The age of using personal jetpacks to effortlessly zip through the sky, once solely the purview of science fiction, appears to be closer than ever before. While not everyone can, or will ever be able to, take to the skies and soar over the Dubai skyline alongside a passenger plane, using a personal jetpack to fly around the Statue of Liberty is certainly much more doable.
Last week, Australian adventurer David Mayman used a personal jetpack to fly over the Hudson river and zoom around the Statue of Liberty. The jetpack Mayman used, called the JB-9 JetPack, can travel at a speed of 63 mph and was developed by Jetpack Aviation, a company that has been researching high-powered jetpacks for decades now.
Personal jetpacks, long the stuff of science fiction, are poised to break into the mainstream sooner than you might think. Sure, we've seen video of crazy jetpack aerobatics looping through the Dubai skyline, but we're talking about something a little bit more accessible to the masses.
And just like that Verizon has revamped its prepaid pricing structure. Starting tomorrow, May 1st, the carrier will be offering unlimited talk and text packaged with 1GB of data for $80 a month. The new offering will be available first with the Samsung Illusion, a disappointingly 3G handset, though, one that wont demand a two year commitment to Big Red. Verizon is also adding the Jetpack MiFi 4510L LTE mobile hotspot to its contract-free offerings for $130. Prepaid plans for the 4G wireless hotspot start at $15 for 250 MB a week, but quickly climb to $60 and $90 for 3GB and 10GB, respectively. For more info check out the PR after the break.
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It's taken considerably longer to roll out than the few weeks that were promised
back at CES in January, but Verizon has now confirmed that the Novatel-built, LTE-capable Jetpack MiFi 4620L
will be available on April 12th for $49.99. That's on the usual two-year contract, of course, and after a $50 mail-in rebate. In addition to supporting up to ten WiFi connection, it also notably has a removable battery that can be swapped out for a higher capacity 3000mAh unit (double the capacity of the included the one). Look for it at Verizon stores and Verizon's website initially, with a roll out to Best Buy locations following shortly thereafter.Update:
We've received word that the Jetpack has begun arriving at reseller locations, and if you ask nicely you might just be able to take one home early.
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launched two new mobile hotspots at CES, both called Jetpack. We found the ZTE
entry -- the Verizon device has all the branding -- and gave it a quick once over. The device itself is quite big for a mobile hotspot, measuring 88mm x 88mm x 18mm, though finish and materials are slick. The menu system is easy to use, buttons responsive, and as seen in the pic above lets you get at settings, SMS messages, and a quick heads up as to how many of the 10 supported clients are currently connected. Power on and off is controlled by a sliding switch, rather than an on off button, which we think is a great idea. Have a gander at the gallery for some more shots.
Verizon's ZTE Jetpack hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:03:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink
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