updated 10:10 am EDT, Wed August 5, 2009
Sprint 4G Pocket Routers
Sprint this morning gave its WiMAX-based 4G service a boost by introducing two new routers to bridge the mobile Internet connection to a local network. The Cradlepoint MBR1000 takes any of Sprint's 3G or 4G ExpressCard and USB modems, including all-in-one modems, and shares the connection over 802.11g or n Wi-Fi to as many as 32 different devices. Unlike most cellular routers, it has three large antennas to boost the range as much as with most landline routers.
A smaller and simpler counterpart, the Sprint-branded PHS300S Personal Hotspot, only handles four simultaneous Wi-Fi connections over the slower 802.11g standard but is small enough to fit in a pocket. Its smaller size also limits it to USB-based modems.
Both devices are shipping now and carry prices of $160 for the Personal Hotspot and $250 for the Cradlepoint router. Either works with both Macs and Windows PCs.
PHS300S Personal Hotspot