EE launches 4G mobile Wi-Fi device

Mi-Fi device creates a mobile 'hotspot' to share 4G between laptops, tablets and even non-4G smartphones.

EE has launched a mobile Wi-Fi device for sharing 4G mobile broadband.

The Huawei E5776 is the first device of its kind in the UK and creates a mobile Wi-Fi or 'Mi-Fi' hotspot that allows more than one smartphone, tablet or laptop to share a 4G connection.

It's designed for EE customers who want to use their 4G mobile broadband on a computer or device that isn't directly 4G compatible.

Mobile Wi-Fi converts the 4G signal to a standard wireless broadband connection, like that which most people use at home.

Paul Jevons, director of products and devices at EE, said the company was "pleased" to be launching its first 'next generation' 4G device. At the moment, EE is the UK's only major mobile provider to offer a 4G service.

Rival networks including O2 and Vodafone are expected to follow this summer.

However, EE, which aims to have reached 55% of the population with its 4GEE by the end of June, is planning to double the speeds available on its network around the same time.

Current speeds are roughly five times faster than 3G mobile internet, still used by the vast majority of Brits to access the internet on smartphones.

The Huawei E5776 mobile Wi-Fi device will be available free of charge across EE's existing range of 4G mobile broadband plans, which start at £12.99 a month for 1GB of data.

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