Verizon’s 4G LTE network launched on a high high, churning out some amazing data speeds in tests all across its coverage areas. Today the nation’s largest wireless carrier added another LTE device to their lineup in the Samsung LTE Mobile Hotspot, a MiFi-style unit that will connect up to five Wi-Fi devices to the LTE network at the same time. The 4G LTE Hotspot is available for order in stores and online now, and will be on the shelves March 31st. Pricing is set at $99.99 after $50 rebate with a two-year 4G Mobile Broadband plan contract, or $269.99 for a contract-free purchase. A 4G data plan will run you $50 per month for 5GB or $80/month for 10GB, with $10 per GB overage charges applicable to both tiers.
The launch of VZW’s first 4G smartphone, the HTC ThunderBolt, brought with it some network issues most notably seen in the device’s Mobile Hotspot app. Customers complained in VZW’s forums about 4G connections that dropped out and never returned, requiring them to kill and restart the app or power cycle the devices to restore data. Some declines in data speeds were also noted – including in my own testing – though even the slower speeds were still within Verizon’s advertised range, and faster than other 4G networks in the U.S.
Will the addition of the 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot cause more problems for Verizon’s still-young LTE network, or are the bugs being ironed out fast enough to support VZW’s growing fleet of high-speed devices? More importantly, will you be picking one up to test for yourself?
[Via: Verizon Wireless]