Called the Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot Pro, the device will be available on Sept. 18 for $510, or $17 per month on a 30-month installment plan. The new Nighthawk will be able to access AT&T's full 5G portfolio including its nationwide low-band service as well as the faster millimeter-wave 5G network that is available in parts of 35 cities.
Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon X55 Mobile Platform, the puck-shaped device includes a touchscreen, 5,040-mAh battery and can broadcast to up to 32 different devices at once over the Wi-Fi 6 standard. Ports include USB-C and Ethernet if you want to directly connect the hotspot to a device.
Hotspot plans start at 15GB of data for $60 per month or 35GB of data $85 per month (you can save $10 per month if you sign up for automatic payments and paperless billing). There is, however, an overage fee of $10 for each additional 2GB of data if you go over your chosen allotment, making the hotspot a less compelling option as a home internet replacement.
AT&T previously offered a Netgear hotspot, but that device's 5G capabilities were limited to just the millimeter-wave 5G network (what the carrier calls "5G Plus"). AT&T also only made the hotspot available to "select" customers as opposed to offering it to everyone.
With its new 5G hotspot, AT&T joins Verizon in expanding its current 5G portfolio beyond phones and tablets. Last week, Verizon introduced its own 5G hotspot,.