Cradlepoint announced that its routers will support the latest 3G/4G USB modem from Sprint. It’s the latest USB device that are supported by Cradlepoint routers. It provides a connection to the Internet anywhere you are using a router.
The USB modem, the 250U from Sierra Wireless, connects to 4G networks where available and connects to Sprint’s reliable 3G network when a 4G connection isn’t available. It’s only available to businesses through select distribution channels and will be widely available in July 2010. It works on all Windows operating systems and Mac OS.
It costs $59.99 per month plus the initial fees for purchasing the device. If you put the 250U into a Cradlepoint router like the CTR500, you can connect up to 16 Wi-Fi enabled devices at one time. It’s an expansion upon most of the 3G/4G hotspots offered by 4G sellers like Sprint and CLEAR. There are many options for Cradlepoint routers, like the PHS 300. It connects up to 16 Wi-Fi enabled devices to the network.
Currently, Sprint offers 4G in 31 markets, including Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Baltimore, covering about 50 million people. They will look to expand to more markets by the end of 2010, adding New York, San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles to the list of WiMAX markets. Sprint offers a number of 4G devices, including the Overdrive 3G/4G router and the first 4G phone, the HTC EVO 4G.They also offer USB modems and other 4G devices.
CLEAR is another 4G seller. They have some new mobile hotspots, including their own version of the Overdrive and a 4G-only hotspot that works in all the CLEAR markets. CLEAR also offers a selection of USB modems that work with Cradlepoint routers. If you’re thinking about switching to 4G markets and looking to get more out of your USB modem and contract, check out Cradlepoint routers. They provide a great extension and users can share the 4G connection to devices like the iPad, iPod touch and fourth generation iPhone.