AT&T intros LTE mobile hotspot with the Unite

The largest provider of consumer wireless telecommunications in the U.S. is now offering its own official mobile hotspot for users to take advantage of the carrier's LTE/HSPA+ network

A handful of tablets in the market have at least two distinct models - one with built-in WWAN capabilities and the other without. The latter option is usually the less expensive version, but users would then be stuck with WLAN connectivity only.

Tethering is one way around the WLAN limitation and the AT&T Unite mobile hotspot (based on the Sierra AirCard 770S) is the carrier's solution for allowing WLAN-only devices to utilize 4G LTE and 3G speeds where available. Usability is clearly AT&T's top priority for the handheld device as it includes a 2.4-inch touchscreen for quickly managing connected devices (up to 10 simultaneously) and recording data consumption in real-time. Such a feature may be invaluable to the user due to the varying levels of data caps from the carrier.

This new mobile hotspot makes customers’ lives easier by allowing them to stay connected to family, friends, and work while on-the-go and on any Wi-Fi enabled device,” the press release explains.

The Unite claims to have a 10 hour battery life and will cost users $20 per month. It's worth noting that the Unite is not only for existing AT&T customers, so other users and Wi-Fi devices are encouraged to take advantage of AT&T's coverage and network as well.

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Allen Ngo, 2013-03-14 (Update: 2013-03-14)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.