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Verizon will start selling the MiFi 2200, a nifty, credit card-sized 3G router this Sunday, May 17th. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you use more than one device on the go. The MiFi is a pocketable, battery-powered combined 3G modem and Wi-Fi router that […]

mifiVerizon will start selling the MiFi 2200, a nifty, credit card-sized 3G router this Sunday, May 17th. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you use more than one device on the go.

The MiFi is a pocketable, battery-powered combined 3G modem and Wi-Fi router that effectively provides a hotspot that you can take with you anywhere. James Kendrick over at our sister site jkOnTheRun has had a pre-release version of the device for review and says that it’s “mobile broadband done right.” Once the device has been activated, hit the power button and — in a matter of seconds — your laptop, phone and any other devices (up to five at any one time) are connected to the Verizon Mobile Broadband network via Wi-Fi, without needing to install drivers.

Although the device goes on sale on Sunday from Verizon stores, if you ask nicely you might be able to get your hands on one now. The MiFi costs $99.99 (after a $50 rebate) and is available with a choice of two subscriptions:

  • $39.99 month for 250 MB and 10 cents per MB overage
  • $59.99 month for 5 GB and 5 cents per MB overage

Alternatively, you can buy the MiFi with no contract for an upfront cost of $269.99, with “day passes” available for $15.

The MiFi is a branded version of the Novatel MiFi. Other carriers (like Sprint) will be offering their own versions, too.

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  1. $100, *plus* $60/mo, for what I can get by a little extra footwork to find a wifi coffee shop? Nuh-uh.

  2. Very cool I think I am getting one.

  3. This thing will be a potential iPhone killer. If you need to be able to give demos to customers on a laptop, you probably carry a Sprint 3G USB modem with you – $60/mo. Add to that the iPhone for $70/month where you basically pay for data services again. With this thing, I can provide WiFi anywhere (and not just in coffee shops, if I can even get on there — see Peet’s) to my iPod Touch, my notebook, my co-worker’s notebook aso. That $60 plus a pre-paid, all-you-can-eat wireless telephone service for $50 is all you need. Sure, bandwidth is capped, but it’s practically capped anywhere, so as long as you don’t download MacOSX updates or Windows service packs, overage should not be a problem.

    I plan to ditch my iPhone for this. I’m sure Om as a recent iPod Touch convert is already salivating as well!

  4. “If you need to be able to give demos to customers on a laptop, you probably carry a Sprint 3G USB modem with you – $60/mo.”

    Where do you work? Deserted island? Do demos on a street corner? Every customer/business, large or small that I’ve gone to either has wifi or ethernet.

  5. There is a full review and movies of the MiFi at:

    http://www.evdoinfo.com/mifi

  6. Silicon Valley! Just go into any of the office parks next to 101. No residential Wi-Fi reaches in there. Sure, there’s Wi-Fi in every building, but most/all are closed. If you have 30 minutes with someone, you don’t want to spend 15 trying to get connected or waiting for someone to chase down the person who knows how to get on. Even worse at the big companies. Go to Intel, HP or any of the biggies – I bet a majority of the workers there don’t know how their guests can access guest-Wi-Fi (which they have). And the fabled free Mountain View Wi-Fi does not reach into many of the office parks either.

    Same, although not as bad, in S.F. Open residential Wi-Fi is gone. Coffee shop Wi-Fi is there, but often crowded and you often lose reception.

    Bottom line: If you have important business meetings, bring your own Internet. Up until now – USB based 3G modem. As of tomorrow – Verizon MiFi. That’s why it’s a game changer… At least for me.

  7. @Velt: How does your existing 3G modem disappoint you, currently? And how much does it cost?

  8. The subscription seems very pricey.

  9. Why would I trade in my USB stick for this? I am missing the advantage. I don’t frequently use 2 devices at the same time while on the road.

  10. The personal wifi bubble makes a huge amount of sense. For cars, for trains…it makes the mobile internet easily accessible…no more drivers, no more usb sticks. The MiFi is evolutionary, because it is obvious, but ease of use, ease of sharing make it revolutionary.

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