You may not remember this now, but 5G hotspots have been a thing ever since 5G phones became a thing. The main reason why you might have a hard time remembering this is that mobile hotspots aren’t exactly the “sexiest” consumer devices in the world and rarely get much attention from us apart from an occasional short announcement post.
While we are apparently dealing with today a product announcement
Also, the T-Mobile 5G Hotspot seems special for at least two different reasons. The first is that straightforward but fairly weighty name, strongly suggesting that Magenta plans to push this villain into its stores much more aggressively than the third party Inseego 5G MiFi M2000
normally sold by the “Un-carrier” in exchange for a whopping $336.
Which brings us to the second and perhaps bigger reason why the T-Mobile 5G Hotspot deserves our undivided attention today. Despite having a larger 6,460mAh battery than the aforementioned Inseego model and being able to connect users to a total of 32 devices simultaneously, the new product is priced at an ultra-affordable $198.
Even better, both new and existing T-Mobile customers (including business account owners) can get the Magenta-branded 5G hotspot for free from day one of availability (coming Thursday, June 16) without having to jump through too many hoops.
All you have to do is add a line of “eligible” 50 or 100 GB mobile internet (MI) service… or settle for a cheap new line on an “eligible” 5 GB MI subscription and pay $99 instead of the aforementioned $198 retail price. The quoted full price can of course also be split into 24 monthly installments of just $8.25 each after a deposit of…$0.
In short, T-Mo is committed to helping you spend as little as possible to access: the largest in the country, fastest, and (allegedly) most reliable 5G network, which is clearly not what we can say about Verizon. The number one US wireless service provider by subscribers sells the Inseego MiFi M2100 5G UW
for no less than $400 at the time of writing, and as far as we can tell there is no easy way to lower that price for new or existing customers.