Sprint Sierra Overdrive 3G/4G Hotspot Hands-On Review

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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Sprint Sierra Overdrive 3G/4G W801 Hotspot Hands-On Review

 Sprint Overdrive by Sierra Wireless

The 3G/4G Overdrive by Sierra Wireless has been a hot product - and a hot topic - since its debut on Sprint's network earlier this year. Like the uber-popular Novatel MiFi, which was the first 3G portable hotspot, the Overdrive combines the premise of an aircard and mobile broadband router in one convenient unit, allowing users to share their mobile broadband connection with multiple computers or other WiFi-enabled devices (hand-held gaming devices, iPhones, iPod Touch, etc etc). With its embedded 3G and 4G capabilities, Overdrive users can connect to both Sprint's nationwide EVDO Rev-A 3G network as well as the new 4G WiMAX network. Sprint's 4G network is only available in about 30 cities right now (although it is launching in new cities every quarter), but since the monthly cost for Sprint's 3G/4G service is the same as their 3G-only plan ($59.99/month), a 3G/4G device like the Overdrive can be a great option even for users who aren't currently in a Sprint 4G area.

In addition to the obvious benefit of being a dual-mode device, the Overdrive is packed with features and functions that make it a groundbreaking device: up to five users can connect via WiFi from up to 150 feet away (plus one additional computer can be directly connected via USB), there's a unique LED screen on the front of the unit that displays helpful status information and notices, a microSD slot allows you to use the unit as shared storage drive, its built-in battery provides up to 3 hours of usage time and recharges quickly, and the web admin is incredibly thorough and user-configurable.

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