I first experienced the joy of mobile Internet in my junior year of of high school. My family drove from Texas to Nevada and, thanks to my dad's corporate air card, I was able to spend the entire scenic drive playing World of Warcraft. Sure, the latency was awful and, yes, I'd lose connection periodically throughout the journey. None of that mattered; I had Internet access in the middle of the freaking desert. Now mobile Internet devices are so common they're almost ubiquitous. Tons of people have 3G smartphones, and every major carrier offers some sort of mobile hotspot device. 3G Internet isn't particularly fast, and it's still prone to dropping out every now and then, but on the whole things have improved enormously in just a few years. And, if this leaked training slide (via BGR) is legit, another great leap forward is due very soon.The leaked slide shows a 3G/4G mobile hot spot from Sierra Wireless, sold and branded through Sprint. This hot spot will be able to handle up to 5 users via WiFi and it will have a range of 100 feet. The mobile hotspot will also feature an SD card slot. Any device on your mobile WiFi network will be able to access the files stored in this portable network hub. No information on pricing or availability has leaked out yet, but the expected launch date is sometime in February. This thing seems like the perfect device to bring on an extended road trip. If it hits before the summer, it'll definitely be on my pre-trip shopping list.
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