Sprint MiFi To Compete With Verizon.

Posted: May 13 2009, 12:15pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 2:22pm CDT, in News | Hot Gadgets


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Novatell's MiFi 2200 is the prettiest girl at school, and all the silly boys are fighting over her. Sprint just announced that they will also be selling the MiFi 2200 intelligent mobile hotspot for $149.99 before a $50 mail in rebate. The device will allow users to connect their laptops or other WiFi enabled devices to the Sprint 3G network.

There are no physical differences between the Sprint MiFi disk and the Verizon one, but both companies offer different plans. Sprint has a $60 mobile broadband only plan, which gives users 5 GB per month and 5 cents per mb over. You can also pay $150 a month to get the mobile broadband plan, and Sprint's 'Simply Everything' unlimited 3G phone Internet plan. Verizon's plan is $40 a month for 250mb and 10 cents per mb over. They also have a $60 dollar plan that is identical to Sprint's plan.

Personally, I think both plans are more expensive than they are worth. If you have any 3G enabled non-iPhone smartphone you can already connect to your netbook with just a USB connector and some software. Spending an additional sixty bucks a month for (very limited) 3G MiFi access seems a bit excessive.

In my opinion, the best MiFi deal that exists is Verizon's 15 dollar day pass. If you're someone who can afford emergency Internet access, you can pick up a MiFi and use it only for emergency Internet access. I wouldn't want to pay $15 bucks for a day of Internet very often, but it's still much preferable to letting random Internet outages hurt your bottom line. This is definitely more of a 'corporate use' device than a consumer one.

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