AT&T is getting ready to release an unprecedented device. As of November 19, AT&T subscribers will be able to buy the world's first mobile data hotspot device to feature 4G LTE support as well as an innovative 2.8-inch LCD touchscreen. The device is manufactured by portable hotspot innovator Novatel Wireless.
Called the MiFi Liberate, this router offers quick and easy setup via its touch-based user interface and can connect up to 10 devices simultaneously to share the same 4G LTE wireless Internet line via standard 802.11n Wi-Fi. More advanced features include the ability to check data usage through the router's interface and configure the way which devices use the connection, as well as a highly configurable integrated firewall.
The MiFi Liberate's also sports storage and file sharing capabilities, but no onboard storage. As such, users must insert a microSD card, with the maximum capacity accepted being 32 GB. Owners can also place their SIM in a separate slot. The router's battery should last for about 11 hours of use before needing a charge.
AT&T is selling the MiFi Liberate for $50 for those who sign a two-year data agreement. Standalone pricing is not yet available.
AT&T recently expanded its 4G LTE network in Bakersfield, California, allowing more customers to take advantage of this service with a compatible hotspot router, smartphone or tablet device.
"We've seen positive response from customers on our 4G LTE launch, and as today's expansion shows, we're continuing our rollout of fast LTE speeds to more areas of Bakersfield," said Jace Barbin, vice president and general manager of Mobility & Consumer Markets for the Greater Los Angeles Region.
For those looking to buy a tablet device on the network, now is the time as the network operator is offering a $100 discount on tablets to customers who sign up for a two-year data plan.
Edited by Brooke Neuman