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Telebria is offering a portable hotspot: Users connect to the hotspot via Wi-Fi and the access point uses 3G or GPRS for backhaul. The access point can also detect if it is in range of a Telebria mesh network and if so, it can use that network for backhaul.
Telebria calls this the “first” portable hotspot but it’s not. In March, O2 said it would start selling a device from Novatel that uses 3G for backhaul and Wi-Fi for access. And last year a company called Junxion began selling a similar device.
The Telebria access point supports data cards from Vodafone, O2, T-Mobile, and Orange. The press release should eventually appear here.
Posted by nancyg at April 19, 2005 5:38 PM
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In addition to Junxion, Novatel's, and now Telebria's portable hotspots, sociableDESIGN also provides this service (portable hotspots that user cellular backhaul) in the US. Yahoo! Shopping worked with sociableDESIGN to use these devices in Fall 2003 to create free wireless Christmas Trees in NYC and Chicago.
Posted by: Dana Spiegel at April 20, 2005 9:34 AM