CES 2012: Verizon intros global 4G hotspot with ZTE Jetpack

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We love the Verizon 4G LTE network but if you want to use your existing hotspot abroad, you’re out of luck. Well, that changes with the just-announced ZTE Jetpack, as this hotspot has global data roaming capabilities.

Unfortunately, you won’t get those 4G speeds abroad, but you do get connectivity in 205 countries, including 125 with 3G speeds. If you haven’t tested other mobile data networks, you should know that many of these have pretty fast 3G networks – in fact, until the recent 4G push in America, mobile data connections abroad made ours look like a joke.

The ZTE Jetpack 4G hotspot will let you create a WiFi cloud which you can connect up to 10 devices to. There’s also an OLED display to give you a better idea of how you’re connected. You can find the press release after the jump or read it on Verizon’s site here.

LAS VEGAS, NV and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — From the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Verizon Wireless and ZTE today announced the Verizon Jetpack ™ – EuFi890. Developed by ZTE, the Jetpack is a Global Ready ™ 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot. Harnessing the power of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, the Jetpack allows customers to share blazing fast internet connectivity with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The Jetpack will be in the Verizon booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Booth #30259) and ZTE booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Booth #35466).

The compact Jetpack comes equipped with an OLED screen and interactive keypad to help manage connections and settings and to display data usage alerts. Consumers and international business travelers alike can enjoy Web access in more than 205 countries, including more than 125 with 3G speeds, on their Wi-Fi-enabled devices using the Jetpack to watch movies, listen to music and conduct business. Verizon Wireless leads the way in 4G with the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the United States, covering more than 200 million people in 190 markets.

Key features:

4G LTE – Customers in the United States can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas
Global Ready, allowing customers to enjoy wireless data service in more than 205 countries, including more than 125 with 3G speeds
Supports Quad Band EDGE and HSPA
Support for up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
OLED display with interactive keypad
Backward-compatible with the Verizon Wireless 3G network
Data usage alerts via text message displayed on the Jetpack
Wi-Fi Connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n
Supports Windows®, Macintosh®, Linux, and most other Wi-Fi enabled devices
Security: WEP/WPA/WPA2 and VPN pass-through support
Dimensions: 3.49” x 3.49” x .70”
Weight: 4.7 oz
The Verizon Jetpack, developed by ZTE, will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com in the coming weeks.

For additional information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

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