The iPad is coming to Verizon Wireless, but not in the way you might first expect. The carrier has announced that, as of Thursday, October 28, it will be offering three iPad WiFi bundles that package the non-3G version of the iOS slate with a contract-free Verizon MiFi 2200 mobile 3G hostpot.
Cricket Crosswave MiFi from Huawei technologies, is available today for pre-order, and it looks like it's time to give Verizon a little run for their money. This device looks pretty slick and offers wireless 3G internet for up to four devices, 3-hour usable battery life, and up to 32 GB removable memory slot.
Verizon's "global ready mobile hotspot" was caught in the wild all the way back in July, but it's getting its official unveil today. Working both on the carrier's own CDMA EVDO Rev.A network in the US and 850/1900/2100 UMTS/HSPA networks globally, the Verizon Wireless Fivespot can share its 3G connection with up to five WiFi devices.
When Virgin Mobile launched their very own MiFi, plenty of folks were wondering why it hadn't happened sooner. Prepaid data seems like an instant hit, right? It must be working pretty well for Virgin, because they've just unveiled their intentions of providing a $40 per month unlimited mobile broadband plan for those who want to get in on the whole "Internet anywhere" idea.
As more and more devices clamour for a network connection, mobile hotspots are increasingly shifting out of the briefcase and into the consumer mainstream. Fresh to the market is the Vodafone Mobile WiFi R201, an OLED-toting way of sharing an HSPA connection with some DLNA goodness in the pipeline. We've had the Vodafone R201 in our bag for a while now; check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Details of Verizon's roadmap covering not only the rest of 2010 but partial details of 2011 and even 2012 have leaked, tipping a 1.3GHz Motorola Android phone, various tablets and LTE handsets and MiFi mobile hotspots. However, the information - provided to BGR by a source at Verizon Wireless - makes no mention of a CDMA iPhone 4. Instead, the de-facto flagship is the Motorola DROID Pro, a 4-inch Android smartphone with 1.3GHz processor and global wireless, apparently due to arrive in November this year.
Two years ago, mobile broadband was levied out on a per-device basis: one connection per gadget. Novatel Wireless changed that with their MiFi, a portable 3G router that shared a single wireless connection with up to five WiFi devices. Now, Virgin Mobile USA are hoping to change the way we pay for our shareable mobile data, with the first prepaid MiFi on the US market. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
A cluster of Verizon leaks this morning, with fresh sightings of the carriers' upcoming Motorola DROID 2 QWERTY-blessed Android smartphone together with details on a new 'FiveSpot' global WiFi 3G hotspot. Engadget's tipster also has news on some upcoming BlackBerry handsets, together with a 10.1-inch Verizon tablet.
Clearwire's new CLEAR 4G and 3G/4G mobile hotspots have gone up for sale, having made their preorder debut last month. The CLEAR Spot 4G and Spot 4G+ both share their WiMAX connection with various WiFi clients - up to eight with the Spot 4G, and up to five with the Spot 4G+ - and are in CLEAR stores today.