By Sumit Passary | Sep 28, 2012 10:10 AM EDT
AT&T and Novatel Wireless jointly unveiled a next-generation mobile hotspot, the MiFi Liberate, in the U.S. AT&T announced that it will be the exclusive carrier of the new MiFi Liberate, which is equipped with a 2.8-inch color touchscreen display.
"We are committed to delivering wireless solutions that empower our customers and make their lives easier. As its name suggests, the MiFi Liberate is designed to connect them to the mobile Internet when away from home or the office by arming them with their own portable hotspot, so they can stay connected to the people, places and information that matter most to them." said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of Devices at AT&T.
The global-ready MiFi Liberate will also offer users connectivity in more than 200 countries. With the MiFi, users will find it more convenient to browse the Internet, check and send e-mail, and upload photos while traveling abroad. The MiFi Liberate also has a microSD card slot, which enables consumers to insert a microSD card which can then be accessed from any device connected to the hotspot via Digital Living Network Allowance (DLNA) or Wi-Fi, which makes it easier for users to share files and media stored on the microSD card conveniently.
The touchscreen allows customers to connect to up to 10 Wi-Fi devices, "view data usage, manage connected devices, change network and device settings, and more - all directly from the device."
Users will have access to 4G LTE speeds using the MiFi Liberate. The device touts a powerful battery that offers users up to 11 hours of continuous use.
AT&T is yet to reveal the pricing and release date details.
With the increase in usage of Wi-Fi supported devices like laptops, tablets, and smartphones, the MiFi Liberate may be considered a convenient option to connect to the Internet on the go. Time will tell if the MiFi Liberate can entice customers to AT&T's faster 4G LTE network.
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