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March 11, 2005

O2 Germany Promotes 3G Sharing Via Wi-Fi

By Nancy Gohring

O2 Germany plans to start selling a device from Novatel Wireless called Ovation: The console allows 3G data users to share their connection with others via Wi-Fi. Essentially, it’s a Wi-Fi access point that uses 3G for backhaul.

Glenn Fleishman wrote a story last year about Junxion, a company in the U.S. that is selling a similar device. In the U.S. such devices are not welcomed by cellular operators and in fact some wireless operators say using them is against their user agreements. They would prefer that each person using their connection pay their own subscription for the access.

There is no mention in the O2 press release of requiring customers to subscribe to a special plan in order to use the device.

These devices, if the right size, can be especially useful to workers that may travel together. For instance, just one worker can subscribe to 3G service and the others can all share that connection via the console and Wi-Fi enabled laptops.

Posted by nancyg at March 11, 2005 5:41 PM

Categories: Cellular Convergence

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