Comcast unveils mobile hotspot device
Comcast Corp. announced the launch of its personal 4G/3G Mobile Hotspot, a pocket-sized Wi-Fi device that allows users to simultaneously connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the Internet while on-the-go.
“This new product gives customers the flexibility to instantly create their own secure hotspot everywhere they go,” Tom Nagel, a Comcast senior vice president and the company's general manager of wireless services, said in a statement. “Consumers want mobile Internet access for Wi-Fi-enabled devices like iPads, laptops, and smartphones, and with this offering they can share their connection with family, friends or colleagues and can even watch TV and movies on-the-go.”
To make use of the new Mobile Hotspot device, consumers need to be subscribers of Comcast's Xfinity Internet 2go service. In many cases, that service adds about $49 a month on top of a consumer's monthly Comcast Internet bill. Such customers can then get the Mobile Hotspot device for a $25 one-time fee, Comcast said.
Customers who decide to sign up for these options are essentially turned into secure walking hotspots anywhere in the Greater Boston area, where the service has full coverage, a Comcast spokesman said. The service is also available in many of the major markets across the United States, Comcast said.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast is a large provider of entertainment, information, and communications products and services.