Netgear launches Aircard mobile hotspot device for O2 4G network

Netgear has teamed up with O2 to launch the Netgear AirCard 762S mobile hotspot device which will enable small businesses to connect up to 10 devices to O2's 4G network through one subscription.

The launch of the new Netgear AirCard is part of O2's Pop Up Office solution and is the first dedicated mobile hotspot device available for business customers on the O2 4G network.

The solution allows those with a variety of devices, whether it be laptops, tablets or smartphones, to hook them all up to a 4G connection when they're out of the office.

"It makes up a crucial part of our 'Pop Up Office' proposition, as we believe that giving small businesses the opportunity to be connected at all times, particularly in non-fixed locations, will revolutionise the way some small businesses are able to work, said O2's Paul Lawton.

"They are no longer bound to the office, and can essentially pop up their business and be connected wherever they need to be."

O2 switched on its 4G network in London, Leeds and Bradford on August 29th, and has a rollout plan to have 4G available in a total of 13 cities by the end of the year.

The Netgear Aircard can support download speeds up to 100Mbp and upload speeds up to 50Mbps, and the company says it also enables a noticeably smoother experience with data-heavy applications such as cloud computing and HD video streaming.

Netgear VP Michael Clegg said: "We're confident that it will make it faster and easier for mobile workers to connect and share the O2 4G connections, accelerating their productivity while minimising the support needed from their IT managers for compatibility testing, installation and management."

The Aircard can be set up in under a minute as there's no software to install, and additional devices can be securely added with the push of a button. A free Netgear AirCard app for iOS and Android enables simple remote management.

The Netgear AirCard 762S Mobile Hotspot is available now through O2. Data plans start at £14.17 a month with a 24-month contract, with the device coming free.

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