San Diego, Calif. -
is rolling out its first 4G devices for the U.S. market, including an LTE-equipped 4G mobile hot spot for Verizon Wireless, an LTE 4G USB modem for Verizon, and a Mobile WiMAX-equipped 4G mobile hot spot for Sprint.
The MiFi 4082 mobile hot spot for Sprint is Novatel's first Mobile WiMAX-equipped product for any country. It became available April 17 through brick-and-mortar retailers and online retailers at $79. It operates in WiMAX mode in the 2.5GHz band and in 3G mode in 850/1900MHz CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A networks to deliver average 3G data speeds of 600kbps to 1.7Mbps and average 4G speeds of 3-6Mbps.
The MiFi 4082 features microSD card slot to share stored files with up to five Wi-Fi-equipped devices at a time. It also features GPS to enable turn-by-turn driving instructions and indicate nearby points of interest when used with a Wi-Fi device equipped with a navigation application.
Earlier, Verizon began offering Novatel's first 4G LTE device for the U.S. It's the 551L USB modem at $99 with internal antenna. It operates in 4G mode in Verizon's 700MHz LTE markets and in 3G CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A mode in 850/1900MHz markets.
Novatel's first 4G LTE mobile hot spot is the MiFi 4510L for Verizon. It's available at
and will be in Verizon-owned stores on April 21, Novatel said. It costs $99 after $50 mail-in rebate with 4G data plans starting at $50 per month for 5GB of data.
The MiFi 4510L for Verizon connects up to five WiFi devices at a time via Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n to the Verizon 700MHz LTE network and to 850/1900MHz Rev A. networks. Features include integrated antenna, up to five hours of battery life, and eInk display to show signal strength, battery level, roaming and number of connected devices. It supports WEP/WPA/WPA2 security and VPN pass-through. It connects to Windows, Macintosh and Linux OS devices.'
In Verizon LTE markets, users can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps with the Novatel devices, Novatel said.