Sprint has just taken another step towards promoting its LTE network. During CTIA conference the carrier announced three 4G LTE broadband devices, the MiFi 500 LTE by Novatel Wireless, NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot and NETGEAR 341U USB Modem. The devices will go on sale this summer. More details, such as pricing, will be available later on. The device will take advantage of three bands of 4G LTE wireless spectrum available to Sprint’s network: 1.9GHz, 800MHz, and 2.5GHz, thus providing users with seamless 4G LTE experience.
Sprint tri-band LTE USB Modems and Hotspots
Each of the devices is compatible with Sprint’s 4G LTE network at 1.9 GHz and 800 MHz as well as Clearwire’s LTE network at 2.5 GHz delivering better coverage and network performance. The 1.9 GHz spectrum is Sprint’s primary band for 4G nationwide coverage, which is available in as many as 88 markets including Los Angeles, Charlotte, Boston and Dallas. Clearwire’s 2.5 GHz spectrum is aimed at customers in big cities. Finally, the 800 MHz spectrum will be added to Sprint’s LTE network later this year.
The MiFi 500 LTE is a compact and easy to use device designed with families and students in mind. It allows for up to 10 other devices to stay connected to the network. The device has a screen displaying vital information, and features GPS functionality over Wi-Fi, multiple security protocols and a 1,800 mAh battery. The NETGEAR Zing is equipped with a 2,500 mAh bartery capable of delivering up to 10 hours of usage time on one charge. The NETGEAR Zing may be paired with up to 10 devices. The NETGEAR 341U USB Modem will be Sprint’s first tri-band LTE-capable USB modem. The device sports a built-in LCD screen display and does not require any software to run.