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Get Wired with MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot

Written on September 06, 2010 by Aiken Lewis

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Getting wired gets as mobile as your gadget with the hottest-to-date hot spot from Verizon Wireless, Novatel's MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot.

This credit card-like, half-inch thick device can power your surfing at reliable speeds, at any spot in the United States. You can even have your friends come over and share in the connection with you. Power up your group, classroom or field experience with out-of-the-box online knowledge through the .

The , which you can slide into your pocket or bag, works best with at most five people on board. It runs on battery at the probable rate of 4 hours/user or 2.5 hours/for 5 users on full charge. It uses an AC wall charger that connects into the handy machine via a micro USB port.

The installs without frills. Windows users will only need to connect the MiFi to the PC with a USB cable and the device will auto-install the necessary drivers. The integrated VZAccess Manager sorts your hot spot list to distinguish your MiFi connection. Mac users running OS X 10.4 or higher, on the other hand, will have to follow the same procedure, excluding the installation of the VZAccess Manager, since the drivers are pre-built in the OS.

Verizon’s new baby is faring well in the WiFi business, as it delivers full bars of WiFi, in contrast with the minimal AT&T’s iPhone 3G service. Internet speeds vary between 1 and 2 Mbps, which makes it for casual Internet surfing and email-browsing.

But here is the catch: the nifty requires a lesser cost than its service plans:

Monthly $39 — 250 MB (excluding 10 cents/MB for overages)
Monthly $59 — 5 GB (excluding 5 cents/MB for overages.

This seems to work for the back-to-school individual and his/her pals, as all five of you can pitch in for any of the plan. But the services are beyond typical for personal users who want to watch back episodes of Jersey Shore and the like. That would make for an impractical amount of overages. What do you think? Does any of the MiFi service plans fit your economy and interest?

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    the Verizon Mifi is good since it has the widest 3G coverage compared to the other offerings, but beware of the $39.99 plan as 250MB is nothing..you can easily use that in a few good days of use then you are paying extra. Also the Sprint Overdrive is a better alternative for many since it is also 4G in addition to 3G…and 4G is Unlimited and lots faster than 3G…

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