Verizon Rolls Out 3G Wi-Fi Hotspot

The MiFi uses Verizon's mobile broadband to create a personal Wi-Fi cloud to connect up to five devices to the Internet.

Marin Perez, Contributor

May 7, 2009

2 Min Read

MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot
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MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot

Verizon Wireless introduced a device that will enable mobile workers to connect multiple devices to the Internet while on the go.

The carrier announced Tuesday the MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, which uses the company's mobile data network to create a personal Wi-Fi cloud. Unlike 3G data cards sold by Verizon and other mobile operators, the MiFi can connect up to five devices at a time to the Internet.

The MiFi, which is made by Novatel Wireless, uses the carrier's EV-DO Rev. A network for Internet connectivity, and it can provide downlink speeds up to 3.1 Mbps. Users can connect devices like the Samsung Omnia, laptops, digital cameras, an iPod Touch, or any device with a Wi-Fi radio.

"With projected growth rates of over 30% for Wi-Fi mobile phones, MiFi will be of great benefit to both business customers and consumers," said Mike Lanman, VP for Verizon Wireless, in a statement. "It gives customers the flexibility to transform their Wi-Fi enabled consumer electronic into mobile broadband devices and to choose how and when they need to be connected at a price point that will match most budgets."

The MiFi has a portable design, and it measures 3.5 by 2.3 by 0.4 inches and weighs a little more than 2 ounces. The wireless hotspot device will be available on May 17 for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Users can sign up for a $39.99 monthly plan for 250 MB of data, or a $59.99 plan for up to 5 GB of data. Additionally, customers will be able to sign up for 24-hour access for a $15 fee.

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