Samsung's SCH-LC11 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot slipped out at CES 2011 with the promise of dual-mode EVDO Rev.A and LTE support for Verizon's network, but no release date in tow. However, in among the recent Best Buy slip - which confirmed the XOOM and ThunderBolt launch schedules - there's also confirmation of the Samsung Presto "Hotspot", due on February 17, which could well be the official name of the SCH-LC11.
AT&T has officially confirmed its mobile hotspot plans, with the app debuting for Android smartphones with the launch of the HTC Inspire 4G come February 13. Before then, subscribers to AT&T's existing smartphone tethering plan will be alerted via SMS that they now have 4GB, not 2GB for the same $20 per month.
Mobile hotspots are relatively common by now, and more and more smartphones offer data-sharing among their features; what, though, if you've already got a USB modem and are tied into - or content with - your existing data package? ZyXEL believes it has the answer in the shape of the MWR211 mobile router, a palm-sized way to share your connection while mobile. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
It's taken AT&T long enough to push a MiFi mobile hotspot out of the door, but finally the AT&T Novatel Wireless MiFi 2372 is available. As with the original MiFi units, the premise is straightforward: take one 3G connection and share it between a number of WiFi devices. Still, with 4G mobile hotspots on the market, and many smartphones offering integrated hotspot functionality, is the AT&T MiFi 2372 too late? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Earlier this morning, there was a confirmation that the mobile hotspot feature, which the Verizon iPhone 4 has already installed, would be made available to all iPhone 4s in the wild, once iOS 4.3 landed in the future. Apple has made iOS 4.3 one step closer to reality, by releasing the first official build for developers, courtesy of their developer portal on Apple's website.
The personal hotspot functionality unveiled on the Verizon iPhone 4 yesterday is coming to all iPhones in iOS 4.3, though it will require carrier blessing before users can actually take advantage of it. According to BGR's source, the new firmware is expected to hit technical acceptance in March 2011.
Now that the iPhone 4 has been officially announced for Verizon's network, many potential customers are going to be asking an obvious question: what's different? While all of the details regarding the phone are still a mystery, more or less, we do know that, for the most part, the iPhone 4 on Verizon is pretty much the same exact phone that's currently available, and has been available on AT&T's network for some time now. However, there are some changes, so let's go ahead and run through them.
While HTC may have been first to pull the trigger on the Verizon stage at the Consumer Electronics Show, showing off the often-rumored about HTC ThunderBolt and making it official, Samsung is ready to announce three new 4G-enabled devices. They aren't focusing on one market, though. They've just announced that they've got a smarphone, a tablet, and a mobile hotspot with the Samsung name coming to Verizon soon.
T-Mobile USA is readying its first mobile hotspot, and the debut device will apparently support the high-speed HSPA+ 4G service offered by the network. One of two MiFi-style devices for the first half of 2011, the first model - codenamed "Lil Wayne" - is expected to arrive in February 2011 according to TmoNews' sources and support up to 21Mbps downloads.