Sprint and Sierra Wireless have announced that May 18th is the date when the first device in the US will merge 4G connections over LTE and WiMAX networks, thanks to the Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Tri-Fi Hotspot for the Sprint network. The Sierra Wireless Tri-Fi Hotspot is said to offer the optimal combination of speed and coverage to Sprint customers, letting families, small businesses and traveling co-workers to share high-speed connections in a jiffy. Just how much will subscribers need to fork out for this device? We are looking at a $99.99 price tag prior to taxes for the Sierra Wireless Tri-Fi Hotspot, and this is also after a $50 mail-in-rebate and agreeing to a two-year service contract.

You will be able to pick up the device itself and sign up for 3G/4G plans at select Sprint retail stores, or opt for the online route if you prefer to avoid human contact, or call 1-800-SPRINT over the phone. There are also Sprint data plans for this particular device that start from $34.99 onwards for 3GB to deliver a combination of 3G/4G data, while doubling that amount would cost $10 more, and $79.99 will net you 12GB of 3G/4G data. [Press Release]

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