Alltel added the ZTE AC30 Mobile Hotspot to its portfolio, allowing users to get their Internet fix wherever Alltel network has a signal (or through roaming). Similarly to Novatel’s MiFi product, ZTE’s baby also supports up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices — including tablets, netbooks and gaming devices — offering them Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g connectivity while on the go. Moreover, the AC30 also uses “encrypted connection for secure connectivity.” As for the size, it measures 3.88×2.13x.055 inches.
When I look at Alltel’s website I couldn’t find the hotspot device (we’ve got ZTE’s press release), and I presume they’ll add it during the next couple of days or so. Price wise, I would expect Alltel to offer ZTE’s device for $50 or less to anyone willing to commit on a two year contract.
Commenting on the news, ZTE’s Lixin Cheng: “ZTE sees a great opportunity in the U.S. market to bring consumers the types of well-made, affordable mobile devices we offer in other regions. With the introduction of the Alltel AC30 by ZTE, we are continuing to build our reputation for delivering accessible devices to the U.S. We’re pleased to partner with Alltel on this new solution that will help their customers stay connected to their essential devices on the road or at home.”