AT&T Rolls Out ZTE Mobley Wi-Fi In-Vehicle Hot Spot

ItEUs the first plug-in vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot to hit the market -- at least the first from AT&T. The wireless giant has tag-teamed with ZTE USA to offer ZTE Mobley, which launches on September 11 in AT&T brick-and-mortar and online stores.

Packing a a powerful punch, the ZTE Mobley allows you to connect up to five devices to the Internet. You can use the hotspot data plan to surf the Web, play games and watch videos on AT&TEUs LTE network.

EUThe ZTE Mobley is our first Wi-Fi plug-in for the car,EU said Chris Penrose, senior vice president for Internet of Things at AT&T Mobility, in a statement. Penrose is pushing the new accessory to families, entertainment enthusiasts and professionals -- essentially targeting anyone who needs the ability to connect multiple Wi-Fi-capable devices on the road.

Guess What? ItEUs Affordable

HereEUs how it works: Plug the ZTE Mobley into your vehicleEUs OBD II, also known as an on-board diagnostics port. You donEUt need a brand new car to leverage the device. According to AT&T, it works with almost all vehicles that were built in 1996 or later.

After you plug in the device, youEUre good to go. In other words, you donEUt have to use charging cables for the device. Your car automatically powers the ZTE Mobley and creates a Wi-Fi connection. In fact, AT&T said that connection will happen in seconds.

Lixin Cheng, CEO and chairman of ZTE USA, is billing the device as EUboth useful and affordable.EU Affordable is true, if you sign a two-year agreement or pay $100 with no annual commitment to AT&T. You can also add the device to your Mobile Share Value Plan for another $10 a month or connect it to your DataConnect plan with monthly charges of $20 for 1 GB or $30 for 3 GB.

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