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AT&T adding MiFi mobile hotspot

AT&T has announced it will be offering a MiFi hotspot to its line up of mobile devices, starting November 21 with the AT&T Mobile Hotspot. The device is a MiFi 2372 from Novatel Wireless, and will enable up to five WiFi-capable devices (like portable games, tablets, cameras, and PCs) to share an AT&T mobile broadband connection. The MiFi will support AT&T’s HSPA service (which the company now claims offers up to 7.2 Mbps in about 80 percent of its service area). The MiFi also runs the MiFi OS, complete with its own collection of widgets and application support to make tapping into the mobile Internet easier.

“No matter if your holiday travels take you to sandy beaches or snowy slopes, the MiFi 2372 mobile hotspot will help you connect to the devices and content that matter most,” said AT&T Mobility VP Michael Woodward, in a statement.

The MiFi 2372 features a microSDHC slot for removable storage, and is also GPS-capable for tapping into location-based services. The MiFi OS also provides browser-based widgets that enable users to monitor data and SMS usage, as well as tap into GPS-enabled weather and search functions.

The AT&T Mobile Hotspot will go on sale at AT&T company-owned stores and online on November 21 for $49.99, after a $100 mail-in rebate. Of course, users will need an AT&T mobile data plan to utilize the device.