Sprint Brings 4G To All Wi-Fi Devices

Posted: Apr 1 2010, 10:16am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:20pm CDT, in News | Hot Gadgets


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Are you lucky enough to live in one of Sprint's flagship 4G markets but unlucky enough to be using another wireless carrier? Well, as long as you have some kind of Wi-Fi device, you can tap into the super fast network.

Sprint today announced the availability of "Sprint Overdrive Mobile Hotspots," which act just like the Wi-Fi hotspots you've grown to love, but they actually use Sprint's wireless network instead of a typical Wi-Fi signal.

A good portion of Sprint's press release today looked like a press release for the iPad. It specifically called out the Apple tablet as a key device that could make use of 4G hotspots.

"It will be six months to a year or longer before any other national wireless carrier can connect a Wi-Fi-enabled tablet like the iPad with up to four more wireless devices simultaneously at 4G speeds like the Overdrive can do today," said Sprint 4G president Matt Carter.

Sprint is milking its first-to-market position with 4G for all it's worth, and they should. It's pushing the mobile community ahead in a way that hasn't been seen in years. Adding mobile hotspots that can actually use that network, with up to 5 simultaneously-connected devices per person, is a huge innovation.

Check out our feature story on Sprint's first 4G phone, the HTC EVO, for details on where the company's 4G service is available.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/6" rel="author">Mark Raby</a>
Based in New York City, Mark follows the consumer electronics industry like a hawk. A published book author, he has a particular affinity for 3D technology and video games, and as such will surely be in the market for a new pair of glasses soon. Mark can be contacted directly at mark@i4u.com.




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