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Global 4G LTE Hotspot.  Securely connect up to 5 devices. Coverage in 100+ countries. Unlimited data for your phone, laptop or tablet.
Global 4G LTE Hotspot.  Securely connect up to 5 devices. Coverage in 100+ countries. Unlimited data for your phone, laptop or tablet.
Global 4G LTE Hotspot. Securely connect up to 5 devices. Coverage in 100+ countries. Unlimited data for your phone, laptop or tablet.
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Konnect i1: Stay Connected Worldwide with 4G LTE Wi-Fi

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What is a prototype?

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.

Get Reliable Wi-Fi Anywhere, Anytime with No Contract, Registration or Activation Fees

The Konnect i1 is a 4G LTE pocket Wi-Fi device that enables international travelers and globetrotters an expansive data connection in over 100 countries.

The device allows users to connect up to five devices on Wi-Fi and allows free International Calling in 20+ countries. 

The i1 is an industry-first, must-have answer to high cost roaming. There's no expensive contracts, registration or activation fees.

How It Works

As long as you're in one of the 100+ supported countries, the i1 will search for the strongest local carrier in our partner network then automatically connect, giving you a Wi-Fi connection you can share with your devices. 

All you have to do is purchase a day of unlimited data for $10, connect your Wi-Fi enabled device (phone, tablet etc) to the i1 and presto, you're online with 4G LTE data speeds (where available)!  It's that simple.

Device Overview

The USB port is used to charge the Konnect.

There are 4 LED lights on the top row to show battery life: 4 lights = 100% charged, 3 lights = 75% charged, 2 lights = 50% charged and 1 light = 25% charged.

When the device is powered on, the power on/off light is green.

The i1 is connected to a network when the Internet Connection light is green.

There is 4G LTE available when the 4G LTE light is green.

Easy to Use

The following video demonstrates how easy it is to connect a device to the NUU Konnect i1, and place a call even while in airplane mode.

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Connecting to the i1

1. Turn on the NUU Konnect i1 by pressing on the power button. 

2. Wait until the Internet Connection / 4G LTE LED lights turn green, this indicates that the i1 is connected to a local network and is ready to use.

3. Look for the NUU Konnect Wi-Fi connection (SSID on back of the Konnect i1) with your device (phone, tablet, laptop etc).

4. Select the connection.

5. Enter the password (shown on back of the i1) when prompted.

and voila!

 

 

NUU Konnect i1 Speed Test

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Connect in Over 100 Countries

The NUU Konnect can be used with any brand or type of mobile device in the most traveled countries in the world.

Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong*,  India*, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Malaysia*, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia*, Singapore*, Sri Lanka, Taiwan*, Thailand*, U.A.E, Vietnam

Europe: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria,  Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic*, Denmark*, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France*, Germany*,  Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein*, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands*, Norway*,  Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia,  San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain*, Sweden*, Switzerland*, Turkey, United Kingdom*, Ukraine

Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil*, Canada*, Chile, Columbia, Dominica, Ecuador, French West Indies, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Salvador, United States*, Uruguay

Oceania: Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Saipan

Africa: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa*, Uganda

* Includes Free International Calling on supported smartphones.

Includes International Calling in 20+ Countries

This means you can call a landline or cellphone without having to pay extra while using your phone's existing contacts.  Additionally, call quality is better than app to app calls. All you have to do is enable this feature on your compatible phone and the Konnect i1 takes care of the rest.


Lightweight and Portable 

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Dimensions: 124.6mm x 68.6mm x 12.6mm / 1in x 2.7in x 0.5in

Weight: 130g / 4.6oz

Recognized at CTIA

The NUU Konnect i1 won first place at the eTech Awards at CTIA 2016 in Vegas! The concept was exciting enough that it beat many tough competitors in the "Everything Intelligent - Small Cell, WiFi, LAN" category.

 

App Support

This is a mock up of the user interface that is being developed.  Instead of relying on the lighted LED on the NUU Konnect to see how much battery is left, the user can check the app.  Users will also be able to see the strength of the connection, data usage level and top up plans among other features.

To see other UI designs, please see the prototype gallery.


Project Timeline

Where we are:
Feb 1, 2017 - The last piece to this project is just the app, which is in development. The device is ready to be manufactured and just waiting for the go-ahead. The app will allow users to manage the devices that are connected to the i1, set user preferences and log in to manage data plans (topping up / purchasing etc).

March 2017 - Ship and deliver Konnect to our Kickstarter supporters!!
February 2017 - Start production of Konnect i1 device, Finalize Konnect App
December 2016 - Launch NUU Konnect App - Beta
November - App Testing
October 2016 - Finalize NUU Konnect unit, App Development (UI)
September 2016 - Prototype Beta Testing
August 2016 - Prototype, Initiate Product Sourcing
July 2016 - Testing
June 2016 - Prototype
May 2016 - Design
April 2016 - Conception





Risks and challenges

Competition is a risk. The key here is being first to market with these features and benefits to establish a strong market position.. NUU is small, yet efficiently structured to react quickly to changing market conditions and competition. The technology that we use is proprietary and emulating it can take some time.

There is a service component to this product, and it relies on network carriers from other countries to "sign up" for the program and allow the device to access their networks for consumer use. We have already begun partnering up with several key providers that have access to multiple, highly traveled markets and don't believe that this will be a significant risk.

Production delays are always a risk, but we have great relationships with our suppliers who will let us know if anything goes awry early on so that we can notify our customers. However, this is an unlikely risk.

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    BELIEVER IN A BORDER-LESS TELECOM WORLD

    You believe that high roaming costs should be banned and we should not be limited when it comes to communication. Get a special "Thank You" note from our CEO and co-founders and a surprise swag bag for believing in our mission to create a border-less telecom world.

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    NUU KONNECT i1 EARLY BIRD

    Be an early adopter of the NUU Konnect i1 and receive a fully functioning unit.
    Daily 4G LTE data can be purchased at $10/day for unlimited use in 100+ countries with NUU coverage. No other fees required!
    Simply connect your phone to the NUU Konnect and start surfing the net!

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    THE NUU KONNECT EXPERIENCE

    Be an adopter of the NUU Konnect i1 and receive a fully functioning unit with 2 days of unlimited data from our carrier partner so you can fully test this gadget out. Simply connect your device to the i1 and enjoy on the go!

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    Additional daily 4G LTE data can be purchased at $10/day for use in all countries with NUU coverage. No other fees required!

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    TOTALLY NUU

    Be a NUU CHAMPION and receive the NUU Konnect i1 and 4 days of unlimited data and voice from a carrier partner.

    Shipping in the US included.

    Additional daily 4G LTE data can be purchased at $10/day for use in all countries with NUU coverage. No other fees required!

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    INSIDE NUU Konnect

    This is the big one. Not only will you receive a NUU Konnect i1 - in addition, you will be flown to Hong Kong in an all expense paid trip to meet with our Engineer and Design Team and get the insider experience of how we developed the Konnect i1. You will also get to meet with our CEO as well as visit the NUU Konnect factory to see where it's all made!

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