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February 24, 2014

Devices Weren't Really Mobile Until Routers Came Along

Recent trends suggest that as more people get access to 3G and 4G devices, more of them will want hotspot access wherever they go. According to a report published by Infiniti Research, global demand for mobile hotspots is expected to reach 60 million shipments, eclipsing $5 billion in revenue in 2016—a CAGR of more than 34 percent.

It’s not enough to find the nearest Starbucks or public library to satisfy most people’s desire for a wireless Internet connection. Technology has improved to the point that many feel they should be able to have their own connection anytime, anyplace.

As a result, several companies have stepped up to provide mobile hotspot devices. MOCREO’s 5-in-1 multi-functional 3G router has several helpful features for mobile device users. In addition to its support for multiple 3G devices, it can also recharge devices and function as a repeater, hotspot, router or attached storage. It has a USB port to accommodate 3G USB dongles for access to wireless service. Huawei Technologies, Novatel Wireless, Sierra Wireless and ZTE are other major vendors in the mobile hotspot router market.

Major telecom vendors long ago joined the mobile hotspot market. Verizon offers a 4G LTE Jetpack mobile hotspot that supports up to 10 devices with 4G and up to five with 3G. It provides GPS support for location-dependent apps; can function in 205 countries and has 2.4 and 5 GHz bands. Users can check their data usage anytime to avoid overage fees. Other major wireless vendors in the U.S. like AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint offer 4G LTE mobile hotspots, depending on location.

Some cars also support the technology. Mobile hotspots are available on new Ford, Chrysler, Mercedes Benz and BMW cars, supporting several users and devices at time.

A few years ago, the discussion was if mobile technology was going to take over; a couple of years ago it evolved to a matter of when it would take over. Today the takeover is complete, but until mobile hotspots came along mobile devices weren’t totally mobile; users had to find a fixed Wi-Fi signal available to the public. With mobile hotspots, users do not have such limitations. Hopefully as with previous technologies, mobile Internet access will become more abundant and drive the cost down to a negligible level. 

Edited by Alisen Downey

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