Sprint's First Tri-Band LTE Devices Available July 19
Sprint today announced that the MiFi 500 LTE, Netgear Zing Mobile Hotspot, and the Netgear 341U USB Modem will go on sale beginning July 19. All three devices were announced earlier this year, and are among the first set of devices from Sprint to support LTE in three separate spectrum bands. They can access LTE in the 800MHz, 1900MHz, and 2.5GHz bands. Right now, Sprint is primarily deploying LTE in the 1900MHz band, but it will begin to offer LTE in the 800MHz band later this year now that its iDEN network has been decommissioned. The 800MHz spectrum will offer better in-building coverage when compared to the 1900MHz spectrum. The 2.5GHz spectrum was owned by Clearwire but now belongs to Sprint after it closed its acquisition of Clearwire last week. Sprint says the 2.5GHz spectrum will eventually be used to offer high-speed service in densely populated regions. The MiFi 500 and the Netgear Zing Mobile Hotspot cost $49.99, and the Netgear 341U USB Modem costs $19.99. All prices reflect a $50 mail-in rebate with a new service agreement.
AT&T Shows Off '5G Evolution' Mobile Hotspot
AT&T today announced the Netgear Nighthawk Mobile Hotspot Router, what it calls the first 5G evolution mobile hotspot. The device supports AT&T's test 5G networks in select markets, such as Austin, Texas, and AT&T's existing LTE 4G network everywhere else.
Sprint Retires 'Spark' and Launches 'LTE Plus'
Sprint is rebranding its LTE 4G network in an effort to call attention to the technology involved in making the network tick. Sprint LTE Plus replaces the Sprint Spark name for the company's tri-band LTE network, which uses 800MHz, 1.9GHz, and 2.5GHz.
Masayoshi Son Would Consider Selling Sprint Spectrum
SoftBank CEO and Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son indicated he'd be willing to sell some of the company's 2.5GHz spectrum assets to keep Sprint funded. Sprint gained a massive amount of 2.5GHz spectrum holdings when it purchased Clearwire.
Sprint Touts Network Progress
Sprint today offered a snapshot of the progress it has made deploying LTE around the country. According to its fourth quarter earnings, Sprint's LTE network now reaches 270 million POPs, up from 260 million in the previous quarter.
Latest Verizon Jetpack Boasts 24-Hour Battery Life
Verizon Wireless today announced the Jetpack AC791L, a mobile hotspot that runs all day and supports up to 15 connected devices. The Jetpack AC791L, made by Netgear, is a traditional hotspot that features a full-color LCD screen and includes LTE Advanced functionality.
Those of us who work for a living and spend most of the day behind a computer and talk on company issued phone couldn't give a rat's behind about spending hundreds of dollars a month to do more of the same at home.
Force To Reckon With.
I am hoping that my long belief that Sprint's direction in the last three years, will now start to show the latitude and longitude of providing a great network with equal offerings and service.
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