Clearwire has launched a mobile hotspot device that works on the company's 4G wireless network and comes with prepaid subscription plans to attract young adults.
The Rover, introduced Monday, is available online through Clearwire in the roughly three-dozen U.S. metropolitan areas where the company offers its WiMAX service. In addition, the device can be purchased through Best Buy and select independent wireless dealers in Houston and St. Louis.
The Rover looks like an oversized hockey puck and is about four inches in diameter, an inch thick and weighs one and a half pounds. The device sells for $150 and can connect up to eight laptops or Internet- enabled devices through their Wi-Fi wireless modems.
Clearwire also unveiled the Rover Stick, which is a USB modem that connects any Windows or Mac OS X laptop or desktop to the company's 4G network. The device sells for $100.
Clearwire claims the devices can deliver download speeds of 3 to 6 megabits per second, with bursts of 10 Mbps. The multi-user device has a range of about 100 feet, and a battery life of up to four hours of nonstop use.
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