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Mobile Hotspots from Sprint

FREE mobile hotspots & deeply discounted data plans

CLC has made it easy for you to help your library users "check out the internet!"


March 2020 note: Demand for hotspots is very high at this time. Your order may be delayed.



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Free devices - a $240 value! Plus discounted unlimited data!

CLC is thrilled to bring ALL of our members our Mobile Hotspot Program. We are confident that we are bringing you the best possible offer on mobile hotspots available to Connecticut libraries and schools. Here's why:

  • FREE hotspot device ($240 value!)
  • Deeply discounted data plan - $22.99/month* per device
  • UNLIMITED 4G/3G DATA - no overage charges

If that's not enough, you'll also get:

  • Easy ordering through CLC
  • Free shipping to your library
  • Free reporting/statistics
  • Custom network name (so your users can easily find "Your Library" among available networks when they connect their devices)
  • No long-term contract**
  • Open to ALL CLC members, including private schools and for-profits

  **NOTE: Due to unprecedented demand, orders beginning March 2020 require a one-year commitment; this may change once demand returns to normal.


Use this CLC form:



Who Needs a Hotspot?
  • person holding hotspot
    Anyone without the internet at home. Do school projects, apply for jobs, research medical conditions, etc.
  • Anyone who needs fast, convenient access to email, social media and video streaming without the hassle and security worries of public Wi-Fi. 
  • Families taking road trips - keep everyone entertained by connecting up to 10 devices over Wi-Fi
  • Workers who need to stay productive with projects and work email at off-site meetings or on business trips.


How Does This Work?
  • Sprint logo
    Order one or more hotspots from CLC.
  • CLC will forward your order to Sprint.
  • Sprint will ship your hotspot(s) to your library. Hotspots will come pre-loaded with your custom Wi-Fi network name (optional - for faster service, customize on your own)
  • Circulate the hotspot(s) to library users. You determine your own packaging, labeling, loan periods, fines, and other specifications. (See sample circulation policies below)
  • Sprint will bill your library $22.99/month* per hotspot.


About the Hotspots:
    • MiFi hotspotModel: MiFi 8000
    • Network: Sprint
    • Capacity: Connect up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including laptops, tablets, e-readers, gaming systems and more
    • Speed/bandwidth: Up to 1 Gbps, unlimited 3G/4G CDMA LTE Data 
    • Battery life: Up to 24 hours of battery life on a single charge (may vary depending upon number of connected devices and activity)
    • Dimensions: 4.29” x 2.64” x 0.71”
    • Container: Hotspots arrive in a cardboard box.
    • Wi-Fi network name: OPTIONAL: Specify your own custom Wi-Fi network name to be associated with the device(s) - eg. My Public Library. For faster service, customize on your own.


    About Pricing:
    • Hotspot: Free
    • Data: $22.99 per month per hotspot. (*For-profit institutions subject to taxes.)
    • Billing: Your library will be billed monthly by Sprint.
    • Overages: Unlimited data, so no overage fee. NOTE: Roaming will be turned off.


    • coverage mapWhat if the hotspot is lost or damaged?
      Contact Sprint to have data turned off. If you wish to replace the device, subsequent devices will cost the state contract price of $19.99.
    • What if I can't get network coverage?
      Roaming will be turned off on these devices, so if Sprint coverage is not available, the devices will not work effectively. If you have concerns about coverage in your area, contact CLC for a test device. See the Sprint interactive coverage map.
    • What if I want to discontinue participation?
      Terminate at any time. (NOTE: For now, orders beginning March 2020 require a one-year commitment; this may change once demand returns to normal)
    Orders & Questions:
    • Orders: Order online from CLC using our easy order form:
    • Eligibility: ALL CLC member libraries may participate!
    • Order Deadline: Order any time.
    • Questions: Contact CLC Member Relations, or 860.344.8777


    • Hotspot Circulation Policies:
      Danbury Public Library (CT)

      Brookfield Free Public Library (IL)

    • "Check Out a Library Hotspot" - Public Libraries Online
    • CLC/Sprint informational webinar, July 7, 2016. Please note:
      • The recording of the webinar starts approximately 30 seconds into the presentation. Missing from the archived version is the welcome, introduction and overview of the agenda.
      • On the webinar there was a bit of confusion with Sprint about the price of the hotspots and whether or not there are any additional fees. Since the webinar, CLC has reconfirmed that the price for unlimited data is $22.99 per month per hotspot. You will not be charged any additional taxes or fees. (Note: Institutions that are not tax-exempt must pay sales tax.)



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