August 28, 2014

Virgin Mobile debuts 4G LTE mobile hotspot in Netgear Mingle

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Virgin Mobile USA this week introduced its first 4G LTE mobile hotspot, the Netgear Mingle. Priced $99, the device piggybacks off of Sprint’s network and is equipped for the carrier’s tri-band Spark LTE speeds. According to Virgin Mobile, the Mingle allows for up to 10 devices to connect at once and features an 1800mAh battery good for 12.5 hours usage. The device features a 1.77-inch LCD display and can be paired with any of the prepaid data plans. Virgin Mobile users can purchase a 250MB bucket for $5/day, 1.5GB/month for $25, and 6GB for $55.

Virgin Mobile USA and NETGEAR Introduce the NETGEAR Mingle Mobile Hotspot on Broadband2Go

Virgin Mobile’s first 4G LTE broadband device now available

Virgin Mobile USA and NETGEAR® Inc. (NASDAQGM: NTGR) (www.netgear.com) announced today the availability of the NETGEAR MingleTM mobile hotspot, Virgin Mobile’s first 4G LTE broadband device on its Broadband2Go portfolio. Priced at $99.99, NETGEAR Mingle is the industry’s first Sprint SparkTM-enabled tri-band device designed for no-contract[1] customers in the United States.

There are an increasing number of people who want Wi-Fi-only devices so they can stay connected while on the go, and the ultra-portable NETGEAR Mingle mobile hotspot is the ideal solution for customers who want to access multiple devices and connect seamlessly. Mingle accommodates up to 10 wireless devices simultaneously, including notebooks, tablets, digital cameras, smartphones and MP3 players. Additional features include dual-mode 3G/4G LTE (where available), a powerful 1,800mAh battery that lasts up to 12.5 hours of active time[2], secure access with password protection, and a 1.77-inch LCD display screen. With Mingle, customers can buy less expensive Wi-Fi-only tablets and other devices and have always-on Internet connectivity when needed off a single account.

“With long-range outdoor/indoor Wi-Fi and fast 4G LTE speeds, customers are able to surf and download quickly on Mingle when they’re out and about,” said Angela Rittgers, vice president-Marketing, Virgin Mobile USA. “The lightweight and sleek design, along with flexible daily and monthly payment options, makes this the perfect mobile solution to fuel customers’ on-the-go lifestyles.”

Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go offers no-contract mobile broadband plans with diversified price points and data allotments to satisfy consumers’ varying usage needs, with no commitment and starting at just $5 a day for 250MB. For those who need a little more data, Broadband2Go also offers 1.5GB monthly access for $25 or 6GB per month for $55.[i]

Accessories available for the NETGEAR Mingle mobile hotspot

  • Desktop charging cradle: Designed to enhance the capabilities of NETGEAR Mingle, the cradle conveniently charges the device and improves the signal by up to 10dB. Its integrated MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-out) antennas allow users to experience significant improvement in speeds, coverage and signal both indoors and in fringe areas. For more information on the desktop charging cradle, please visit http://www.netgear.com/service-providers/products/mobile/mobile-hotspots/77xs-cradle.aspx.
  • NETGEAR AirCard app: A free app that enables the end-user to conveniently manage the NETGEAR Mingle mobile hotspot status, connection and settings from an iOS or Android™ smartphone or tablet. Available for download on Apple iTunes®, Google Play™, and Amazon Appstore.

Sprint, Virgin Mobile USA’s parent company,  continues to expand its Sprint Spark service, bringing the total number of markets available to 18: Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Philadelphia; Provo, Utah; Salt Lake City; San Antonio, Texas; Tampa, Fla; and Trenton, N.J. When not in a Sprint Spark LTE market, Mingle will automatically provide 3G high-speed service to customers. NETGEAR Mingle mobile hotspot is now available online and at participating retailers. For more information, visit http://www.virginmobileusa.com.