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Handling T-Mobile's 4G laptop sticks

At CTIA 2011 T-Mobile debuts a Wi-Fi hot-spot and three USB sticks for its HSPA+ CNET takes a closer look and gives you the specs.

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Orlando, Fla.--T-Mobile had more than the LG G2X and Sidekick 4G to show at CTIA 2011. And no, we're not talking about a plan as to how customers will be affected form the planned merger with AT&T.

No, T-Mobile also introduced four products for its HSPA+ network: a portable W-Fi hot-spot and three USB laptop sticks. The devices are optimized for the carrier's "4G" network--we know T-Mobile's definition of 4G is a little fuzzy--but they're compatible with the carrier's 3G and EDGE networks when you're not in a HSPA+ area.

T-Mobile accessories at CTIA

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None of the devices will be available until later this spring, but we swung by T-Mobile's booth at a CTIA press event to take a look. The 4G Mobile Hotspot supports up to five devices and promises data speeds of up to 21Mbps. It's compact and portable and even has a bit if style. Two of the laptop sticks--the T-Mobile Rocket 4G Prepaid and T-Mobile Jet 2.0 also deliver 21Mbps speeds, but the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 should have twice the zip (42Mbps). And it comes with changeable faceplates.

For more specs and a closer look, check out the photos gallery.