AT&Ts First Mobile Hotspot Connects 5 Wi-Fi Devices at Once

Previously hesitant in regard to such devices, AT&T has announced the upcoming availability of the AT&T Mobile Hotspot, MiFi 2372 from Novatel Wireless.

The hotspot comes preloaded with MiFi OS, widgets and applications support, offering Wi-Fi connectivity for up to five devices at once. That includes PCs, cameras, digital media players, tablets and gaming devices. It runs on AT&T’s HSPA 7.2 network, which supports faster mobile broadband speeds. You can pick one up at AT&T stores or online starting Nov. 21. Itll set you back $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate.

AT&T says the offer adds to the ways the carrier is delivering the convenience of Wi-Fi, which is seeing rapid customer adoption, as part of its broader focus on helping customers mobilize everything. Over the past year, AT&T Wi-Fi use has been increasing significantly each quarter, with 3Q 2010 connections up more than 320 percent vs. 3Q 2009. AT&T claims its Wi-Fi network is the nation’s largest, with more than 23,000 public hotspots. Globally, AT&T offers access to more than 125,000 hotspots through roaming agreements.

AT&T’s Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2372 is designed to enable enhanced performance for simultaneous uploads/downloads and large file transfers while on-the-go. A built-in microSDHC slot provides expandable storage capacity of up to 32GB (microSDHC card not included with the device). The mobile hotspot is also GPS-capable for location-based services.

Novatel Wireless MiFi OS introduces additional functionality and application support including quick browser-based access to widgets such as data usage and SMS as well as GPS-enabled widgets including GeoSearch and GeoWeather.

"No matter if your holiday travels take you to sandy beaches or snowy slopes, the MiFi 2372 Mobile Hotspot will help you connect to the devices and content that matter most," said Michael Woodward, vice president, Mobile Phone Portfolio, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, in a statement.

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