Product Launch by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday October 17, 2012.
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Cricket has announced a new Huawei Boltz 4G LTE modem for use on the company's LTE networks in Las Vegas and Tucson. The new Boltz, which is not to be confused with the modem of the same name released in December 2011, is a lightweight USB modem that delivers speeds 3 to 15 times faster than Cricket's 3G network. It also includes an aGPS sensor and alternative 3G CDMA 1x and EVDO connectivity options for when LTE is not available.
The Huawei Boltz includes a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB of additional storage. The device dimensions are 101.6mm (4in) x 55.58mm (2.2in) x 15.24mm (0.6in), and it weighs 110.56g (3.9oz). It connects to LTE using Qualcomm's MDM9600 processor, and is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows XP SP2/SP3,
- Window Vista SP1/SP2 (32 & 64 Bit)
- Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)
- Mac OS 10.5 to 10.6 with updates (32 & 64 bit)
- Mac OS 10.7 (32 & 64)
The Huawei Boltz modem is available now for $149.99, but Cricket is offering an instant discount online that lowers the price to $99. The modem can be paired with a Cricket mobile data plan that costs from $35 to $80. LTE availability is limited to Las Vegas and Tucson at the moment. Other cities may be added when Cricket's parent company Leap expands its LTE coverage in 2013.source: Cricket
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.