Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are expected to roll their 4G mobile hotspot offerings out in major retail stores this year.
The major carriers will begin offering their new hotspots this fall at select stores in major U.S. cities.
The new 3G hotspot devices will be installed by Verizon, which is using Google’s Android Auto software, and AT&s latest mobile device operating system.
It will have the same 4G speeds and data caps as its current 4G devices.
AT&am will use the same Android Auto and Google’s Google Home software.
Sprint and Verizon will begin rolling out their 4Gs mobile hotspots in 2016.
The move is expected to be welcomed by some consumers.
It has been suggested that customers could opt for 4G as their primary phone carrier and stick with their current network if they don’t want to switch.
The move comes as the 4G networks are in transition to 4G LTE.
But it is also expected to draw criticism from consumer groups and others who say the rollout is too little too late.
AT & T-Mo announced its 4G Mobile Hotspot rollout in April.
It is also the only carrier that will not be offering a 4G service this year in the U.K., Canada and the United States.