So you've been longing to get in on the MiFi goodness, but you don't want the models available from Sprint or Verizon for whatever reason. A new option has sprung up for you today, as AT&T has announced that it, too, will begin offering the Novatel MiFi 2372 on November 21st (that's this Sunday) for $49.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Customers will be able to choose one of AT&T's standard DataConnect plans for use with the MiFi, meaning you can get 200MB for $35 per month or 5GB for $60 per month, all at speeds of up to 7.2Mbps down. Besides the usual abilities you'd find in a MiFi, AT&T's model will also pack a microSD slot that can be shared between the connected devices as well as "quick, browser-based access to widgets" like data usage, weather, etc. You can check out the full press release down below.
I'm kind of surprised that it's taken AT&T this long to offer a MiFi considering how popular the devices have been. Still, they have had USB sticks for a while, so it's not like customers have been completely out in the cold when it comes to mobile broadband. AT&T's pricing for the MiFi's data plans aren't amazing, especially when you consider that customers with Verizon's MiFi can get 5GB of data for $10 per month less, but if you've got a bunch of WiFi-capable devices that need data and want to be on AT&T, now you've got a solution.AT&T Announces Company's First MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot
Access the Internet Across the Country with the New MiFi® 2372 Powered by MiFi Operating System with Widgets and Applications Support Available at AT&T Stores Nationwide
DALLAS, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ --
AT&T* today announced the upcoming availability of the AT&T Mobile Hotspot, MiFi® 2372 from Novatel Wireless, powered by the nation's fastest mobile broadband network.
AT&T is the first carrier in the Americas to launch the MiFi 2372 Mobile Hotspot from Novatel Wireless preloaded with MiFi OS™, widgets and applications support.
The AT&T Mobile Hotspot offers simultaneous Wi-Fi connectivity for up to five devices, including PCs, cameras, digital media players, tablets and gaming devices, and runs on AT&T's HSPA 7.2 network, which supports even faster mobile broadband speeds.
Beginning November 21, the AT&T Mobile Hotspot will be available at AT&T company-owned stores nationwide or online for $49.99 after $100 mail-in rebate (pay $149.99 and after mail-in rebate receive $100 AT&T Promotion Card.).
The compact AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2372 from Novatel Wireless arms AT&T customers with their own Wi-Fi hotspot. The AT&T Mobile Hotspot connects virtually any Wi-Fi-enabled device to the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, such as PCs, cameras, digital media players, tablets and gaming devices and supports up to five simultaneous connections for devices located within 30 feet of the device.
The offer adds to the ways AT&T is delivering the convenience of Wi-Fi, which is seeing rapid customer adoption, as part of its broader focus on helping customers mobilize everything. Over the past year, AT&T Wi-Fi use has been increasing significantly each quarter, with third-quarter 2010 connections up more than 320 percent versus third-quarter 2009. AT&T's Wi-Fi network is the nation's largest, with more than 23,000 public hotspots. Globally, AT&T offers access to more than 125,000 hotspots through roaming agreements.
AT&T's Mobile Hotspot MiFi 2372 enables enhanced performance for simultaneous uploads/downloads and large file transfers while on-the-go. A built-in microSDHC™ slot provides expandable storage capacity of up to 32GB (microSDHC card not included with the device). The mobile hotspot is also GPS-capable for location-based services.
Novatel Wireless MiFi OS introduces additional functionality and application support including quick browser-based access to widgets such as data usage and SMS as well as GPS enabled widgets including GeoSearch and GeoWeather.