In an effort to appeal to businesses and connected families in one fell swoop, Sprint announced its new LivePro projector/mobile hotspot today. The hybrid device goes on sale on July 11th for $450, however the carrier will offer it to qualified customers for no money down with a rate of $18.75 per month for two years.
Made by ZTE, the LivePro supports a 10-inch to 10-foot projection display and moonlights as a 3G/4G mobile hotspot with support for up to eight wirelessly connected devices at a time. Powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, this two for one gadget features a 4-inch touchscreen, along with USB, HDMI and Miracast connectivity for media playback from smartphones or tablets. Capable of multitasking, the LivePro’s 5,000mAh battery can also be used as a charging station for USB-friendly devices.
Of course if you buy this thing, you’ll need a data plan from Sprint in order for it to reach its full potential. The carrier’s plans start at $35 a month for 3GB of data and can get as high as $80 a month for 12GB of service.
World’s First Commercially Available Combination Mini Projector and Mobile Hotspot, Sprint LivePro, Delivers Easy Solution for Businesses and Families
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), July 09, 2014 – It’s the most important presentation of your career. You walk into the boardroom and learn your client’s Internet access is down and the projector bulb burned out. What do you do? Never again should you have to face this nightmare after the July 11 debut of the world’s first commercially available pocket projector and mobile hotspot, Sprint LivePro™.
This innovative new device combines a mini projector with a 10-inch to 10-foot projection display and 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot powered by the super-high-speed network data capabilities of Sprint Spark™, where available, and supports up to eight Wi-Fi® enabled devices simultaneously.
It will be available exclusively from Sprint (NYSE: S) in select Sprint Stores, and through Sprint direct ship sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Business Sales, Web Sales and Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1. With Sprint Easy Pay, well-qualified buyers can purchase Sprint LivePro with $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $18.751.
“Whether it’s a boardroom proposal or backyard movie night, Sprint LivePro is a one-of-a-kind device that combines the enhanced LTE network capabilities of Sprint Spark with an easily portable projector that helps you get work done or keep the family entertained,” said David Owens, senior vice president of Product Development, Sprint. “Sprint LivePro has a high-quality projection display making it easy to share important information on a movie screen, wall or any other flat surface. Its mobile hotspot is powered by Sprint Spark, offering blazing-fast network speeds for downloading important videos or presentations on the Web.”
Measuring 4.7 inches x 4.7 inches and only 1.1 inches thick, Sprint LivePro easily fits in a briefcase or purse and features an embedded speaker providing audio during video or presentations. For bigger sound, separate speakers can be paired via Bluetooth® or attached to the device with a 3.5mm jack.
LivePro offers an easy-to-use 4-inch touchscreen display and Android™ 4.2, Jelly Bean, user interface, making it easy to access content and use the hotspot. The large 5,000mAh lithium ion battery can also be used as a power bank to charge a smartphone, tablet or other devices using a USB cable.
Users can share content using HDMI or USB cables, or wirelessly mirror a smartphone or tablet display using Wi-Fi Miracast®. Through the Wi-Fi connection, users can also pull content from the Cloud directly from the device and stream video and audio content easily with a Wi-Fi connection or data plan. Files can be shared and stored on LivePro using Bluetooth, an HDMI or USB cable as well.
Sprint LivePro is also a great tool for entertaining. At the next family barbecue, the cordless projector can be used to watch video or play a game in the backyard. Customers can also use the mobile hotspot to pull and share content from the Web.
Featuring access to Google Play™, with more than 1 million apps, millions of songs and books, and thousands of movies, LivePro can keep guests entertained well into the night. LivePro also includes Google Mobile™ wireless services, such as Google Chrome, Google Search™, Gmail™, Google Maps™ for Android, Google Calendar™, Drive and YouTube™.
Sprint mobile broadband data plans for LivePro start at $34.99 per month for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network. Customers can choose the $49.99 plan with 6GB of combined 3G/4G data or $79.99 plan with 12GB of 3G/4G data. (All pricing excludes taxes and surcharges.)
Sprint Spark provides the capacity to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications while opening the way for futuristic applications. Sprint Spark is designed to support a new generation of online gaming, virtual reality, advanced cloud services and other applications requiring very high bandwidth.
Available today in 27 markets across the country, Sprint Spark™ is an enhanced LTE service that’s built for data and designed to deliver average wireless speeds of 6-15Mbps and peak wireless speeds of 50-60Mbps today on capable devices, with increasing speed potential over time.2 Sprint plans to reach 100 million Americans by year-end with the service. The capability is available in the following 27 cities: Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; Dallas; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Fort Worth, Texas; Houston; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan./Mo.; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Newark, N.J.; Oakland, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Provo, Utah; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; St. Louis; Tacoma, Wash.; Tampa, Fla.; Trenton, N.J; Waukegan, Ill.; Winston-Salem and Greensboro, N.C., and West Palm Beach, Fla.
Sprint 4G LTE is available in 471 cities covering more than 225 million people, including Seattle, Cleveland and San Jose.
A Better Experience – Guaranteed
The Sprint Satisfaction Guarantee provides wireless users a risk-free experience of America’s Newest Network, exclusive Framily plan and unique services. If customers aren’t completely satisfied with the Sprint experience within the first 30 days, Sprint will refund the cost of their device and waive all service and activation charges.
The 30-day satisfaction guarantee is available to new consumers and select small corporate-liable customers, who activate a new line of service at a Sprint company-owned store or preferred retailer, by calling 1-800-SPRINT1 or using www.sprint.com. The guarantee is available to current customers adding new lines of service in a Sprint store, online at sprint.com or by calling 1-800-SPRINT1.
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served nearly 55 million customers as of March 31, 2014 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved U.S. company in customer satisfaction, across all 43 industries, over the last six years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com orwww.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.