Sprint and Sierra Wireless today announced the May 18 availability of the first-ever device to combine 4G connections over LTE and WiMAX networks, Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot for the Sprint network. Here is more info:
Beginning May 18, customers will be able to purchase a Sierra Wireless Tri-Fi Hotspot for $99.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement. Customers can purchase the device and sign up for 3G/4G plans at select Sprint retail stores, www.sprint.com, 1-800-SPRINT1 and through business sales. Sprint data plans for the device start at $34.99 for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. Customers also can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data or $79.99 for 12GB of 3G/4G data.
With this versatile device, customers can extend their Sprint 3G/4G experience beyond their laptops to up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as cameras, music players, personal media players and portable game consoles. In addition, its microSD slot allows teams to share files and presentations with network storage, and it can be used as a digital media server. It is simple to set up and connect with no software required.
Powered by a 3600mAh battery, Sierra Wireless Tri-Fi Hotspot offers up to eight hours of use and up to eight weeks on standby. Similar to Sierra Wireless' Overdrive Pro 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot, this device offers a highly informative display screen that provides all the information needed for daily use, including the hotspot name and access code, battery life, number of devices connected, and whether the current connection to the network is 3G or 4G.
. First-ever device to easily support transition between Sprint 3G CDMA plus 4G LTE and WiMAX networks . Universal Wi-Fi capability: Up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices sharing one connection . Compatible with Universal Wi-Fi devices, supports 802.11 b/g/n; works with all operating systems . microSD slot for shared network storage with up to 8 users; supports up to 32GB . Share media files on the microSD card with any DLNA capable device . LCD view communicates device information such as Internet connection status, number of people sharing and battery life . GPS capable: Built-in Wi-Fi GPS capability allows users to pinpoint and map their location, available to any capable connected device . Easy to use: compact, portable device requires no connector, activation or installation, enabling easy re-deployment . Extended Wi-Fi range up to 150 feet outdoors, 115 feet indoors . Backwards compatible to the EVDO Rev. 0 and 1xRTT Networks . Integrated RF Antenna Ports
. Dimensions: 3.84 inches (h) x 2.25 inches (w) x 0.95 inch (d) (device + battery) . Weight: 4.87 oz. . Frequency: 1xEVDO Rev. A, Rev. 0 and 1X (850/1900 MHz); WiMAX 2500MHz and GPS 1575MHz, LTE band class 25= 1900 blocks A-G (1900 roaming only) . Main Display Size and Type: 1.7" LCD . Main Display Total Pixel Count: 160 x 128 pixels . Connector: Wireless or Micro USB for tethering . Chipset: Beceem BCS350 (WiMax), GCT GCT7241 (LTE) & Qualcomm MDM6085 (EvDO) . WiFi Chipset: Marvell 88W8786 . Battery mAh: 3600 mAh with access time up to 8 hours and up to 8 weeks standby time
The Sprint 4G LTE network is expected in mid-year 2012 in limited markets. For more information on Sprint 4G LTE, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE