Novatel Wireless has been promising WiMAX-capable MiFi mobile hotspots since February this year, but it's taken until now for the 4G device to show up in any form. Fresh through the FCC is the Novatel MiFi 4082, complete with CDMA/EVDO and WiMAX connectivity that can be shared out over a WiFi connection.
If you've a taste for WiMAX but a near-empty wallet, Clear reckons it can make do with the meager scrapings left at the bottom. The company is running a week of holiday deals, and so far you can pick up the CLEAR Spot 4G mobile hotspot for just $20 rather than the usual $99; the Apple-devoted should hold off, since as of Thursday you'll be able to grab a CLEAR iSpot - complete with a $25 month-to-month service plan - for just $20.
T-Mobile USA has announced that their previously-promised Tethering and WiFi Sharing add-on - which allows mobile hotspot functionality for an extra $14.99 per month - will be available from November 14, for those users on "4G Web – Unlimited" $30 monthly Even More plans or "4G Web – Unlimited" $25 Even More Plus plans. Meanwhile, on the same day there will be two new Even More promo plans for individuals and families; full details after the cut.
Sprint has announced the ZTE PEEL, a 3G-capable cradle for the iPod touch that basically turns it into a VoIP-capable mobile device. The PEEL - which will drop on November 14, priced at $79.99 with a month-to-month rolling data contract - is in effect a 3G mobile hotspot, capable of sharing its EVDO Rev.A connection with up to two simultaneous WiFi clients.
If you happen to be one of those sorts of people who like to scale things, things like, say, a giant mountain called Mount Everest, and you'd like to share your business with the world while you're up there, you're now in luck. Right up near the top there is a brand new 3G station (plus 6 more around the area) set up by Ncell, a subsidiary of Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera. Go up there and stream a football game or something. That'd be neato.
Neither Sprint 3G or 4G is inside the iPad, and - unlike AT&T and Verizon - the carrier doesn't even sell the Apple tablet in its stores, but that doesn't stop CEO Dan Hesse from being mighty thankful to the slate all the same. According to Hesse, brisk sales of the carrier's 3G/4G Overdrive mobile hotspot are for the large part down to WiFi-only iPad users wanting to get online via Sprint's CDMA/WiMAX network. However, he declined to talk to GigaOm about the iPhone and potential relationships with Apple.
Verizon's new data plans have launched, offering smartphone data from $15 for 150MB alongside the original $29.99 unlimited data plan, together with a range of new tariffs for mobile broadband, embedded modems and hotspots like the Verizon FIVESPOT. Announced earlier this month, the hotspot plans kick off at $20 per month, though there are also contract-free prepay options.
Novatel Wireless' next-gen MiFi mobile hotspots have been caught passing through GCF certification. The MiFi 3352 and MiFi 3372 each support quadband GSM/EDGE and the 1900/2100 UMTS/HSDPA bands, with the 3352 throwing in 900MHz UMTS/HSDPA support and the 3372 having 850MHz UMTS/HSDPA support.