Verizon has launched the world’s first dual mode portable hotspot called the Fivespot. The Fivespot gives up to 5 devices a WiFi connection to use. Instead of using a SIM card, the Fivespot lets you connect to WiFi by turning your wireless signal into WiFi for devices such as the Kindle, Android (2.2), iPad, iPhone, etc.
The Fivespot was made by Chinese company ZTE and supports CDMA 1x, EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. 0 on the 800 and 1900 MHz bands. On the 850/1900/2100 MHz bands, the device supports WCDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA. It also does quadband EDGE/GPRS.
The device costs $200 to buy it and it requires a $200 contract. When buying the device, you also get a debit card loaded with $100.
Below are the rates as put together by IntoMobile:
– $39.99 monthly access for 250 MB monthly allowance and $0.10/MB overage
– $59.99 monthly access for 5 GB monthly allowance and $0.05/MB overage
– Prepaid Mobile Broadband plans are also available: $15 for 100 MB (one day of use), $30 for 300 MB (one week of use), $50 for 1 GB (30 days of use), $80 for 5 GB (30 days of use)
– $129.99 monthly access (5 GB allowance for the United States and Canada, $0.05/MB overage), 100 MB allowance in select countries ($0.005/KB after allowance)
– $219.99 monthly access (5 GB allowance for the United States and Canada, $0.05/MB overage), 200 MB allowance in select countries ($0.005/KB after allowance)
– GlobalAccess Pay Per Use for occasional use must be purchased with a $59.99 Mobile Broadband service plan in the United States. The Pay Per Use rate is $0.002/KB in Canada, $0.005/KB in Mexico, and $0.02/KB in more than 200 other destinations.