Sprint announced today its first mobile cellular router that can be used both within the U.S. and internationally, the International Mobile Hotspot by ZTE.
This is similar to the Sprint Mifi 4082, with one big exception: it doesn't support 4G networks. The new International Mobile Hotspot doesn't feature Wireless-N, either, just the old 802.11g standard.
Similar to other mobile hot-spot solutions, the new router can support up to five Wi-Fi clients at a time, comes in a very compact design, and offers about 4 hours of battery life. It comes with a preinstalled, unlocked SIM card that is both W-CDMA and GSM capable. It can also be tethered to a laptop to work as a modem or an SD card reader.
The new International Mobile Hotspot is available now at $50 (after a $50 rebate with a two-year contract). It comes with a single data plan that costs $60 per month with a 5GB cap. Additional international rates vary, depending on the location.