T-Mobile Announces New MiFi, Laptop Stick, and Availability of 42 Mbps 4G
No matter what news was announced this weekend, T-Mobile is still kicking and moving along, conducting business as usual. And on the very first day of CTIA 2011, business as usual is nice. Another announcement coming out of T-Mobile’s camp is the introduction of a new mobile hotspot device, laptop stick, and an announcement of which cities will get T-Mobile’s 42 Mbps HSPA+ 4G network enhancements. All of these are set to take place sometime in the Spring.
First off, let’s tackle the 42 Mbps speeds. The super fast 4G speeds will be available at first to the cities of Las Vegas, New York, and Orlando, followed closely by Chicago and extra expansion from NYC into other areas such as Northern Jersey and Long Island. This will double the current max speed of 21 Mbps in these areas.
Next up is the new 4G mobile hotspot, creatively called the “T-Mobile 4G mobile HotSpot”. The hotspot, made by ZTE, is capable of 21 Mbps max and can be hooked up to a max of 5 lines simultaneously.
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Last but not least we find the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0, which is a laptop stick attached to your computer’s USB port. The Rocket will now be capable of hitting the 42 Mbps mark for these new and upcoming markets. It’s also made by ZTE; there will be a couple other laptop sticks made available soon, the Jet 2.0 and the Rocket 4G prepaid stick, both of which are 4G-capable of up to 21 Mbps speeds.
Stay posted on more updates!
Full Press Releases:
Today at the International CTIA Wireless 2011, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced the expansion of its broad selection of consumer-ready 4G products, including the T-Mobile® G2x with Google™ which is built for speed and mobile entertainment. T-Mobile also announced the first major markets where it is doubling the speed of its 4G network to achieve a theoretical download speed of 42 Mbps. T-Mobile customers in Las Vegas, New York and Orlando, Fla., will be the first in the country to experience the increased 4G speed, followed closely by Chicago and further expansion of the New York network into Long Island, N.Y., and Northern New Jersey. By mid-year, T-Mobile expects 140 million Americans in 25 markets to have access to increased 4G speeds.
“As T-Mobile continues the aggressive expansion of America’s Largest 4G Network, we’re doubling our maximum speed in more than two dozen markets, starting with three important cities today,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “We will continue to build on our 4G network advantage this year, providing customers with an industry-leading mobile data experience.”
As T-Mobile’s 4G network continues to expand and get faster, the company’s portfolio of 4G products is also growing. T-Mobile has announced plans to deliver 25 4G-capabile devices this year and this spring will introduce seven new 4G-capable devices spanning smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband products that will benefit from America’s Largest 4G Network™. T-Mobile’s 4G devices allow customers to video chat, surf the Web, download and stream high-definition (HD) and 3D video, and use their favorite applications as new 4G-enabled products with these capabilities come to market.
“Access to mobile content is central to the experience on a vast and growing number of consumer devices, exponentially increasing the demand for fast 4G mobile broadband connections,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “In fact, data traffic on T-Mobile’s network is quadrupled year over year. With smartphone data plans starting at just $10 a month — and a growing line-up of innovative 4G smartphones and tablets — we are meeting the demand for mobile data, and making it easier than ever for customers to step up to 4G.”
Full Press Release for the Hotspot and Laptop Card
New 4G Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband Laptop Stick Lineup
T-Mobile is expanding its 4G mobile broadband products across a variety of device categories with the new T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot, enabling customers to extend the power of America’s Largest 4G Network to any Wi-Fi-capable device from virtually anywhere. T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot gives customers the ability to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to T-Mobile’s 4G network, including music players, tablets, laptops, cameras and e-readers, among others. Manufactured by ZTE Corp., the sleek, compact 21 Mbps-capable device, which resembles a clamshell cell phone, weighs only 2.64 ounces and fits in the palm of your hand.
T-Mobile will offer its customers an all-4G laptop stick lineup from prepaid to premium devices. Available later this spring, the T-Mobile Rocket™ 3.0 will be the first 42 Mbps capable 4G product able to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s new 42 Mbps service. Manufactured by ZTE, the Rocket 3.0 will be capable of speeds twice as fast as 21 Mbps devices which customers should notice when creating and sharing mobile content, streaming and connecting through mobile video and participating in multi-player gaming.
T-Mobile also plans to deliver two additional 4G laptop sticks capable of delivering peak download speeds of 21 Mbps, including the T-Mobile Jet 2.0 and the prepaid T-Mobile Rocket 4G.