Clear iSpot — 4G Hotspot for iOS

Clear iSpot

Clear is looking to capitalize on the popularity of the iPad by offering a mobile hotspot device for Apple products. The aptly named iSpot is roughly the size of an Apple mouse and shares connections on the Clear 4G (WiMAX) network with up to five devices using Wi-Fi. The iSpot is restricted to iOS devices, so only iPhones, iPods and iPads can share the 4G connection.

The restriction to iOS devices is due to the low monthly rate of $25 for unlimited 4G connectivity. The Clear 4G network is currently available in major cities in the U.S. There’s no 3G capability integrated in the iSpot, so if you find yourself outside a 4G coverage area, your iSpot will become an iBrick. The iSpot has a quoted battery life of four hours on a single charge. Clear has priced the iSpot at $99.99, but is selling it for $29 today only.

Clear also has a version of the iSpot, dubbed the Spot, that will share a 4G connection with any eight devices (not just iOS). The unlimited 4G data plan is about $40 monthly, with the exact price based on the customer’s location.

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