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December 15, 2010

Virgin Mobile MiFi Hotspot

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"Use the MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot to connect up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices to the 3G wireless internet."

Talk about making new friends fast at the airport....

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"Great reasons to choose us":

• Mac or PC

• No contract

• $129 for device

• No credit check

• No activation fee

• Unlimited internet

• Wireless — no dongles

• Compact: 3.5" x 2.4" x 0.25"

• Range of 30–40 feet from device

• 3G connection (via Sprint network)

Cons:

• $129 for device

• Data speeds between 600 and 1,400 Kbps

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One thing worth thinking about: an iPad with a 3G connection costs $129 more than the identical capacity iteration without 3G capability.

But — and it's a big but — if you choose to use the 3G your cost is $14.99/month for 250 MB or $25/month for 2 GB, with serious overage charges.

Using Virgin's MiFi Hotspot will give you unlimited data for that same $129 outlay, though it will cost you $40 as opposed to $14.99 or $25/month.

But — huge but — you can use the very same MiFi Hotspot with a computer wherever you happen to be, giving yourself a lot more flexibility for that extra monthly cost.

Consider also that the iPad 3G works with the AT&T network, considerably less robust than that of Sprint.

One other feature of the Virgin MiFi device is that it doesn't have to be physically attached to a computer but can be kept in your bag or pocket.

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I have one of these and it works like a charm. I also have a 3G iPad. Normally, I find that the $14.99/250mb for the iPad is all I need for day trips into NY, etc. If you are just doing some web browsing and email it is unlikely you'll use up the 250mb in a month.

However, when I'm attending presentations or conventions, I'm using my MacBook Air and sending reports directly to my website. The MiFi is perfect for this as wifi is often unavailable. It can also be used for streaming video, which you never would want to do on a 3G iPad because this eats up a lot of bandwidth.

The unit's major drawback is that it only has about a 3 hour battery life. Luckily the batter is removable so I always carry an extra one with me. In my area, NY/NJ, I've never had a problem connecting to Sprint.

Posted by: Paul Biba | Dec 15, 2010 10:29:28 AM

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