Though it won't be the first Verizon LTE
device to share its white-hot connection over WiFi (that honor goes to the recently-launched Thunderbolt
), Samsung's SCH-LC11 -- announced back at CES
-- is shaping up to be the network's first dedicated hotspot to hit retail. We've just been dropped the carrier's internal equipment guide showing a launch date in all channels (stores, telesales, and online) this coming Thursday, March 31st; pricing is an open question, but carriers tend to price these modems pretty aggressively on contract since they know they're going to eat you alive with the data plan for the next two years. Of course, in this case, we're more than willing to get eaten alive if it means we've got a 20Mbps WiFi connection in our pocket at all times.
[Thanks, anonymous tipster]
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