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Sprint Launches Two WiMax and 3G-Powered Hotspot Creators

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Aug 5, 2009, 8:15 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Aug 5, 2009, 3:21 PM

Today Sprint announced a pair of new wireless routers. The Sprint Personal Hotspot PHS300S and the Cradlepoint MBR-1000 Broadband Router both can connect to WiMax and EVDO Rev. A 3G networks (whichever is available). USB dongles must be purchased and provisioned with 3G/4G wireless services separately and then plugged into the routers. The routers then rebroadcast Wi-Fi, allowing properly equipped devices, such as mobile phones and laptops, to connect to the router (and the Internet) via Wi-Fi. The PHS300S costs $160 and is meant for consumers. It supports up to four Wi-Fi connections at a time and is available in retail stores, online and via telesales for Sprint's WiMax markets. The MBR-1000 costs $250 and is meant for businesses. It supports up to 32 simultaneous connections and is only available via business sales channels.

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Aug 5, 2009, 8:13 PM

missing the point..

these kinds of devices(wifi routers for connection cards) has been around for some time now..this particular two models are relevant because they support both 3g and wimax..

about the price..if u have a business (small or big) $160 is still cheaper than getting each employee a card that could cost from $0-$250 each(not mentioning the MRC for each).

im sure its expensive for normal people..but for a business that really needs it, i think $160 or $250 is just right for the amount of work they could do.

(just tired of hearing people whine about everything Eh? )

additional note: 5gb can be used up in less than a day if u do netflix and youtube..but i dont think companies allow those kinds of stuff on a company computer anyways, wit...
You can't believe that sprint isn't just waiting for normal consumers to buy this device and get overages. They are. They're rubbing their maniacal hands together just waiting...

Just becuase it is "meant for business" doesn't mean consumers wont t...

Aug 5, 2009, 12:25 PM

I don't think the 3G/4G modems are included?

I believe that these routers... are just plain routers. You have to actually purchase USB dongles or tether a compatible phone to get a connection. Two reasons I believe this:

1) Cradlepoint has been selling this type of router for a long time on their own. They all require a USB dongle, a tethered phone, or a PC card for connectivity.

2) In the press release, it actually says the following: "Used in combination with Sprint mobile broadband devices, like the 3G/4G USB Modem U300, these Mobile Broadband Routers 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."

Hrrm, rest of my post got cut off. I was simply going to add that the benefit of this is having a dedicated device to share the connection and not having to mess around with internet sharing, etc.

In this context, unless you already have a dongle t...
Cradlepoint hasn't been selling "this type" of router for a long time.

Look at those model numbers.

These ARE the Cradlepoint routers (which recently added support for WiMAX dongles).

Aug 5, 2009, 9:39 AM

Forget the price, imagine using one connection with 32 users!

The $500 overage cap would be reached in minutes.

Aug 5, 2009, 8:36 AM

$160 is a bit much!

I think $75 is more reasonable.
I think they need to stop making this crap altogether, cause anyone connecting to 3g on sprint is gonna hit that 5gb limit in a flash. And I don't really feel like dealing with their complaining over the phone. I hate cellular data services...
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