AT&T (NYSE:T), is jumping on the mobile hotspot bandwagon, offering Novatel Wireless' MiFi 2372 mobile hotspot that supports up to five devices on AT&T's HSPA 7.2 network. The introduction comes after Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) began selling Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) WiFi-only iPad bundled with Novatel's 2200 mobile hotspot.
The MiFi device comes preloaded with MiFi OS, widgets and applications support and is available at AT&T company-owned stores for $150 with a $100 mail-in rebate. The device is also available at AT&T's online store.
AT&T is one of the last major operators to embrace MiFi as it has been pushing its vast number of WiFi hotspots. Through roaming agreements, it offers access to more than 125,000 hotspots worldwide. Still, WiFi access is free with all mobile data plans, while the MiFi will be subject to the tiered data pricing plans AT&T now has in place.
Enabling simultaneous uploads and downloads as well as large file transfers, MiFi has a built-in microSDHC slot for expandable storage capacity up to 32 GB. The company said the mobile hotspot is GPS-capable for location-based services.
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