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Sprint and Sierra Wireless announced the Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot. With this second generation of the popular Overdrive device, you'll get the ability to connect up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously to a 4G network. You'll also get a 45 percent larger LCD screen. The new generation of Overdrive also features a 35 percent improvement in power-up and power-down times when compared to its predecessor, the Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot. The new Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot will be available March 20 for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement. Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless, Exclusively from Sprint, Delivers 4G Speeds... Read more...
Not only is 1Gbps heading for your Wi-Fi network by next year, it will be instantly über popular. The new 802.11ac 1G Wi-Fi standard hasn't even been ratified by the IEEE yet and In-Stat predicts that by 2015, consumers will have bought nearly 1 billion devices that use it.  1G Wi-Fi, which will use radio spectrum in a range below 6GHz, will be embedded in mobile phones, e-readers and automotive infotainment systems, the study reports. It further predicts: Mobile devices with embedded Wi-Fi will make up most of the market. In 2015, shipments of mobile phones with embedded Wi-Fi are projected to approach 800 million. By 2015, In-Stat projects that 100% of mobile hotspot shipments... Read more...
As the Verizon iPhone launch is nearing, AT&T is getting aggressive. They have just announced they are increasing their tethering plans from 2GB to 4GB, and announced that their first hotpost enabled phone will be the $99 HTC Inspire 4G, launching Feb. 13. The Inspire 4G will carry AT&T's new Mobile Hotspot application. Just as with tethering, it will have access to 4GB of data, which is double what Verizon's hotspot service has. Just as with the current plan, a customer has to have the $25 AT&T DataPro plan and add on an extra $20 for tethering (or hotspot), bringing the total to $45 a month. Unlimited data for a tethering or hotspot plan would be asking too much, so we'll take the... Read more...
Ever heard of a Mobile HotSpot? Chances are you'll be familiar with the MiFi if so, which has sparked a new revolution of devices. Novatel Wireless is the company that created the MiFi, and now they're upset that a couple of other companies have come out with products that are just too similar. These days, companies are suing the pants off of one another, and with technology advancing so quickly, it's no surprise that some companies are borrowing ideas rather than creating their own. Novatel has filed suit again Franklin Wireless and ZTE for infringing on five Novatel Wireless' patents related to key architecture and functionality of the MiFi family of Intelligent Mobile Hotspots. The suit was... Read more...
If there's one place you'd expect to find a Wi-Fi hotspot, it's probably within the White House. And beyond, you'd probably expect those same hotspots to be found in federal office buildings where all sorts of very important work occurs. But clearly not every building occupied by government employees is equipped with Wi-Fi. U.S. Senators Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) and Mark R. Warner (D-VA) are evidently upset with having to rely on overworked 3G networks too often when doing their jobs, as they have just introduced a new bill that would require federal buildings to install small wireless base stations to free up commercial network capacity. The goal of the bill is twofold: it would increase wireless... Read more...
Slowly but surely, Clearwire is becoming more and more of a household name. It wasn't long ago that only the hardcore wireless followers knew what Clearwire was, but now that this particular device is on store shelves, we suspect a lot of Apple users will be peering over just to see what the buzz is all about. The new iSpot is an interested, if not limited, device. It's the first 4G HotSpot that is actually only suitable for use with iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. That's right. Just those 3 devices are allowed to be used on the iSpot. There's a MAC address check that can tell what kind of device is attempting to connect over Wi-Fi, and unless it's one of those, the device simply will share its... Read more...
Are you looking for a way to deliver 4G connectivity to your laptop, netbook, smartphone, or other connected device? The new CLEAR Spot 4G and CLEAR Spot 4G+ mobile hot spots are now available from Clearwire. The CLEAR Spot 4G lets you connect up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices to the CLEAR network for high-speed Internet access. The CLEAR Spot 4G+ gives you greater connectivity, letting you connect to CLEAR's 4G network or Sprint's 3G nationwide network outside of the 4G coverage area. The CLEAR Spot 4G+ supports up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously. Clearwire Announces Nationwide Availability of 4G/Wi-Fi Personal Mobile Hot Spots CLEAR Spots Now Available in CLEAR Retail Stores, from... Read more...
Time Warner Cable and Sierra Wireless are teaming up to offer a new dual mode mobile hotspot device called IntelliGo. IntelliGo is available on Time Warner's 4G network with Road Runner Mobile. IntelliGo lets up to five devices simultaneously connect to the Time Warner Cable 4G Mobile Network and a nationwide 3G network for internet access. Time Warner boasts of speeds up to 6Mbps on its 4G network. IntelliGo features a LCD screen that displays battery life and internet connection status information, built-in GPS capability, a microSD slot for shared storage, and up to four hours of active battery life. Time Warner Cable Introduces IntelliGo by Sierra Wireless and Road Runner Mobile™ 4G... Read more...
With the addition of the MiFi 2200 to its Broadband2Go portfolio, Virgin Mobile is offering customers a prepaid Intelligent Mobile Hotspot that allows users with Wi-Fi enabled devices to connect to 3G Internet. This new Broadband2Go MiFi product doesn't require a contract, monthly subscription or activation fee. The Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot costs $149.99 and operates on the Sprint 3G network. With the MiFi 2200, users can create a mobile hotspot that can be shared among up to five users with a variety of Wi-Fi enabled devices. The MiFi 2200 supports many popular security standards, including WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK, WEP and SPI Firewall. Virgin Mobile USA First to Launch... Read more...
According to Sony, the company's new VAIO Z and Y Series laptops are the world’s first out-of-the box laptops that act as a personal hotspot. Select models from both of these series feature a new Sony embedded wireless technology called Share My Connection, or SMC. Using SMC, your laptop can act as a mobile wireless access point for up to five other devices including other PCs, smartphones, MP3 players, or cameras. You'll need a subscription to use the new SMC feature. Here's how Sony describes the new SMC feature and laptops: A perfect built-in network solution for business travelers, those on-the-go or anyone looking to save some money by sharing a single network connection, Share My... Read more...
Google's Android mobile operating system is making a huge impact in the smartphone industry. Recent reports show it growing even faster than the iPhone OS, and while it still has a long ways to go to reach the 150000+ apps that the App Store has for Apple users, it's well on the way. Android 2.1 is the most current version, and those with phones using older versions are constantly clamoring for their respective carriers to push out the v2.1 update. If you thought people were wishing for 2.1, just imagine how loud the whining will be for Android 2.2. Code named "Froyo," this future build of Android will bring about two critical features that the vast majority of smartphones lack from the factory.... Read more...
Verizon Wireless already announced that Novatel Wireless' MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot would soon be sold and operable on its network, and now that company's main US competitor is doing the same. Today, Sprint came forward to announce that the very same device -- albeit with a new, shiny aluminum shell and a Sprint logo -- is coming to its network. Essentially, this pocket sized device enables any Wi-Fi device to connect to Sprint's cellular data network, and that includes portable media players (like Apple's iPod touch), notebooks and any other random device that happens to have a Wi-Fi radio within.In case that's not clear enough, here's the bottom line: up to five devices with a Wi-Fi... Read more...
In late October AT&T finally opened up its hotspots to iPhone users, but it did so by using a rather convoluted system that involves logging in with your phone number and waiting for an SMS with a link to be returned. Devicescape has a app that bypasses all this extra work, and lets you login to an AT&T hotspot with one button click. You install Easy Wi-Fi for AT&T, enter your phone number, and from that point on it's a simple one-click process. The app is currently free, and will stay that way until Dec. 5th, but after that, it'll cost $1.99, quite reasonable to never have to go through all that AT&T hassle again. Devicescape has versions of Easy Wi-Fi for other devices, including... Read more...
The iPhone is getting free access at any ATT hotspot.  Others are getting it because ATT goofed.Now that AT&T has full control of wireless hotspots like Starbucks and Barnes and Nobles, it looks like they're doling out freebies to their favorite customers: iPhone users. Apparently, if you've got one of Apple's devices, you can hop on the WiFi networks for exactly zero dollars provided you enter your phone number at a login screen. Great for iPhone owners, but a raw deal for everyone else, right? Not so fast, apparently a dumb hack gets you the service on the house too -- just switch your browser's user agent to Mobile Safari, and presto!Want to use the hack?  Get it while it's hot,... Read more...
You have to measure the remarks of the Ericsson CEO about the future of Wi-Fi hotspot computing against the stake he has in the outcome of the race to serve the computing public on the go; but he does seem to be hitting the nail on the head when he predicts that  Wi-Fi hotspots are "The telephone boxes of the broadband era." ... there's a lot of truth in what Ericsson CEO Johan Bergendahl has to say: Wi-Fi has really never been much more than a stopgap technology, especially as far as cell phones are concerned. The range is tiny, the reliability and susceptibility to interference are poor, and the amount of equipment required to blanket a metropolitan area without leaving substantial gaps... Read more...
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