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Virgin Mobile Announces Sprint Spark Capable 50 Mbps Hotspot

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas today, Sprint announced its first LTE mobile hotspot for Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go. Called the Netgear Mingle, it's no ordinary LTE hotspot as it supports Sprint's Spark enhanced tri-band (800 Mhz, 1.9Ghz and 2.5Ghz) LTE service that is capable of real-world 50-60 Mbps performance.

Sprint didn't announce pricing for the Mingle but did say that it would be available in the first quarter of 2014 and that it could be used on Virgin Mobile's existing Broadband 2Go plans: $5/day for 250 MB, $25/month for 1.5 GB and $55/month for 6 GB.

Sprint also announced five new Sprint Spark markets; Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Other Spark markets include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami, all of which launched in November. Sprint plans to deploy Sprint Spark in about 100 of America’s largest cities during the next three years. By the end of this year, 100 million Americans are expected to have Sprint Spark coverage.

Source and image: Sprint via PhoneNews.com

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  1. Netgear. Yuck. They have a lot of buggy products over the past 10 years.

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  2. i had hoped that it would be throttled unlimited 2.5gb and $35, $30 with auto-pay, forgot virgin had broadband plans...

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  3. I guess this puts an end to the merging rumor.

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  4. T-Mobile has the best deal out there right now for wireless broadband. They have a better network than the Sprint native one as well.

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  5. What will happen with customers still on the old $35/month for 10GB of full speed Wimax 4G and the unlimited throttled speeds after that? If I upgrade to this device and I use the same number, will I be able to get the same benefits for the same price?

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    1. Virgin Mobile hasn't said but I suspect they will either limit you to 2 GB of LTE on the grandfathered plan or force you to change plans when activating the Spark device.

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