Sprint to launch Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot with 4G LTE, WiMAX and 3G on May 18

Sprint to launch Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot with 4G LTE, WiMAX and 3G on May 18
Sprint announced a pretty interesting device today - the Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot - which, as the name suggests, support 4G LTE, WiMAX and 3G.

While Sprint's LTE network is not expected until mid-year in select markets, you can hook up to the existing WiMAX network, or use plain old 3G speeds with the Tri-Fi Hotspot, while waiting.

The gizmo is powered by a 3600mAh battery, providing your devices with up to 8 hours of Wi-Fi goodness, and will be available May 18 for $99.99, after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two year contract, and plans starting from $34.99 a month for 3GB of data, up to $79.99 for 12GB.

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7 Comments

1. ZayZay

Posts: 571; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

You mean LTE?, iffy WIMAX and 2G.

2. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Yeah where I live their WiMAX never got here, and the 3G where available is more like 2G. While the other 1/2 of town is 2G that performs almost as good as their 3G. Ok I read what I just wrote and my head spun around. :) sounds like a good device otherwise, if the network is there to back it up.

3. crysiswarmonger

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

LOL.... same here sprint 3g 2g at best. Sprint does not have 4g (LTE (wimax b4)) yet they are advertising and selling you LTE products and services. But you get it all unlimited, unlimited waiting that is.

5. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

These are some of the effects of carrying the iPhone and the explosion of data hungry smartphones. Sprint does have 4G WiMAX in many markets, more than ATT has LTE. They are working on LTE very fast and are upgrading their 3G. At least Sprint is investing on improving their network, basically upgrading and re-deploying its entire network from the ground up, once its done coverage and speeds will be much better. Their network is being over-engineered to support unlimited data and future growth, a good sign that they are doing everything possible to keep unlimited data. Have to give credit where its due.

4. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

No iDEN Sprint? /sarcasm

6. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

The iDEN network is being decommissioned and the spectrum is being re-farmed to deploy LTE on the 800mhz band. Nextel Direct Connect is being moved to the CDMA with the same quality and reliability of iDEN but much better coverage. Additionally, Clearwire's TDD-LTE will provide additional coverage / capacity in highly populated metro markets. Honestly, if you read about Sprint's Network Vision and the engineering behind it, Sprint is investing more money that all other carriers combined, along with Clearwire's gobs of nationwide spectrum and their plans to deploy the fastest wireless network in the country, Sprint is in the best position out of the big 4.

7. I_Slap_Fat_Kids

Posts: 40; Member since: May 04, 2012

If you're paying $80 a month, you should be getting UNLIMITED data with NO dead spots. Twelve Gigs can go pretty quickly, and if you're willing to pay $80, you probably really need it.

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