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TMCNet:  First MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot Announced by AT&T

[November 19, 2010]

First MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot Announced by AT&T

TMCnet Contributor
AT&T Mobile Hotspot will be available at AT&T (News - Alert) company-owned stores nationwide or online for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Customers will now have to pay $149.99 and after mail-in rebate will receive $100 AT&T Promotion Card.

AT&T recently announced the upcoming availability of the AT&T Mobile Hotspot, MiFi 2372 from Novatel Wireless (News - Alert) which is powered by the nation's fastest mobile broadband network. AT&T is also the first carrier in the Americas to launch the MiFi 2372 Mobile Hotspot from Novatel Wireless preloaded with MiFi OS, widgets and applications support.
In a press release, Michael Woodward, vice president of Mobile Phone (News - Alert) Portfolio for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, said, 'No matter if your holiday travels take you to sandy beaches or snowy slopes, the MiFi 2372 Mobile Hotspot will help you connect to the devices and content that matter most.
The AT&T Mobile Hotspot offers simultaneous Wi-Fi connectivity for up to five devices, which include PCs, cameras, digital media players, tablets and gaming devices. It runs on AT&T's HSPA 7.2 network, which supports even faster mobile broadband speeds.
With the compact AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2372 from Novatel Wireless arms AT&T customers with their own WiFi (News - Alert) hotspot. The new offer adds to the ways AT&T is delivering the convenience of WiFi, which is experiencing rapid customer adoption, as part of its broader focus on helping customers mobilize everything.  
Peter Leparulo, chairman and CEO of Novatel Wireless, said in a statement, 'We congratulate AT&T on its introduction of the MiFi 2372 with the MiFi OS, widgets and applications support. The AT&T MiFi 2372 introduces intelligence and added capabilities beyond pure Internet connectivity and is a great complement to AT&T's extensive mobile broadband offering.'
AT&T's Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2372 enables enhanced performance for simultaneous uploads/downloads and large file transfers while on-the-go. A built-in microSDHC slot provides expandable storage capacity of up to 32GB (microSDHC card not included with the device). The mobile hotspot is also GPS-capable for location-based services.
Joe Fristensky, vice president-Information and Communications Technology at Frost & Sullivan (News - Alert) said that 'This makes sense, especially since AT&T has taken a leadership position in deploying WiFi. This is in line with the industry trend to provide consumers with access to WiFi in as many places as possible.'

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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