Verizon, Seagate Announce 4G LTE Mobile Wireless Storage

Verizon Wireless and hard drive manufacturer Seagate have teamed up to create a Mobile Wireless Storage device with integrated support for Big Red's 4G LTE network. A prototype is currently on display at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, but when it becomes available, the final product will allow consumers to store files from their smartphones and tablets directly to the Seagate 4G LTE device via a Wi-Fi connection.

Verizon claims that the Seagate 4G LTE Mobile Wireless Storage device will allow users to store over 300 HD movies for an iPad or Android tablet. They will even be able to stream content to a max of three mobile devices -- whether it's music, movies or even photos -- across an 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection. A rechargeable battery will reportedly offer up to five hours on a single charge.

"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."

The Seagate 4G LTE Mobile Wireless Storage device is part of Verizon's Innovation Program to encourage collaboration and help advance the 4G LTE ecosystem. 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.

As previously specified, availability (and pricing) is currently unknown, so stay tuned for additional details.

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  • Anonymous
    why does it need an LTE connection?
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  • srhelicity
    Use an LTE connection -- pay for data fees. I can see why they'd want this. That said, the article only talks about data storage across WiFi. I assume the drive will connect to Verizon and allow for the movement of data across the LTE network, but the article doesn't actually say that anywhere (again, it only talks about data storage across WiFI). Regardless, there's no way I'm storing data over an LTE connection since you'd presumably get hit multiple times for data usage (data off the drive, data onto the phone, etc.).
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  • danwat1234
    I hope the file interface is a lot better than the Seagate Goflex Satellite drive.
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