Virgin Mobile’s MiFi gives users contract-free Wi-Fi hotspot

“Everyone loves mobile data — get your Web fix, check your e-mail and peek at your Facebook account while on the go. But no one loves the cost of mobile data. AT&T, home of the iPhone, charges $15 per month for 200MB of data and $25 for 2GB of data. Overage on the 2GB plan comes at an additional $10 per 1GB. If you are truly a massive data user, that can add up,” Amanda Kooser reports for AOL Small Business. “Plus, you can’t share your connection with your employees, colleagues or friends.”

MacDailyNews Note: AT&T’s iPad data plans are actually $14.99 for 250 MB and $25 for 2GB, unless you’re grandfathered in to a renewable unlimited data plan (like us).

“This is where the MiFi 2200 comes in. MiFi is a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot that can share a 3G data connection with up to five devices, including laptops,” Kooser reports. “The actual MiFi 2200 device has already been available through Verizon Wireless (where it requires a contract to get a price break), but now Virgin Mobile, known for its contract-free cell phone plans, has its hot little hands on it. That means you get unlimited data for $40 per month — with no ongoing contract. There is also an option for a $10 plan for 100MB that can be used during a 10-day window. That equates to about five hours of Web browsing. It’s a smart choice for keeping up with e-mail and other simple Web tasks during vacations or short business trips. Otherwise, go for the gold and go unlimited.”

Kooser reports, “The MiFi hardware runs about $150.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Competition – real competition – is to be encouraged at all times, especially among overpriced control freaks who like to think they’re more than dumb pipes when they’re not.

70 Comments

  1. I’ve got a buddy who has that virgin mifi set up with a new ipod touch and he is one happy damn camper. The mifi is pretty small, so he just turns it on, slides it in his pocket and forgets about it. He uses a cell phone very rarely, so he’s going to maybe set up skype or something similar and he’ll be good to go. It works a lot better than I thought it would.

  2. I’ve got a buddy who has that virgin mifi set up with a new ipod touch and he is one happy damn camper. The mifi is pretty small, so he just turns it on, slides it in his pocket and forgets about it. He uses a cell phone very rarely, so he’s going to maybe set up skype or something similar and he’ll be good to go. It works a lot better than I thought it would.

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