AT&T intros LTE mobile hotspot with the Unite
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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.