Joining the MiFi from Novatel and Overdrive franchise from Sierra Wireless, Sprint is launching its own branded mobile hotspot router on its 3G/4G WiMax network in the form of the Sprint Express. The device was leaked before and was thought, at the time, to be a smartphone, but it is a compact mobile hotspot router that can connect up to 5 devices simultaneously over WiFi to the Sprint 3G CDMA/EV-DO or 4G WiMax network. The Sprint Express is available for $29.99 with a two-year data plan and contract.
The Sprint Express has a microSD card slot to share files and documents and will come with a 2200 mAh removable battery that will provide up to 7 hours of battery life. Users can also plug the device directly into their notebooks or computers to tether over USB as well. A display on the device provides for quick access to signal strength, battery life, and network information.
The Sprint Express weighs 4.2 ounces and measures 4.3 X 2.4 X 0.66-inch.
The device could potentially be made by Huawei, which is breaking into the U.S. mobile market by providing carrier-branded offerings, like the T-Mobile Springboard tablet.
The Sprint Express will be able to tap into Sprint’s newly unveiled mobile broadband data plans for data-only devices.