HTC to intro smartphone with built-in WiFi router

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The HTC HD2 smartphone, which includes an embedded WiFi router, is expected to make its debut in the U.S. early next year, giving devices like MiFi a run for their money.

The HD2 uses the Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional OS, and in Europe and Taiwan is capable of handling the 7.2 Mbps HSPA version. HTC said the device will come to the U.S. in ealry 2010 with an unnamed major operator.

Verizon and Sprint currently offer Novatel's MiFi, which enables multiple WiFi-enabled devices to connect to the Internet via a 3G connection. The HD2, however, will include a WiFi router to make an additional mobile broadband subscription unnecessary.

For more:
- see this Twice Magazine article

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