According to a leak obtained by TmoNews, U.S. carrier T-Mobile USA is gearing up to introduce a 4G mobile broadband router in 2011 that uses the carrier’s HSPA+ technology, which offers theoretical download performance up to 21 Mbps. The carrier so far only offers mobile broadband connection via smartphones–through tethering–or through a USB data modem for laptop users who want to stay connected on the road.
The leaked T-Mobile slide indicates that a first MiFi-like device will appear in the first quarter and a second device will be available the following quarter. Data rate plans should be comparable to what is being offered today for data-only devices, and it looks like T-Mobile will be offering data on a post-paid (contract) schedule or on a prepaid basis.
A MiFi, or MiFi-like device, would give users the ability to share their T-Mobile broadband connection with several other nearby devices over WiFi.