Boost Mobile has launched its first ever mobile hotspot in the form of the $49.99 NETGEAR Fuse. There are two new hotspot plans to go along with the device: $25/month for 1.5 GB or $50/month for 10GB (excluding taxes and surcharges). The plans are hard-capped, access ends when the plan’s data allowance is reached. Presumably the user can renew early if they run out of data.
Video streaming on Boost's new broadband service is limited to 3G speeds of approximately 600 Kbps. There's no word as to whether Boost broadband users can opt-in to get full speed video streaming like users on Boost's mobile phone plans can.
The Fuse mobile hotspot is available now at Best Buy stores, and on Friday, July 17, it will also be available at www.boostmobile.com. It will show up at Boost Mobile stores and select independent wireless dealers sometime in August.
The pocket sized, tri-band LTE capable Fuse supports up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled connected devices. It has a 2,500mAh battery for up to 10 continuous hours of use on a single charge.
Up to now Sprint's prepaid mobile broadband service has been offered under the Virgin Mobile brand. Virgin's mobile broadband service, which is still available, has different plans; $5/day 250 MB, $25/month 1.5 GB and $55/month 6GB. Sprint seems to be neglecting the Virgin Mobile brand of late with no recent plan updates, plans that are no longer competitive and an increasingly sparse device portfolio. Many devices, including the Virgin Mobile hotspot, have been out of stock for months. Some have speculated that Sprint will fold the Virgin brand into Boost or Sprint Prepaid but and I think that's unlikely. Sprint Prepaid Group has a history of alternately neglecting and promoting each its brands and I expect Virgin Mobile will eventually be rejuvenated into something worthy of consideration again.
Source: Sprint News Release
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