In an effort to consolidate all of their network technologies into a single device, Sprint will be releasing the aptly-named Tri-Fi Hotspot to interested customers later this month. Created by Sierra Wireless, the hub will support 4G LTE, WiMax and 3G Sprint data networks.
The Tri-Fi boasts a 3,600mAh battery that Sprint says is good for up to eight hours as well as a microSD card slot that can be used to share files across various connected devices. The device itself is pretty big, with CNET liking it to an anvil and proclaiming it isn’t a very sexy product.
Sexy or not, if you are a Sprint road warrior, this could be extremely useful now and in the long run. As you may already know, Sprint’s network is in a transition phase as they work to build out their 4G LTE network. The Tri-Fi will allow customers to continue to use WiMax where available, 3G when it isn’t and 4G LTE as it is rolled out nationwide.
Sprint has some quality 4G LTE handsets that will get the job done once the service is available in your area. The HTC Evo 4G LTE was announced last month with pre-orders starting just a few days ago on May 7. Optionally, the LG Viper 4G LTE and the Galaxy Nexus both support LTE and are available for purchase immediately. The Evo and Galaxy Nexus will set you back $199 with a two year contract while the LG Viper is a bit cheaper at $99 with the same two year service agreement.
The Tri-Fi will be available on May 18 for $99 with a two year contract and a $50 rebate. Data plans start at $34.99 per month for 3GB and go up to $79.99 for 12GB.