Wi-Fi Alliance Aims to Make Hotspot Log-Ins a Breeze
Today the Wi-Fi Alliance announced a new program that will eventually lead to fewer hotspot log-in headaches for users of Wi-Fi equipped devices. It has laid the groundwork and completed all the initial agreements between handset makers, wireless network operators, and Wi-Fi network operators so that anyone who has Wi-Fi hotspot credentials with any provider can log into any Wi-Fi hotspot, regardless of which company runs that particular hotspot. The Wi-Fi Alliance hotspot program will also facilitate the seamless handoff of cellular traffic from smartphones, tablets and other portable devices to Wi-Fi networks. It will let Wi-Fi users more easily find networks and log into those networks securely with WPA2 authentication. The Wi-Fi Alliance is hoping to launch the program during the first half of 2012.
Boost Mobile's Latest Hotspot Costs $50
Boost Mobile today debuted the Netgear Fuse, a mobile hotspot that can provide up to 10 hours of web surfing for up to 10 devices via WiFi. The hotspot has a 2,500mAh battery and a 1.77-inch display, which provides device status info.
Alcatel Linkzone Mobile Hotspot Now Available from T-Mobile
Alcatel today announced the Linkzone, a mobile hotspot for T-Mobile. The Linkzone connects to T-Mobile's LTE 4G network and can provide WiFi-based access to up to 15 other mobile devices, such as laptops and tablets.
Sprint to Sell ZTE's Hotspot Projector
Sprint today announced it is bringing ZTE's smart projector to its network as the Sprint LivePro. ZTE announced the LivePro at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, which combines a digital projector and LTE mobile hotspot into one device.
Karma MVNO Intros LTE Hotspot
Karma, an MVNO that resells access to Sprint's network, today announced the Karma Go, an LTE 4G hotspot. Karma's first hotspot relied on Sprint's WiMax network.