First Video Look At T-Mobile’s First LTE Mobile HotSpot, The Sonic 2.0

I know, I know, it’s just a Mobile Hotspot — but as T-Mobile’s FIRST LTE Mobile HotSpot, I consider the Sonic 2.0 a big deal. Therefore, this quick video hands-on of the boot up should interest you, if for no other reason than because it’s fun to watch things turn on and do…stuff. An eagle-eyed T-Mobile reader found one hanging around his local store and grabbed a quick video for all the world to see. If T-Mobile’s LTE can fulfill the speed promises it brings with it, HotSpots should be all the rage on the network in the very near future.

The Sonic 2.0 launches tomorrow.


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  • Rudy Belova

    Very cool! I have a full upgrade available on my mobile broadband line and want to get this!

  • NYCTheBronx

    Very Nice.

    • I just switched from my Grandfathered “Unlimited” plan to the new Uncarrier Truly Unlimited plan, no more 10GB cap!! Plus its cheaper by $15 than what I was paying. – )

  • kay yon

    Speed tests please. :)

    • Faust

      In good time, the video showed a demo model with no SIM. Plus with the limited markets we are only shy from official speed tests!

  • James

    I really want one of these hotspot but there is no unlimited data for them, the highest is 10 gb and that’s not enough when you plan to use this as your home Internet :(

    • Rudy Belova

      That’s because they don’t want you to use this as a home internet replacement.

  • Don Kim

    When you consider the fact that the new rate plans all include Mobile Hotspot except for Unlimited Data plan, I think it’s better to get the amount of data you need on your phone and use Hotspot..

    • Rudy Belova

      It’s good for people who travel a lot. Not to mention that the sonic 4g hotspot gets awesome download speeds and battery life that rocks helps too. I wonder how much of a hit of battery life LTE will do.

      • Don Kim

        Yeah, It’ll come down to how fast T-Mo can expand their LTE coverage.

    • iansltx

      Only the Note II, HTC One and Z10 have LTE so far. Of those, only the Note II is out. Some folks want LTE but don’t want to carry around a phablet or really high-end phone.

      Things will shift a bit when the Nexus 4 (direct from Google; TMo overcharges) gets an official LTE update (mark my words, it’ll happen). But for now there are cases where the dedicated hotspot makes more sense.

      • Dion Mac

        The problem with that is, if you have a really high-end phone or phablet, you probably do carry that around with you everywhere you go. In fact, who doesn’t always have their phone on them? Secondly, if your not really in a mood to carry a high end or phablet, are you really going to want to tote around a laptop???

        • iansltx

          I won’t buy a phablet…I don’t want something that big in my pocket or up against my face (I still place calls without a headset). However my laptop bag goes with me pretty much everywhere I go with a laptop (which is why I’d use a dedicated hotspot in the first place). I’ve used “data sticks” in the past, and a dedicated hotspot is the same general idea.

          Also, business customers. Tethering is cool, but it’s nice not having to double-drain your phone battery while getting work done on your laptop and talking on the phone.

        • Dion Mac

          Understandable. I just had an epiphany to put one in my car when I install a nexus 7 in my dash.

        • enoch861

          Or just get a new car with WiFi built in hehe :P /s

  • iansltx

    Is it just me, or does a color screen on a mobile hotspot seem downright wasteful? Just but a back and green OLED on there and call it a day. Better battery life, too.

    • enoch861

      Eh, if they can do it, why not? Besides, I’m pretty sure it turns off after a few seconds so no biggie.

  • Dion Mac

    Question… Does anyone think Google will release an LTE version on the Nexus 7? I plan on installing one in my car. And tho I can use my phone as a hotspot, what happens when someone else is using my car?

    Update: Just answered my own question… The Sonic 2.0 it is!

  • mdosu

    T-Mobile just flipped the LTE switch in DC metro tonight on the 25th! 26 down, 25 up average speed tests. Can I get a woot woot!!

  • REVS

    this this thing is terrible set up is a NIGHTMARE all it does is re direct you yo t mobile site