Novatel Rolls Mobile Hotspot Hardware

San Diego-based Novatel Wireless has jumped into the mobile hotspot hardware market, saying today that it will be releasing a line of devices which create personal Wi-Fi hotspots for users. The firm's new MiFi products integrate a broadband modem and Wi-Fi router, which allows users to turn a mobile phone connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot, shareable among multiple users and devices. The pocket-sized device will ship in the first half of next year. Pricing has not been released. Novatel said that the new device will use battery power to supply up to four hours of active use on a single charge, and can also be used from moving vehicles to provide Internet access to passengers. Novatel wireless is a maker of wireless data cards and related equipment for connecting laptops, PCs, and other devices via cell phone to the Internet.