Any Wi-Fi-enabled device becomes a 4G device with new Sprint 4G Mobile Broadband Routers
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 5, 2009--
The search for the elusive Wi-Fi hotspot is a thing of the past for
Sprint (NYSE:S) mobile broadband customers. Instead of hunting for a
coffee shop or other fixed hotspot, Sprint’s new Mobile Broadband Router
products connect multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices at 3G or 4G mobile
broadband speeds where Sprint 3G and 4G networks are available.
On the heels of launching the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 intelligent
mobile hotspot – which allows customers to simultaneously bridge several
Wi-Fi devices to America’s most dependable 3G network1 –
Sprint now adds two 3G/4G Mobile Broadband Routers to its mobile
broadband arsenal: Sprint Personal Hotspot PHS300S and Cradlepoint
MBR-1000 Broadband Router for business, each featuring both 3G and 4G
connectivity. These devices are available for use with any Sprint 3G or
4G data plan ranging from $39.99 to $79.99 per month (excluding taxes
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. Used with a broadband device, The routers provide access to
the turbo-charged Sprint 4G network as it continues to roll out and
access to America’s most dependable 3G network virtually everywhere
else. Users can enjoy secure, high-speed connections from virtually any
location, whether on a family outing at the beach or doing business at a
remote job site.
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.
“These mobile broadband routers provide an unprecedented bridge to
high-speed network performance for multiple Wi-Fi devices or multiple
users,” said Todd Rowley, vice president, Sprint 4G. “The addition of
these mobile hotspot products offers even faster connectivity speeds to
Wi-Fi users without the need to find a Wi-Fi hotspot. These two new
products can potentially connect the Sprint 3G and 4G networks to the
hundreds of millions of Wi-Fi-enabled devices in the U.S. today.”
The ability of these Mobile Broadband Routers to be used with both 3G
and 4G networks will offer added advantages for a growing number of
Wi-Fi users across the country. The Sprint Now Network already features
3G speeds that are faster in more places than the AT&T network.2
As the turbo-charged Sprint 4G network continues to roll out in markets
across the country, customers will be able to further optimize the
performance of their Wi-Fi devices, using them to connect them with the
industry’s fastest available network speeds.
Sprint Personal Hot Spot PHS300S is priced at $159.99 and available in
select Sprint retail stores within Sprint 4G markets, telesales,
business sales and at www.sprint.com.
Cradlepoint MBR1000 broadband router is priced at $249.99 and is
available via business sales, telesales and online at www.sprint.com
(all prices exclude taxes).
The first and only national carrier to offer 4G wireless services,
Sprint currently offers 4G in Baltimore and will launch 4G in Portland,
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. Also available for customers
nationwide is the Sprint 3G/4G USB Modem U300, which provides the best
of both worlds - the fast 3G speeds and lightning-fast 4G speeds
wherever 4G is available.
For additional information on Sprint 4G mobile broadband products and
plans, visit www.sprint.com/4G.
ABOUT SPRINT NEXTEL
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
two wireless networks serving almost 49 million customers at the end of
the second quarter of 2009; industry-leading mobile data services;
instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a
global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The company’s customer-focused strategy
has led to improved first call resolution and customer care satisfaction
scores. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
1 “Dependable” based on independent, third-party drive tests
for 3G data connection success, session reliability and signal strength
for the top 50 most populous markets from Jan. ‘08 to May ‘09. Not all
services available on 3G and coverage may default to separate network
when 3G unavailable.
2 Speed claim based on total network size (sq. miles)
multiplied by network upload/download speed capability. Users’ speed
experience may vary.
Mark Elliott, 248-981-3825