Boost Mobile Unveils 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot Device and Data Plans
For users, the WiFi hotspot data plans and devices from Boost Mobile don't require a long-term contract, unlike those from major competitors.Boost Mobile is now offering no-contract 4G LTE WiFi hotspot data plans and devices to customers, starting at $49.99 for a mobile hotspot device and $25 per month for a 1.5GB data plan. A 10GB mobile hotspot data plan is also available for $50 a month. The portable mobile hotspot device used for the new service, the Netgear Fuse, is available immediately at Best Buy stores and will be available through BoostMobile.com starting July 17. It will also be available in select Boost Mobile stores and through select wireless dealers in August, according to the company. The Fuse hotspots will allow users to simultaneously connect up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices at a time, indoors or outdoors, as part of Boost Mobile's first WiFi hotspot offering. "In today's highly connected world, Internet access shouldn't be expensive or difficult to find," Angela Rittgers, vice president of marketing for Boost Mobile, said in a statement. "With the Netgear Fuse launch and our no-contract Wi-Fi Hotspot plans, Boost Mobile offers fast, secure Web surfing that doesn't cost a fortune."
The Fuse, which is small enough to fit in a pocket, is powered by a 2,500mAh rechargeable battery that provides users with up to 10 hours of continuous use before it needs to be recharged, according to Boost. No other hardware is needed to use the device, which only connects and operates using 4G LTE networks. It is not backward-compatible with non-LTE networks or slower 3G and 2G networks. Video streaming using the device is provided at 3G speeds.