C Spire Wireless, the only wireless provider in the U.S. that offers consumers and businesses a suite of personalized services, today announced the introduction of the R526 mobile hotspot, one of the world's most versatile and personalized mobile broadband devices, from Franklin Wireless. The R526 is ideal for consumers and business users who need to stay connected on the go. The device features a built-in RJ45 Ethernet port for wired connection, a replaceable and rechargeable lithium-ion battery as well as an intuitive web-based user interface that allows for simple set up and network configuration. Weighing just 2.46 ounces, the sleek, compact device provides simultaneous mobile broadband access for laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, PDAs, cameras, portable game devices, MP3 players and combines a variety of valuable easy-to-use features into its simple design. "Franklin's R526 offers the ultimate in personalized communications freedom and is the fastest and easiest way to get online when you're on-the-go," said Wade Smith, vice president of Products and Innovation for C Spire Wireless. "Now you can wirelessly access the Internet from virtually anywhere and at any time and share your mobile broadband connection on C Spire's personalized network with friends, family members and co-workers." Mobile hotspots and USB-enabled data cards are growing in popularity with consumers, according to technology research firm In-Stat, which is forecasting that more than 195 million of these devices will be shipped and in use worldwide by 2015. Additional Features - LED device status and activity indicators for power, Wi-Fi, LAN and mobile broadband connections - Built-in air vent for cooling - Device measures just 3.5" x 1.97" x .59" - Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g compliant with 30 foot coverage range - Mini USB charging port - Integrated CDMA and Wi-Fi antennas - Advanced security and authentication technologies - GPS-enabling for location-based services - Support for multiple operating systems, including Windows, MAC OS and Linux - Portable, rechargeable battery provides up to 3.5 hours of active use and 10 hours of standby time on single charge Pricing and Availability The R526, which retails for $129.99, is available free online at www.cspire.com, in all C Spire Wireless retail stores and through the company's telesales group at 1-855-277-4734 or its Assist for Business Support Center at 1-855-277-4732 with a qualifying two-year high speed mobile broadband data plan.