Verizon says the 7-inch Android Ellipsis 7 is the first product “in the Ellipsis family” which could mean additional tablets and/or smartphones under that brand could be in the works.
Priced at $249.99 ($100 off with a new two-year contract for Internet service), the Ellipsis has a decent package of specs for the price starting with 4G LTE connectivity.
While not a high end “Retina” class display, the 1280 x 800 7-inch HD display is more than adequate. The Ellipsis runs Android 4.2.2, and includes a single 3.2 megapixel rear camera, 8 GB internal storage plus an SD card slot, 1GB of RAM and a 1.2 GHZ quad-core processor.
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The new $5 plan cellular plan includes 250 MB of data access for 24 hours which is much better rate than hotels and airports typically charge – though some who don’t charge offer unlimited free WiFi.
AT&T is also now offering a $25 plan for up to 1GB of data over a three month period.
“We really think that a Wi-Fi only tablet is good, but it is not good enough,” said AT&T senior VP Chris Penrose, speaking at GigaOm’s Mobilize event earlier today. The cost of adding a cellular module to tablets is also going down, Penrose said.
“We’ve seen that price go down substantially over the past several years,” Penrose [...]
The proprietary hybrid technology will use satellite for receive only (transmission to the plane) and Gogo's Air to Ground network for the return link (transmission to the ground).
Existing two-way satellite antennas in the commercial aviation market have limited power for transmissions so they don't interfere with other satellites. But Gogo says it will be utilizing a Ku antenna developed specifically for receive only functionality. “The advantages of using satellite for reception only and Gogo's ATG Network for the return link are unprecedented,” the company said in a release.
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But Huawei has a different idea with its UltraStick, a tiny 3G module that device makers can easily add to existing WiFi tablets without completely redesigning the hardware.
It’s not clear when UltraStick’s might be available in the U.S. or if it will remain strictly an option for device makers or, eventually, an accessory consumers could purchase to upgrade a WiFi tablet to cellular.