T-Mobile launches a new 600MHz hot spot could provide broadband to rural customers


T-Mobile launches Coolpad Surf, a 600MHz mobile hot spot today. With the new mobile hot spot the company plans to bring the service to rural areas. It is the first mobile hot spot to support Band 71, or 600MHz LTE, which T-Mobile recently won the spectrum license for from the Federal Communications Commission Broadcast Incentive auction last April.

According to the reports, T-Mobile says that Band 71 is designed to provide better coverage for rural customers, which has traditionally been a weak point for the carrier.

The Coolpad Surf , has a 2,150mAh battery that can last up to 48 hours on standby and gets around five hours of use on one charge. It can be used with up to 15 devices at once. In addition to support for Band 71, it also offers support for 4G LTE Bands 2, 4, 12, and 66, and 3G Bands 1, 2, and 4. The device costs $72, and data plans start at $10 a month for 2GB of data and go up to $85 a month for 22GB of data.

T-Mobile plans to bring the hot spot to its budget brand Metro later this month, only it’ll go by the less cool name of MetroSMART Hotspot, with different pricing and data plans.

The Coolpad Surf is available now on T-Mobile’s website.