WiFi Hotspots were something of a marketed necessity quite a few years ago, and while carriers may not be pushing them as hard as they were back then, WiFi Hotspots are still very much available, and AT&T has just announced details on their next-to-launch mobile hotspot device, called the Unite Explore, which is set to hit AT&T shelves and online shelves on April 1st. Just in case you needed a little reminder, that’s this coming Friday which means AT&T subscribers will be able to get their hands on the tiny pocketable device in little more than just a few days.
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The Unite Explore will come in at a launch price of $49.99, but before every AT&T customer rushes out to get one at the end of this week, it’s worth noting that $49.99 is simply the two-year contract pricing that’s been made available. If you aren’t OK with signing another two-year contract with the carrier just to have a mobile hotspot, AT&T hasn’t mentioned any details regarding whether or not there will be a full retail cost associated with the product like there are with smartphones and tablets, so it’s possible that you may only be able to purchase it with the two-year agreement attached, which of course means you’ll need a package plan to go with the device so you can share data with your other mobile products.
What’s sure to capture the attention of consumers on the carrier though beyond the pricing, is the nature of the Unite Explore’s design makeup. It’s built to be rugged and designed to be tested against the happenings of everyday life, meaning you won’t have to worry about it getting damaged as much. It’s got an IP65 rating which makes it dustproof as well as shock and water resistant, and aside from the security you get from knowing it can withstand a few drops and spills, the Unite Explore also offers a battery life of up to 22 hours on just one charge, and AT&T has designed to support up to 15 simultaneous connections so if multiple people need to connect at the same time they can, which makes it perfect for families or peole who want to share WiFi with friends. There’s also a guest WiFi option in which a timer can be set up so customers can allow others to connect to the device but only for a limited amount of time decided by the owner.