Sierra Wireless unveiled its Aircard 754s mobile hotspot at MWC this year, and today the device made an appearance on the FCC. Measuring just 2.2” x 3.8” (57mm x 96mm), the device offers support for LTE (700 and 1700) as well as HSPA+ networks, giving you access to most 4G networks currently available worldwide with download speeds of up to 100Mbps. When 4G networks are unavailable, the Aircard 754s also offers support for 3G WCDMA networks, although the device does not support EvDO or WiMAX.
Sierra Wireless has not yet confirmed a release date or pricing for the Aircard 754s.
To date, AT&T has made it difficult for customers to share their phone’s data connection. Sure, tethering is available on the iPhone – but thus far AT&T customers haven’t been able to easily leverage the wireless hotspot capabilities offered with Android 2.2 and up.
But all of that will change on February 13th, when AT&T launches its Mobile Hotspot app. This application will be available for select phones, including the HTC Inspire 4G, and will cost $20 per month. The Mobile Hotspot app will also come with an additional 2GB of data that will be added on to existing plans.
To use the Mobile Hotspot app, AT&T customers will need to first need to add AT&T’s Data Pro Plan to their account, which costs $25 a month and comes with 2GB of data. That means in total, AT&T customers will need to shell out $45 per month for mobile hotspot capabilities – $25 per month for the AT&T Data Pro Plan and $20 per month for the Mobile Hotspot App. Combined, this will provide customers with 4GB of additional data (2GB from the Data Pro Plan and 2GB from the Mobile Hotspot App). Any data over the 4GB provided by these two plans will cost an additional $10 per GB. Confused yet? Check out AT&T’s official press release here for the full scoop.
AT&T is launching the Mobile Hotspot app in conjunction with the rollout of its 4G network and its first 4G phone, the HTC Inspire 4G. AT&T’s 4G technology relies on HSPA+ technology, which promises downstream speeds of up to 14.4Mbps. Like other 4G networks, the 14.4Mbps is purely a theoretical max.
It looks like T-Mobile USA customers will have another USB modem option, this time from Chinese OEM ZTE. The device, pictured above, is known as the MF591, and supports HSPA+ transfer rates up to 21 Mbps. The svelte device has a USB dongle that folds away when not in use, and an overall svelte form factor. No word on pricing or availability, but the MF591 won FCC approval this weekend, suggesting that it will be released soon.
T-mobile’s HSPA+ will be available to over 200 million people by the end of the year, and HSPA+ devices have slowly started to emerge. In an FCC filing today, Netgear unveiled their HSPA+ plans with the MBR1210 mobile wireless-N router, label above.
The HBR1210 features 4 Ethernet ports, a SIM card slot and what appears to be an external antenna. Although Netgear describes the HBR1210 as a “mobile” router, the device has a power port, which unfortunately could mean that the device needs to be plugged in. Hopefully, we’re wrong and the HBR1210 has a huge internal battery that provides hours of wireless web browsing.
We’re not sure about the exact measurements of the HBR1210, but label location pics of the device, below, show a squarish form factor that judging by the size of the device’s label size will be around 25 cm (9.8”) wide and less than 20 cm (7.9”) tall. Unfortunately, those measurements mean the device won’t be close to pocketable.
No word on pricing or availability, but we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
Developing: HTC just passed a phone called the PC10100 through the FCC. We don’t have any pics of the device, but we do know that the PC10100 will support HSPA+ on the 1700 MHz frequency, below. That’s the same frequency T-Mobile USA is using for their HSPA+ network, so we’re guessing that the PC10100 is the HTC Vision QWERTY slider. Leaked pics of the Vision have already popped up on the net, and it’s expected that T-Mobile will launch the device at their launch event on September 15th in London.