Sprint Announces New 3G/4G Data Plans and Express Hotspot

Posted by at 10:43 am on November 14, 2011

Sprint on Monday brought out newly revised data plans that claim to undercut those from the competition. They are combined 3G/4G data plans and include a 6GB, $50 per month plan or a 12GB, $80 per month option. Each offers 20 percent data at the same price as plans from AT&T and Verizon, Sprint said, where 5GB is normal.

The plans can be used by any non-phone device, such as tablets, hotspots, USB modems, netbooks, and notebooks.

The carrier also added two dedicated tablet and hotspot plans, offering 3GB of data for $35 per month or 1GB for $20 per month, though this last one is for tablets only. Overage rates while on the network are five cents per megabyte and off-network are 25 cents per megabyte. These plans replace any previous offerings from the carrier.

At the same time, Sprint outed a new Express Mobile Hotspot. The piece of hardware will allow up to five Wi-Fi devices to connect through it to the 3G/4G data network. Its Wi-Fi range is as much as 262 feet in ideal conditions, while its 2,200mAh battery is removable and rated at up to seven hours of use. A USB cable is included and can charge the battery while connected to a notebook. A microSD memory card slot is included and allows the hotspot’s use as a thumb drive. Finally, an external display shows battery life, status and signal strength.

Neither pricing nor a ship date for the hotspot have been disclosed.

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