One of the things that many users of 3G enabled smartphones buy their devices for is so they can use them as modems for their notebooks and netbooks for Internet access on the go. Most mobile phone providers frown on this and some like AT&T outright block the capability for high-end devices like the iPhone.
Novatel Wireless' HSPA+ MiFi has made it to North America, but before US readers storm their nearest GSM carriers it's Canada that gets the speedy goods. The Novatel MiFi 2372 is just one of Canadian carrier Bell Mobility's new HSPA+ devices, taking advantage of the new high-speed network set to go live in November.
When it comes to setting up your broadband connectivity inside your home or office, odds are that you will want a wireless network. You can get your wireless network with a separate broadband modem and wireless router. You can also use one of the Motorola DOCSIS 3.0 SURFboard all-in-one internet gateways that Motorola announced today.
Last we saw of Novatel Wireless' HSPA+ modem strategy was the MC996D clearing the FCC earlier this week; now the company has officially announced the Ovation MC998D, a triband HSPA+ (850/1900/2100 MHz) USB dongle that promises up to 21.6Mbps downlink rates and 5.76Mbps uplinks, network depending. Meanwhile there's also a microSD card slot and integrated MIMO+ antenna array.
Novatel Wireless' MC996D HSPA+ USB modem has cleared the FCC, paving the way for up to 21.6Mbps connectivity. While the company has successfully blocked internal or external shots of the modem, together with the user guide, we caught up with a prototype MC996D back in April.
Video overview after the cut
Hot on the heels of yesterday's MiFi 2352 HSPA launch in Spain, together with the release of the MiFi SDK, comes the official announcement of the much-anticipated Novatel Wireless MiFi 2372, the North America -optimized HSPA model. As with the other MiFi devices, the MiFi 2372 allows the sharing of a single GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSPA connection with up to five WiFi-connected clients; what makes it different is its support for North American 3G networks.
The AT&T tethering debacle continues, and after yesterday's super-simple unofficial hack, now comes the first leak regarding possible pricing for the carrier's official package. According to an internal AT&T source, tethering for the iPhone 3G and 3G S will be offered at the end of July, priced at a whopping $55 per month.
The source also went on to say that MMS support on AT&T is expected in mid-July, earlier perhaps than the carrier led us to believe with their "end of the summer" promises. AT&T have already confirmed that MMS messages will be charged the same as SMS messages.
Verizon are wising up to the fact that data subscribers want to keep using their WWAN modems even when outside the reach out EVDO Rev.A networks, hence this: the USB1000 Global Modem. As well as CDMA service while in the US, the Verizon USB1000 supports triband HSPA for when you're abroad; there are also global data plans for regular travelers.
The modem comes in the form of a stick that is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X computers and works by giving users access to Telus' EVDO network. The device has its own internal memory and can install the necessary drivers on its own.
The USB 598 also has a microSDHC slot to allow for up to 32GB of data storage on top of the modem functions. If you sign up for a two or three-year contract, you can get the USB 598 for free. However, if you want to buy it outright, you can expect to pay $199.99.