Google’s enterprise ambitions are clearing up daily, with the latest news highlighting their connectivity ambitions. According to sources who (of course) don’t wish to be named, Google is set to offer WiFi subsidies on both hardware and software to small and medium sized businesses. Those mom and pop stores are about to have a web presence and WiFi hotspot if Google has anything to say about it.
ZTE did a bit of teasing pre-CES, and now that the show has begun, we have been able to get some hands-on time with the various items. There were some smartphones and the Iconic Phablet, however one stuck out a bit, the ZTE Projector Hotspot. This one is as the name would suggest and serves as both a projector and mobile hotspot.
San Francisco is slowly lacing its streets with public WiFi, with the latest hotspot covering a 3.1 mile strip running down well-trafficked Market Street as the geek hub tries to keep its residents online. The free service follows Google's installation of public WiFi at city parks, and is being supplied by Ruckus Wireless and Layer42 in partnership on outdoor hardware and backhaul.
Back in January of this year, Delphi unveiled a new vehicle diagnostics and connectivity service designed to plug into the OBD II port in your vehicle to keep an eye on engine health and lots more. At the time it launched we knew the device would be available on Verizon Wireless, and the original version has been available for a while. An updated version of the device, called the Delphi Connect with 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot is now available at Verizon Wireless in the US.
Google has announced the launch of a new method to help people get online in the form of a new offering called WiFi Passport powered by Google. The service is currently only available in Jakarta and promises an easy and affordable way to get online in the area. The service requires users to obtain a voucher and sign into their Google account to enter the voucher code to access the nearest hotspot.
Fon and AT&T announced a partnership back in September. At the time the talk was about how AT&T users traveling overseas would now have access to additional wireless hotspots, though, there was some chatter about this opening the door for US availability. With that in mind, Fon has announced the US availability beginning today.
T-Mobile has just launched a new device that will allow its subscribers to share their fast 4G LTE connection with family and friends. But don't be deceived by its name as the Samsung LTE Mobile HotSpot PRO is more than just your average mobile hotspot and is, in fact, something all road warriors might want to have in their arsenal.
Soon after finalizing an acquisition that will help boost its 4G LTE coverage, AT&T has partnered with Fon to offer a slew of new international wireless hotspots for it subscribers who are traveling overseas. Says the carrier, this deal gives its users access to "hundreds of thousands" of wireless Internet hotspots, while Fon members in turn will be given access to AT&T's network of WiFi hotspots located in the United States.
FreedomPop makes a variety of data-bringing devices and hotspots, such as the Freedom Sleeve for iPod Touch released last summer. Today it has announced the arrival of LTE broadband for its customers, and in conjunction has launched an LTE-capable device, the FreedomSpot 5580 LTE mobile hotspot. For those who nab the device, FreedomPop offers 500MB of free data per month.