a portable Wi-Fi hotspot and provide superfast Internet speeds within a 4G coverage area.
"This new product gives customers the flexibility to instantly create their own secure hotspot everywhere they go," said Tom Nagel, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Wireless Services for Comcast. "Consumers want mobile Internet access for Wi-Fi-enabled devices like iPads, laptops and smartphones, and with this offering they can share their connection with family, friends or colleagues and can even watch TV and movies on-the-go."
Comcast's 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot offers a reliable Internet connection and fast download speeds of up to 6 Mbps with 4G service and up to 1.4 Mbps with 3G service. Within the 4G network, which reaches 119 million Americans, the 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot provides superfast 4G speed. Outside of 4G coverage, the device connects to the nationwide 3G network. A rechargeable battery provides hours of Internet access when power outlets are not available. In addition, the device supports industry-standard Wi-Fi security, providing safety for customers since users are prompted to enter their password before being able to connect to a Mobile Hotspot.
The personal 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot is available in Xfinity Internet 2go markets with 4G service, which includes many of the major markets across the U.S. To view a map of areas where customers can use Xfinity Internet 2go and the 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot, visit: http://www.comcast.com/Corporate/Learn/xfinity/4g-3g-wireless-coverage-map.html
New Xfinity Internet 2go customers can get the hotspot for a $25 one-time fee with a qualifying Xfinity Internet 2go service plan. For more information about Xfinity Internet 2go service or the personal Mobile Hotspot, visit www.comcast.com/2go.