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Sprint Hitches WiMAX to Wi-Fi Routers

Sprint-Nextel Corp. has added 4G to its “personal hotspot” line-up.

The Sprint Personal Hotspot PHS300S and the Cradlepoint MBR-1000 Broadband Router for business both feature both 3G and 4G connectivity, and can bridge multiple, Wi-Fi devices to the Sprint network when attached to a USB modem.

Users can simultaneously connect Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones, laptops, MP3 players, cameras, gaming devices and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the Sprint 3G and 4G networks. No need to hunt for a hotspot: Users can get a broadband connection at virtually any location, whether on a family outing at the beach or doing business at a remote job site, the company said.

Sprint Personal Hotspot PHS300S supports up to four simultaneous Wi-Fi connections and Cradlepoint MBR-1000 Broadband Router for business supports up to 32 simultaneous Wi-Fi connections. Both routers will support all of Sprint 3G and Sprint 4G mobile broadband USB devices. Sprint Personal Hot Spot PHS300S is priced at $159.99, while the Cradlepoint MBR1000 broadband router goes for $249.99.

They’re available for any Sprint 3G or 4G data plan ranging from $39.99 to $79.99 per month.

Sprint previously launched the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 intelligent mobile hotspot – which bridges Wi-Fi devices to the 3G network.

Sprint offers 4G in Baltimore and will launch 4G in Portland, Ore., Atlanta and Las Vegas in August. Sprint 4G provides average downlink speeds of 3-6 Mbps and peak downlink speeds of over 10 Mbps, three to five times faster than today’s 3G service from any carrier (based on average download speeds).

The following markets are included on the list to experience Sprint 4G in 2009: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland and Seattle.


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