A lot of cool, new, and interesting devices turn up every CES. This year, one device that caught everyone’s attention is Sprint Nextel’s 3G/4G Wireless Router called the Sprint Overdrive. Yeah, it’s just your average Wi-Fi router that could share wireless broadband connection with Wi-Fi devices. But what’s great about this piece of equipment is that it connects to the Internet using Sprint’s 3G EV-DO wireless network when no 4G service is available.
The Overdrive, made by Sierra Wireless, uses Sprint’s 4G WiMax network, where it’s available, to allow customers to access the Internet and then it shares that bandwidth among Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Subscribers can connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices, such as laptops, cameras, game consoles and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
The manufacturer, Sprint, claimed that the 4G wireless network provides enough bandwidth to allow users to easily wirelessly stream high-definition video and music, play games on consoles like the Microsoft Xbox and surf the Web all at the same time.
The Overdrive will be sold at Best Buy stores in 10 markets. It goes on sale January 10 and it will cost $100 after a $50 mail-in rebate. This price requires a two-year service contract for Sprint’s 3G/4G data service. These plans start at about $60 per month.