Comcast teamed up with Clearwire to bring WiMAX to the masses a couple of years ago
, and now the company is jumping on the bandwidth-sharing bandwagon by offering a mobile hotspot. It's the same Novatel 3G/4G MiFi from Sprint
that's been putting internet access in our pockets for a month, only this one sports an Xfinity badge and cheaper price tag. While the Now Network version costs $80, Comcast's Internet 2go customers get the device for $25 on a one-year contract. Plus service is only $40 a month for the same Clearwire coverage
that costs $50 from Sprint. Sounds like a winning WiMAX combination to us.
Comcast Launches Personal 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot with Xfinity Internet 2go
Introducing Superfast 4G Mobile Broadband Connectivity While On-the-Go
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) today announced the launch of its personal 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot, also known as the MiFi® 4082 by Novatel Wireless Inc., that allows users to simultaneously connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the Internet while on-the-go. Sleek and compact in design, the pocket-sized device is a Wi-Fi router that uses Xfinity® Internet 2go service to create a portable Wi-Fi hotspot and provide superfast Internet speeds within a 4G coverage area.
"This new product gives customers the flexibility to instantly create their own secure hotspot everywhere they go," said Tom Nagel, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Wireless Services for Comcast. "Consumers want mobile Internet access for Wi-Fi-enabled devices like iPads, laptops and smartphones, and with this offering they can share their connection with family, friends or colleagues and can even watch TV and movies on-the-go."
Comcast's 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot offers a reliable Internet connection and fast download speeds of up to 6 Mbps with 4G service and up to 1.4 Mbps with 3G service. Within the 4G network, which reaches 119 million Americans, the 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot provides superfast 4G speed. Outside of 4G coverage, the device connects to the nationwide 3G network. A rechargeable battery provides hours of Internet access when power outlets are not available. In addition, the device supports industry-standard Wi-Fi security, providing safety for customers since users are prompted to enter their password before being able to connect to a Mobile Hotspot.
The personal 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot is available in Xfinity Internet 2go markets with 4G service, which includes many of the major markets across the U.S. To view a map of areas where customers can use Xfinity Internet 2go and the 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot, visit: http://www.comcast.com/Corporate/Learn/xfinity/4g-3g-wireless-coverage-map.html
New Xfinity Internet 2go customers can get the hotspot for a $25 one-time fee with a qualifying Xfinity Internet 2go service plan. For more information about Xfinity Internet 2go service or the personal Mobile Hotspot, visit www.comcast.com/2go.