Sprint to Launch Sierra Wireless LTE, WiMAX Hotspot Device
Sprint and Sierra Wireless will launch a 4G Tri-Fi Hotspot on May 18. The new device supports both 4G technologies LTE and WiMAX with the additional capability to connect to a 3G network outside of 4G coverage areas.
Powered by a 3600mAh battery, Sierra Wireless Tri-Fi Hotspot offers up to eight hours of use and up to eight weeks on standby. Features include
- Support of transition between Sprint 3G CDMA plus 4G LTE and WiMAX networks
- Universal Wi-Fi capability: Up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices sharing one connection
- Compatible with Universal Wi-Fi devices, supports 802.11 b/g/n; works with all operating systems
- microSD™ slot for shared network storage with up to 8 users; supports up to 32GB
- Share media files on the microSD card with any DLNA capable device
- LCD view communicates device information such as Internet connection status, number of people sharing and battery life
- GPS capable: Built-in Wi-Fi GPS capability allows users to pinpoint and map their location, available to any capable connected device
- Extended Wi-Fi range up to 150 feet outdoors, 115 feet indoors
- Backwards compatible to the EVDO Rev. 0 and 1xRTT Networks
- Integrated RF Antenna Ports
Device specifications are as following
- Dimensions: 3.84 inches (h) x 2.25 inches (w) x 0.95 inch (d) (device + battery)
- Weight: 4.87 oz.
- Frequency: 1xEVDO Rev. A, Rev. 0 and 1X (850/1900 MHz); WiMAX 2500MHz and GPS 1575MHz, LTE band class 25= 1900 blocks A-G (1900 roaming only)
- Main Display Size and Type: 1.7” LCD
- Main Display Total Pixel Count: 160 x 128 pixels
- Connector: Wireless or Micro USB for tethering
- Chipset: Beceem BCS350 (WiMax), GCT GCT7241 (LTE) & Qualcomm MDM6085 (EvDO)
- WiFi Chipset: Marvell 88W8786
- Battery mAh: 3600 mAh with access time up to 8 hours and up to 8 weeks standby time
Customers will be able to purchase a Sierra Wireless Tri-Fi Hotspot for $99.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement.