Just one week after Verizon Wireless made its announcement, Sprint said on Wednesday that it will also offer the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 mobile hot spot device starting the first week of June.
The MiFi frees you from having to search out a Wi-Fi hot spot by providing instant wireless access using Sprint's EV-DO EV-DO Revision A network. It supports up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices (laptops, MP3 players, gaming devices, etc.), and unlike the Verizon version, Sprint's model supports the MiFi's GPS capabilities so you can use it with location and mapping applications. The MiFi also includes WPA2-PSK, WEP, and SPI Firewall security features.
Sporting a brushed aluminum finish, the MiFi measures 3.5 inches wide by 2.3 inches tall by 0.3 inch thick and weighs 2 ounces, so you'll have no problem slipping this into a coat pocket or bag. The device is battery-powered, with claims of 4 hours of user time and 40 hours standby on a single charge.
The Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 will cost $99.99 with a two-year service agreement and after a $50 mail-in rebate. The price of the device is the same as Verizon's model but service plans are quite different. Sprint will offer two plans (under the Sprint Mobile Hotspot name): $59.99 per month or $149.99 per month with Sprint's Simply Everything Plan. Both come with a 5GB per month cap and 5 cents per megabyte overage fee. While Verizon offers the same $60 plan, it also has a $40 monthly subscription that gives you 250MB of data or a 24-hour Day Pass for $15.