EE Kite: The £70 device that acts as your personal 4G Wi-Fi hotspot

You don’t need a 4G phone to be able to use ‘superfast’ mobile internet from EE - just pick up one of these little guys and connect your laptop, tablet and other non-4G devices to it...

EE, the UK's biggest mobile network, has today released the EE Kite, a gadget that'll act as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot allowing you to use 4G on more devices.

So, how does it work? Essentially, it connects to EE's 'superfast' 4G mobile internet and converts the signal into regular wireless broadband that's compatible with anything you'd normally be able to use on your home Wi-Fi or on public hotspots.

This means you can take advantage of 4G speeds on non-4G laptops, tablets and smartphones that usually wouldn't work with EE's faster service.

You can get the EE Kite on a range of 4G plans, paying nothing upfront on a 24-month contract from £15 a month - although you'll need to pay more for a lot of data - or for £70 on pay-as-you-go. It's on sale from today in EE shops and online.

The Kite's one of a range of ornithological-inspired Wi-Fi devices unveiled by EE this year, as it seeks to make its 4G speeds, which are faster than most people's home broadband, accessible to as much of the web-using public as possible.

Alongside the Kite, there's the Buzzard, which plugs into your car's power outlet or cigarette lighter to give you superfast Wi-Fi on wheels, and the Osprey, a chunkier, more robust version of the Kite designed for younger/clumsier users.

They're handy things to have if you want fast browsing and downloads on the go, but remember you'll need to be somewhere you can get a 4GEE signal to use them.

It's now available in 250 towns and cities, covering 73% of the population. You can also get 4G from Vodafone, O2 and Three, but they don't yet cover as much of the UK.

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