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Novatel to Offer Mobile Hotspot Creator Via Carriers

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Dec 9, 2008, 9:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Novatel announced a new product it calls MiFi. The MiFi is a wireless modem that will be provisioned and sold through wireless network operators. It will connect to the Internet via the carriers' 3G data networks and then allow multiple other devices to connect to it via Wi-Fi. The MiFi is very small and has a rechargeable battery that can last on standby for 40 hours and provide for 4 hours of continuous use. Other vendors offer similar products, but the MiFi is among the smallest. It will be available in early 2009 and will cost $200 before carrier subsidies.

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Dec 9, 2008, 10:21 PM

windows phones can do this

This can be done with a program called "WMWiFi Router", you can download it at wmwifirouter.com. I use it with the htc fuze and have used it with the htc tilt, it works very well for sharing your cellular data plan with another wifi device!

Dec 9, 2008, 3:33 PM

A Ripoff of CradlePoint's Portable Hotspot PHS 300

Cradlepoint already has a devices thats slightly bigger than a deck of cards and has a rechargeable battery. Its a portable wifi EVDO/EDGE router. Just connect a USB modem and BAM!! You got a portable hotspot.

http://cradlepoint.com/phs300/phs300.php »

Difference is you pay for just one USB modem service from Verizon, ATT, etc. I am guessing this Novatel device will cost more per month direct from the carrier. BLAHHH!

At first I thought the same thing. But it seems definitely different. It mixes the USB modem and PHS 300 together in one package. One less device to carry around and if it is carrier specific it should be preconfigured so no need to have a PC in order...
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