Clearwire unveils personal hotspot device designed for Apple WiFi-enabled devices
Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) has introduced the Clear iSpot, a personal hotspot with dedicated support for Apple's line of mobile devices, including the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone.
"With the iSpot, Apple customers don't have to sort through confusing service plans with overage fees, nor do they have to worry about how much data they're using," Thomas Enraght-Moony, senior vice president of marketing at Clearwire said in a press release, obviously referring to AT&T (NYSE:T). "Instead, with Clear, customers can run all of their Apple mobile devices at true broadband speeds for a single, simple monthly fee."
Clearwire said the iSpot is the first 4G personal mobile hotspot made exclusively for Apple mobile products. iSpot users can share 4G speed with up to eight WiFi-enabled Apple mobile devices simultaneously.
The iSpot is available nationwide from Clearwire's web site now and available in Clearwire retail stores and authorized dealers beginning Aug. 10 for $100 with an initial monthly service offering of $25.
Expect to see more personal hotspot offerings targeting the iPhone and other Apple WiFi-enabled devices. Sprint (NYSE:S) has already touted its personal hotspot offering at the iPhone as is reportedly readying the Sprint Peel case, an iDevice accessory sleeve/case manufactured by ZTE that appears to attach to the back of the iPod Touch to enable connectivity via Sprint's EV-DO network. The Peel essentially doubles as a sleeve that also works as a portable WiFi hotspot.
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