While many users rely on their existing smartphone to tether their Internet connection to their other devices, carriers keep putting out dedicated devices to achieve such a goal. Coming from Sierra Wireless, this particular hotspot features 4G LTE connectivity from AT&T, a touchscreen display, and 10 simultaneous connections. Interestingly, pricing and availability is unknown, which makes us wonder why anyone would announce something without giving you the most critical of details. You’ll find the full press release below.
AT&T* announced today that it will be the exclusive carrier of the AT&T Unite, a 4G LTE mobile hotspot from Sierra Wireless that lets customers take the mobile internet with them on-the-go.**
AT&T Unite has an easy to use 2.4” touchscreen display and can connect up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices, including a guest hotspot for one-time users. Customers can also manage connected devices, change network and device settings and block unwanted devices from joining the network – directly from the screen. AT&T Unite is powered by the nation’s largest 4G network. An on-screen meter monitors data consumption, making it easier to track your usage.
Customers purchasing connected devices from AT&T have more options in choosing the plan that’s right for them and their mobile devices. Customers can choose one of AT&T’s existing individual or family plans or select a shared data plan. With AT&T Mobile Share plans, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices, including the AT&T Unite. Adding a mobile hotspot device to a Mobile Share plan is just $20 a month. ***
“This new mobile hotspot makes customers’ lives easier by allowing them to stay connected to family, friends, and work while on-the-go and on any Wi-Fi enabled device,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices and Developer Services, AT&T. “Coupled with our Mobile Share plans, the AT&T Unite is a compelling and valuable option for connecting to the nation’s largest 4G network.”
AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network, covering more than 285 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul, and the AT&T Unite is compatible with both. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience as they move in and out of LTE areas. With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
** 4G speeds not available everywhere. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.
*** Smartphone required. Up to ten devices per plan. Additional monthly charge per device. $15 per GB for add’l data. Unlimited talk and text for phones only. Activation fee may apply. Additional deposits and other restrictions may apply. Access to corporate email, intranet sites and apps available for $15/mo. per device.
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