updated 04:00 pm EST, Tue February 28, 2012
Three models going to various carriers
After checking out all of the highly anticipated gear at Mobile World Congress, we headed over to Sierra Wireless to take a look at the company's new AirCard mobile hotspots. The new series includes the 760S, 762S, and 763S, each geared for different network technology around the globe.
The new lineup builds upon the company's 754S hotspot, adding an improved interface and expanding compatibility for even more wireless standards. The interface seemed to be simple and easy to use, without overcomplicating the menus, and we like the white-on-black LCD.
The 760-series hotspots are not the smallest on the market, but the company suggests battery life has been improved over the 754S and other models. Some of the smaller hotspots that have been used for 3G networks already suffered from terrible battery life, and moving to 4G technology draws even more power, making us eager to embrace a bulkier device if it doesn't drain the battery in just a couple of hours.
The second-generation hotspot supports up to 10 simultaneous connections, while an optional AirCard Hub enables 20 devices to be connected via Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
The 760S is headed for carriers in the Asia-Pacific region, while the 762S is geared for European carriers and the 763S represents the North American model. Each of the AirCards enables users to connect to local LTE networks.