Partial to HSDPA over EV-DO and interested in the Novatel Wireless MiFi device announced last month? Have no fear, the FCC is here! Engadget Mobile noticed our wireless wizards at work in testing a GSM variant of the MiFi. There’s no official news on such a product, but it was bound to happen so details should be outed soon.
In case you forgot what the MiFi is: it’s a combination 3G radio and WiFi hotspot mobile device with a credit-card sized footprint. The MiFi runs on batteries for around four hours and provides a 3G signal you can share with anyone within range of the WiFi signal it broadcasts.
When the product was announced, Novatel Wireless said we’d see the MiFi in the first half of 2009, so it shouldn’t be long now before we see more details. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this start out around $150 to $200 with a data-plan commitment. Remember, unlike other hardware solutions, you don’t add a 3G card to the MiFi; it provides that functionality for you.