Verizon adds twin 'global-ready' jetpacks to its 4G LTE hot-spot portfolio

Verizon announces two global-ready 4G LTE mobile hot spots at CES 2012.

The Verizon Jetpack EuFi890 Mobile hot spot.
The Verizon Jetpack EuFi890 Mobile hot spot. Verizon

LAS VEGAS--I wish I had one of these while covering this show.

Verizon announced today at CES 2012 not one, but two, new 4G mobile hot spots: the Jetpack EuFi890 and the Jetpack MiFi 4620L. The carrier said both offer 4G cellular speed up to 12Mbps down and 5Mbps up, and are global-ready, which allows customers to use wireless data services in more than 205 countries (more than 125 with 3G speeds).

Other than that, the common features of the two also include:

  • Supports up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Supports virtually all Wi-Fi clients regardless of their platform.
  • Backward-compatible with the Verizon Wireless 3G network
  • Supports wireless N (and also works with Wireless-G and B clients)

The Jetpack EuFI890 was developed by ZTE, is square shaped, and measures just 3.5 inches by inches 3.5 by .7 inch. It comes equipped with an OLED screen that shows status and data usage. The device is equipped with an interactive keypad to help manage connections and settings and to display data usage alerts.

Verizon Jetpack MiFi 4620L Mobile hot spot.
Verizon Jetpack MiFi 4620L Mobile hot spot. Verizon

The Jetpack MiFi 4620L, on the other, is made by Novatel. It supports quad-band EDGE and HSPA technology and measure 3.76 inches by 2.36 inches by 0.53 inch. Verizon says it can create a personal Wi-Fi cloud, capable of sharing data within the local LAN group, in addition to the connection to the Internet. It, too, features an interactive OLED display, which allows customers to scroll through menu options, check security settings, view battery life, and manage connected devices at any given time.

Both of these jetpacks are at the show and will be available for purchase in the coming weeks with costs and data plans announced at that time.

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