Pricing & Availability Beginning on Jan. 10, customers will be able to purchase Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot exclusively from Sprint for $99.99 (excluding taxes) after a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year service agreement. Customers in Sprint 4G service areas can purchase the device and sign up for 3G/4G plans at select Sprint retail stores, business sales, Web (www.sprint.com), Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1), and select Best Buy stores. Also beginning Jan. 10, Sprint will offer simplified 3G/4G data plans for consumers and businesses at $59.99 monthly (price plans exclude surcharges and taxes).3
News Highlights • Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless allows you to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously—including laptops, gaming devices, cameras and even smartphones from other carriers—through a single connection (via Wi-Fi)
• Up to 10 times faster than today’s 3G speeds from any national wireless carrier.1 • No need to wait for 4G devices to enjoy the benefits of 4G: Overdrive creates a connection between the Sprint 4G network and virtually all of the hundreds of millions of Wi-Fi-enabled electronics devices owned by or available to customers today.
What does it mean for you?
In the home: Through a single connection, you can bypass your cable provider and stream HD movies from content distribution providers (such as Netflix, Amazon and Blockbuster) right to your TV; connect your Xbox 360 and game real-time with someone located across the globe; move pictures wirelessly from your camera to a digital picture frame and surf the Web on your laptop while streaming Pandora.
In the dorm: Connect virtually anywhere on a campus with 4G coverage at 4G speeds: Turn your iPod Touch with Skype into a voice phone and make a call, or stream a live movie from Hulu or Netflix to your laptop.
On-the-go: Whether you’re on a long trip or running a busy day of errands, use Overdrive to keep passengers entertained in the car. Stream your favorite TV show from Hulu to your Netbook; use a PSP gaming device to access multiple games and content; download music to your Zune HD; and turn your 3G iPhone into a 4G device. It’s all very simple with Overdrive.
Mobile office: Join a video conference, download large files, conduct a virtual home tour and stay in constant contact with your office via unified communications.
Quotes: Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO “This device delivers the connected lifestyle to our customers in overdrive”
“The fact that it connects up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices is especially meaningful because at 4G speeds, customers can download and upload more data¬—gigabytes, not megabytes—in a matter of seconds. The Overdrive on the 4G network is made for the multitude of bandwidth-hungry applications customers want to access wirelessly, like video streaming.”
“4G beats 3G for speed and for value.”
Brian Dunn, Best Buy CEO "At Best Buy, we see an amazing amount of new devices and products from mobile phones to televisions to gaming consoles that are designed to connect and interact with each other. This kind of connectivity is very exciting, but it can also be complicated to maximize unless you actually see it and understand it.”
“In combination with Best Buy’s skilled and passionate associates, the Sprint Overdrive will allow us to showcase our in-store experience by demonstrating how various Wi-Fi- enabled products work and connect together, whether in the home, on-the-go or both."
Jason Cohenour, CEO of Sierra Wireless
“Sierra Wireless places a high priority on making our products simple to use, and we have put considerable time and effort into ensuring that Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot delivers the easiest user experience of any mobile hotspot on the market.”
“Its simplicity, combined with its compact portability, and security, makes Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot ideal for both personal and business use in a variety of situations.”
Sprint continues to blaze trails with 4G Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology. (View 4G coverage at www.sprint.com/4G)
Sprint made history by launching 4G in Baltimore in September 2008. Sprint currently offers 4G service in 27 markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Portland, Ore., San Antonio and Seattle. Sprint 4G is also offered in Abilene, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Austin, Texas; Bellingham, Wash.; Boise, Idaho; Charlotte, N.C.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Greensboro, N.C. (along with High Point and Winston-Salem); Honolulu; Killeen/Temple, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Maui, Hawaii; Midland/Odessa, Texas; Milledgeville, Ga.; Raleigh, N.C. (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Salem, Ore.; Waco, Texas and Wichita Falls, Texas.
Coming 2010 Sprint expects to launch service in multiple markets, including Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.