ZTE Sprint International Mobile Hotspot does CDMA in US, GSM abroad

We love mobile wireless hotspots, and we especially love when they work internationally -- which until today, has left Sprint's CDMA/WiMAX devices out of the mix. This latest variant gives some love to the world traveling crowd, however, with domestic support for EVDO Rev A, and international support for GSM/GRPS/EDGE as well as WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA. There's no word on what you'll expect to pay for your data abroad, but Sprint does include an "unlocked SIM" in the box, along with international power adapters. A built-in display indicates battery life and connectivity, so you know when the device is ready to beam the web to up to five WiFi devices on CDMA, or a single device while roaming on GSM. Available now, the hotspot will run you $50 after a $50 rebate and with a two-year contract, provides a range of up to 130 feet, and can pump out a wireless signal for up to four hours (sadly WiMAX is not supported). Jump past the break for the lowdown from Sprint.

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Sprint International Mobile Hotspot fact sheet

Sprint's First CDMA/GSM International Mobile Hotspot

Extend your mobile broadband experience and break away from today's fixed Wi-Fi locations in the U.S. and while traveling abroad. Sprint International Mobile Hotspot by ZTE allows you to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously while on CDMA – including laptops, music players, gaming devices, and cameras – through a single wireless connection and also gives international mobile broadband access via GSM too. Sprint International Mobile Hotspot by ZTE is portable, compact and secure, providing "connector-less" Mobile Broadband access.

· Universal Wi-Fi compatibility
· Provides mobile broadband access to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices while on CDMA and 1 Wi-Fi enabled device while in GSM
· Easy to use: compact, portable device requires no connector or software installation
· Compatible with Windows® 7, Vista ®, XP®, Macintosh® Linux
· Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
· Web UI for customized settings and security
· External display indicating data transfer and battery condition
· World Mode – device comes with a pre-installed, unlocked SIM card that is both WCDMA and GSM capable
· Multiple country adapters for easy charging in international outlets included in box
· Wi-Fi range up to 131 feet

· Dimensions: 3.92" x 2.11" x .55"
· Weight: 2.8 oz.
· Connection: Wireless or Micro USB for tethering
· EVDO REV A capable domestically and GSM/GRPS/EDGE and WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA capable while roaming internationally
· Frequency: 800/1900MHz; 850/900/1800/1900MHz; 900/1900/2100MHz
· Chipset: Qualcomm MSM7625
· Standard 1500 mAH Li-Ion Battery, up to 4 hours of active use time.