Sprint held a very over the top event tonight to announce ... well, kinda not much.
The Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G hotspot will sell for $99.99 with a two-year contract. The device serves as a 3G/4G mobile hotspot (WiFi modem) and integrates GPS and a microSD card slot. The device is manufactured by Sierra Wireless and everyone from to comedian Frank Caliendo to Dan Hesse (Sprint CEO) to the head of Best Buy to that Ballmer guy from Microsoft got up on stage to trump it up.
But, honestly, how many markets is Sprint's 4G available in? And why does the rest of the US market care?
I love you, Sprint, I really do. I admire your pluck and your ultra-solid network performance and your willingness to take risks in the consumer product space ("Upstage," anyone?) ... but without a nationwide 4G rollout this was kind of a yawnfest punctuated by old white guys with not much to say.
But hey, I hear Mario Batali made snacks for everyone ...