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You knew that as soon as I got the Verizon MiFi in my hot little hands that I had to head out to take it on the road. There is a Target Superstore two blocks from my house with a Starbucks (sort of) inside, so here […]

You knew that as soon as I got the Verizon MiFi in my hot little hands that I had to head out to take it on the road. There is a Target Superstore two blocks from my house with a Starbucks (sort of) inside, so here I sit. It’s a good test for the MiFi as there’s no Wi-Fi available, other than my own personal Wi-Fi bubble provided by the MiFi. In this photo I have the Viliv S5 and the iPhone 3G connected to my own Wi-Fi hotspot. This thing absolutely rocks for ease of use.

Viliv S5 UMPC, Verizon MiFi 2200

Viliv S5 UMPC, Verizon MiFi 2200

  1. Soooo jealous. If that MiFi had a SIM card slot, I’d be all over it.

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    1. Novatel has a GSM version.

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    2. A GSM Version? Sweet Where, how much? I didn’t see it on ther’re website

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    3. I don’t believe it’s out yet.

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    4. Here you go…

      http://www.intomobile.com/2009/01/19/gsm-version-of-novatels-mifi-gets-an-fcc-approval.html

      It was approved by FCC in Jan.

      Should be here soon.

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  2. How much is the msrp? I would like to see more pricing info on the tools and services you use, and pricing plays a factor in our buying manager’s decision and expense justification process. :)

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    1. Verizon is quoting $99.99 after a $50 rebate with a new 2-year contract. They have not quoted a price without the contract to me yet.

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  3. How about up and down speed compared to it’s USB counterparts.

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    1. It has been the same for me all day today.

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  4. Does it have a “quota meter” to warn you when you hit your 5 GB limit each month? ;)

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    1. The Verizon Access Manager program will track your usage if desired. There is no way to track it if using via WiFi as the Access Manager program is not invoked. I believe you can track it via Verizon Online though.

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  5. That setup looks, pardon the word, uber-geek. You know you could replace all that gear with a single 13″ notebook with built-in WWAN, be just as productive, and not need a bag to carry it in either.

    Maybe we should compare both work styles James for benefits/negatives?

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    1. While I sort-of agree and would take a one-piece over the kit-and-kaboodle (I’d love me an S5 nevertheless), I think this comment comes up in each post in which JK shows off his S5 and BT keyboard ;)

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    2. Yes it does come up every time. This session was a test of the MiFi and nothing more. But, I would never get integrated WWAN because I use so many devices. That’s why the MiFi is outstanding for me.

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  6. Hi James,

    Mind if I ask how hot your S5 gets when you’re online? I just received mine, and when online, the screen actually gets really hot. Never really had a laptop screen feel that way…

    The whole unit seems to get pretty warm now I that I’m holding it.

    Also, I’ve been using a diNovo Mini with it and find it’s much better than the onscreen kb, though not quite as efficient as a Stowaway due to thumb-typing.

    Thanks!

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  7. Good to know there’s a GSM version coming out – not sure how I missed that.

    The $99 price isn’t bad, even with a contract. It’s that $60/mo plan that’s killing these mobile broadband solutions. I’ll keep my MEdiaNet plan and just tether, for that.

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  8. Wait- I know we’re all talking about the GSM version now, but what’s this one? I thought Verizon’s fastest data network was 3g, so what’s the point of connecting your iPhone 3g to a 3g-powered wifi network?

    But the product is really smart and cool.

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    1. If you get no signal from AT&T for the iPhone, you can tap into the MiFi Wi-Fi for 3G loving anyway.

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