Touchscreen LTE-ready mobile hotspot to be offered by AT&T

Novatel's MiFi Liberate device is first mobile hotspot with touchscreen and will be sold exclusively by A&T

AT&T will exclusively offer the first touchscreen-enabled mobile hotspot, the new MiFi Liberate, for use with its emerging LTE network, the carrier announced Thursday.

Made by Novatel Wireless, the MiFi Liberate device comes with a 2.8-in. color touchscreen display. It is 3.94 in. x 2.88 in. x 0.34 in. in size and weighs 3.88 ounces. Touch commands help users connect to up to 10 Wi-Fi devices, view data usage and change network and device settings.

The device can be used on AT&T's LTE network, now in more than 70 cities, as well as its much more broadly available HSPA+ and 3G networks, a spokeswoman said.

The device also allows wireless connections in 200 different countries.

AT&T didn't release the price or when it will be available, and a spokeswoman said it will go on sale in "the coming months."

Other MiFi Liberate specs were not available.

The new MiFi Liberate
The new MiFi Liberate, a touchscreen-enabled mobile hotspot.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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