AT&T Unite Touchscreen Mobile Hotspot Review
The touchscreen revolution has officially moved over to portable hotspots. Novatel Wireless’ AT&T MiFi Liberate won an Editors’ Choice award for its charming mix of endurance, features, and finger-friendly usability just over a month ago, and now, AT&T has announced yet another touchscreen hotspot is coming to its network: Sierra Wireless’ AT&T Unite.
Like the MiFi Liberate, the new AT&T Unite packs 4G LTE support and the ability to provide a Wi-Fi connection for up to ten devices simultaneously. The 2.4-inch touchscreen display lets you monitor usage and manage connections with the swipe of a finger, including the ability to create a “Guest” hotspot.
The pearly white design may appeal to some people put off by the MiFi Liberate’s graphite chassis, but the AT&T Unite is going to need to bring a lot to the table to dethrone the current king. The Liberate mixes a whopping 8 hour charge with handy-dandy features such as DLNA streaming from a micro-SD card, GPS mapping, and email support.
Pricing for the AT&T Unite Touchscreen Mobile Hotspot
Pricing for the AT&T Unite has yet to be announced, and representatives declined requests for more information. You’re able to add mobile hotspots to an AT&T Mobile Share plan for $20 per month, however. I wouldn’t be surprised if more details about the AT&T Unite emerge during CES, given the announcement’s timing.
Release Date for the AT&T Unite Touchscreen Mobile Hotspot
AT&T scored exclusive rights to Sierra Wireless’ latest touchscreen LTE hotspot, the AT&T Unite. Packing a 2.4-inch display, the unit will keep you informed of your usage allowance, let you decide what devices are allowed access and adjust network settings without any additional work. It’s able to handle up to 10 simultaneous connections and, naturally, can be added to existing Mobile Share plans for $20 extra per month. When asked if it wanted to reveal details of pricing and availability, AT&T suddenly went all shy and hid under the table — so you’ll have to wait and see.