Sprint Overdrive Mobile WiMax Hub Lets Five People Share One Fat Connection

Illustration for article titled Sprint Overdrive Mobile WiMax Hub Lets Five People Share One Fat Connection

Sprint's Overdrive hub is a lot more than a cellular modem: It's got dual 4G/3G connectivity, shared connections with up to five devices over Wi-Fi, and can serve as a sort of mini NAS, with shared microSD storage.

Early leaks of the device were mostly right, but given that the Wi-Fi range is even further than expected—150ft, Sprint and Sierra claim—actually undersold it a bit. (WiMax is fast enough, and that Wi-Fi range is long enough, that you could conceivably use one of these as your primary source of internet at home. Nuts, basically.) A 1.4-inch LCD screen lets you know who's connected to what and how, and gives you a precise battery reading—fixing one of the dumbest problems with Verizon's Mifi. Actually, all around this device feels like the MiFi on steroids—it's even a bit bigger, at about 3 x 3 x .6 inches, though that's still pretty compact for what you're getting here.

Advertisement

The Overdrive goes on sale January 10th for $100.

With a two-year service agreement, ha! Thought you were getting out of that one, didn't you! Never. [Sprint]

UPDATE: For scale:

Illustration for article titled Sprint Overdrive Mobile WiMax Hub Lets Five People Share One Fat Connection
Advertisement

Share This Story

Get our `newsletter`

DISCUSSION

I'm going to take a challenge:

My ATT contract with my iphone comes up pretty soon, and I can terminate my cable and home internet anytime I want. I want to use the Overdrive for everything...

TV/Cable: Boxee through Overdrive's internet

Home/Mobile internet: Obvious.

Cell Phone: carry the Overdrive around with me, then use Google Voice/ Skype via iphone's wifi with the Overdrive.

One contract for everything! Muhahaha....