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O2 launches Pocket Wi-Fi Hotspot

O2 has launched Pocket Hotspot, a new pocket-sized Wi-Fi hotspot device.

O2 said Pocket Hotspot is an ideal partner for a growing number of Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices that consumers increasingly want to be able to use on the move including tablets, games consoles and cameras, as well as conventional laptop users.

The device enables up to five gadgets to connect simultaneously, sharing mobile Internet access.

“We saw a big gap in the market for a mobile Wi-Fi package that offered lower start-up costs and competitive data,” said Gary Booker at O2.

“Customers have told us that they want access to the Web on the go, but that they don’t always want to sign up for year-long contracts or to buy lots of data from the outset. O2 Hotspot has been designed to cater for exactly those needs: lowering up-front costs and offering customers lots of options when it comes to the amount of data they buy – what they need, when they need it.”

The device will come with two Pay & Go data options: a daily top-up and 1GB or 2GB bundles, both with a 30-day term.

The Pocket Hotspot offers 802.11b/g Wi-Fi connectivity and maximum download speeds of 21.6Mbps and upload at 5.76Mbps.

“There are growing numbers of consumers wanting to be able to use the devices they get Internet access on at home while they’re on the move,” Booker said.

“Whether tablet users who want access to the Web, gamers who want to carry on playing wirelessly while they’re on the move, or business customers who are fed up with slow connections on trains or hunting down the nearest Wi-Fi point, O2 Hotspot is the ideal solution.

“Because you can connect up to five devices at once, we also think that this product will appeal to students who want a fast connection but don’t have a telephone line for home broadband or even those who want Internet access out of the range of their home router.”

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