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Sprint to offer MiFi for BlacKberry and WiFi enabled devices

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Image courtesy of Will Park from IntoMobile.

Sprint has announced it plans to launch the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 intelligent mobile hotspot device for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year service agreement (excluding taxes).

MiFi allows users to connect to the Internet by bridging WiFi enabled BlackBerrry devices to Sprint’s 3G network – the EVDO Rev A Sprint Mobile Broadband Network. MiFi creates a personal cloud of high-speed Internet connectivity that can be shared among up to five users and a variety of WiFi-enabled devices through its connection to the network. Sprint is calling the service Sprint Mobile Hotspot, and it will be the first in the U.S. to support MiFi’s GPS capabilities, allowing users to take advantage of select location and mapping applications.

Stay tuned because Sprint’s MiFi service will launch the first week of June.

Pricing

Business and consumer customers may choose from the following service plans for the MiFi 2200: $59.99 per month mobile broadband only plan (excluding taxes and surcharges).

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$149.99 per month Simply Everything Plan + Mobile Broadband (phone plus device connectivity — excluding taxes and surcharges).

Both plans include up to 5 GB per month and 5 cents per megabyte overage for the MiFi 2200. The plan includes unlimited text, picture and video messaging, GPS navigation, email and Web surfing on their phone, plus 5 GB of 3G Internet access on your BlackBerru – for $149.99 per month, a savings of $599 per year vs. comparable Verizon plans. For that same price, customers can use the MiFi 2200 and connect to more devices at once.

CDMA WorldWide: 450 million served

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Want Rev. A with that?The CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced new numbers on worldwide CDMA growth. Pushed by strong Q1 growth, CDMA subscribers worldwide have now reached 451 million, a 17% increase. While Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific regions saw their biggest growth in CDMA2000, CDMA2000 1xEV-DO was king in the Americas (shout out to our boys at Telus!). 1xEV-DO now accounts for approximately 22% of worldwide CDMA subscribers.

These numbers sound gaudy, but remember that GSM has GDMA beat by, oh, 2 billion subscribers. That’s a lot of catching up to do.

Click here for more worldwide CDMA metrics

Widespread Canadian EVDO Rev. A confirmed

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LumberjackAs noted earlier, there were rumblings of EVDO Rev. A sweeping the Great White North, and now Telus has confirmed that Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec have all been covered, supposedly blanketing 60% of Canadians in high-speed service. In terms of BlackBerry users, anyone hooked up with the BlackBerry 8830 released by Telus late last month should keep an eye out on an upcoming software update to get their Rev. A groove on. For a full coverage list, take a look at Telus’ site.

Nortel to kit out T-Mobile network for $150 mil

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NortelContinuing a strong relationship with the carrier, Nortel has signed on to extend its service of T-Mobile’s GSM network. This is not too long after getting a $135 million deal with Cricket Communications for CDMA2000 and EVDO Rev. A upgrades. Nortel’s doing a good job of offering a wide range of technology, but maybe spreading its efforts too thin, considering its stock has seen better days. Nortel’s kind of a big deal here in Ottawa, and Wireless Week is right to point out their drooping performance on the NYSE. I know a few folks in town who bought their stock and have been sorely disappointed.

EVDO rev. A coming to Telus with ninjalike covertness

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NinjaA Canadian carrier being quiet about new services? I’m SHOCKED. According a tipster at BGR, Telus should have their EVDO network upgraded by Monday or Tuesday. While Telus might not be getting their mitts on Bell, they’re still a major player in the Canadian wireless game. If there are any Telus users in the house who can confirm the transition, feel free to shoot us an e-mail at info at blackberrycool.

Verizon pulls no punches over the weekend

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VerizonMan, I thought Friday was slow for BlackBerry news. Though the iPhone’s come rumbling in at the 700,000 mark by the end of the weekend, Verizon’s made sure to have something to brag about, too. Not only have they completed transitioning their EVDO network to rev. A, they’ve also busted out some tantalizing unlimited plans (although we all know what “unlimited” means). With a network like that, we can see why Apple went to Verizon first – it’s hard to imagine getting better use out of an unlimited text, picture, video and instant messaging plan at 3 Mbit/s than on an iPhone, an experience which Europeans may be enjoying sooner than later. In any case, those brave souls who weathered the storm and stuck with Verizon will have some good service to chew on for awhile.