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Seagate and Verizon will show off an LTE enabled wireless storage device today at CES.  As part of the GoFlex Satellite line, the device not only allows network streaming and storage via Wifi, but with LTE enabled users can download content directly to the device or use it as a hot-spot for up to three other devices. 

This sounds like the perfect companion for your Wifi only Android tablet on those long road trips.  We'll drop by and have a closer look to get all the details.  The press release is after the break.

VERIZON TO SHOWCASE INDUSTRY-FIRST AT 2012 CES: 4G LTE MOBILE WIRELESS STORAGE BY SEAGATE

LAS VEGAS, BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and CUPERTINO, Calif. – From the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Verizon Wireless and Seagate will be showcasing a breakthrough technology demonstration of 4G LTE integrated into a Seagate Mobile Wireless Storage device for use with smartphones and tablets.  This industry-first innovation can be seen at the Verizon booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Booth #30259). 

The 4G LTE-connected Mobile Wireless Storage technology will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Expand the storage capacity of your mobile device with enough space to enjoy over 300 HD movies on an iPad  or Android tablet
  • Imagine having the ability to carry every James Bond movie in HD, every season of both “MadMen” and “Glee” and the entire catalog of the Rolling Stones, as well as thousands of photos.
  • Download music, movies and photos over 4G LTE and stream it all over Wi-Fi for up to three of your mobile devices.  It becomes the perfect road-trip companion providing hours of entertainment for the kids.
  • Use the lightning fast Verizon 4G LTE network to connect to an endless library of entertainment in your pocket and provide Internet connectivity for up to three Wi-Fi-enabled mobile devices.

Seagate, a worldwide leader of innovative storage solutions, is a participant in the Verizon LTE Innovation Center and has been engaged with Verizon Wireless and its 4G LTE Innovation Center for two years of development for this product concept.  Earlier this year, Seagate joined a multi-party development collaboration agreement along with other Verizon certified LTE partners, Novatel Wireless and SkyCross, Inc., to develop the Seagate 4G LTE Mobile Wireless Storage.

Based on market and customer feedback, this Mobile Wireless Storage solution is a potential future product collaboration between Verizon and Seagate.

“Seagate continues to innovate in new ways for consumers to enjoy their use of storage technologies,” said Scott Horn, vice president of global marketing for Seagate.  “This showcase of 4G LTE storage opens up a whole new world of possibilities for consumers to access the content they desire on the go.”

Verizon Wireless leads the way in 4G with the largest 4G LTE network and most reliable 4G network in the United States, which now covers more than 200 million people in 190 markets.

Verizon established its Innovation Program to encourage collaboration and help advance the 4G LTE ecosystem.  The company’s LTE Innovation Center in Waltham, Mass., and its Application Innovation Center in San Francisco were created to inspire, enable and develop non-traditional devices, services and applications that take advantage of Verizon Wireless’ industry-leading wireless networks.  Through the Innovation Program, Verizon seeks to expand the possibilities of 4G LTE by working with diverse companies, from start-ups to established players, in industries representing a broad range of verticals.

The Seagate 4G LTE Mobile Wireless Storage is a portable, rechargeable battery-powered storage device with up to five hours of battery life and emits a Wi-Fi b/g/n signal for accessing content on the device.  It is compatible with all Wi-Fi-enabled iOS and Android phones and tablets that include a browser.  For more information about Seagate, visit www.seagate.com/ces, follow @Seagate and @Seagate_Con on Twitter or like the company on Facebook

For more information about Verizon at CES, visit www.verizonwireless.com/ces or follow Verizon Wireless news on Twitter at @VZWnews

 

Reader comments

Seagate and Verizon introduce LTE enabled wireless storage

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I wonder if they'll allow you to get just the hotspot plan because that's the only time I could see needing it in my personal life. Like you said Jerry, it's perfect for the WiFi only tablets.

"Imagine having the ability to carry every James Bond movie in HD, every season of both “MadMen” and “Glee” and the entire catalog of the Rolling Stones, as well as thousands of photos."

So the person who writes SeaGate's press releases is the 50-yr-old that really, REALLY likes James Bond and has a 15-yr-old daughter who actually backs up all her camera-phone myspace glam shots?

I am missing something... if I'm carrying the seagate storage device with me, why do I need to download anything using LTE? Isn't my data on the storage device already and if so, the wifi signal from that seagate device should just let me connect directly to it - why LTE?

If this seagate device has no storage on it, then, why even carry it around and pay for LTE service and have to deal with bandwidth caps on the LTE service? Why not go for a pogoplug like device - one time charge for the device and just store all the data you want on that pogoplug at home (no need to carry it around with you), without 5 hour battery life restrictions.

I agree. This is a device looking for a problem to solve.

I'm not buying a data plan for a disk drive. Do I look that stupid Verizon?

Wow. They go from James Bond & Mad Men (both great) all the way down to Glee.

I don't even know what to say there.

I personally recommend my Buffalo Cloudstor. I keep it at my house and have my GN with LTE. If I needed a tablet I could use the WiFi tether glitch with that to use it (Although accessing it with the Pogoplug app on my phone works fine)

Just recently got this setup and love it. I stream buttloads of movies and TV shows now from it.

Oh and a good point made by some, I have unlimited data on my phone, and if you get this with a plan I doubt you will have a high data cap.

VZW giveth you ever more data transfer speed and storage for all of that data intensive media you love, and taketh away all your cash if your dare to use them. You can't win.