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Wireless Networking Communications Toys Hardware

A Real-World Test of the Verizon MiFi 118

Posted by kdawson
from the cool-things-in-small-packages dept.
uninet writes "Over the course of a few days last week, I was able to spend a good deal of time with Verizon's amazing little MiFi 3G router. It admirably performed its task of providing speedy Wi-Fi Internet to other devices via an EvDO Rev. A connection. Ironically, the device even improved the experience of using the iPhone, making it usable for surfing where its native network (AT&T) doesn't even connect."
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A Real-World Test of the Verizon MiFi

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  • I know, it's all wow-ee-wow-oo-oo, but I'm still not impressed. If you're on the road a lot and can justify the extra cost of cellular access, yes, it's very cool. For everyone else, not so much. I just can't pay for a home plan and a wireless plan or multiple wireless plans for myself and my family. It's a luxury I can't justify.

    We've got phones that are palmtop computing devices, internet access devices, phones, cameras, video cameras, and music/video players all in one. Device makers are embracing the mantra of integration. Is it that the wired arms of the telcos can't vertically integrate home and wireless access into affordable bundles due to anti-trust concerns or is it that they currently see that keeping them separate maximizes profit because the market just isn't demanding "internet anywhere" convenience at a workable price point?
  • Irony (Score:4, Insightful)

    by amicusNYCL (1538833) on Tuesday June 02, 2009 @04:59PM (#28188607)

    Ironically, the device even improved the experience of using the iPhone, making it usable for surfing where its native network (AT&T) doesn't even connect.

    How exactly is that "ironic"?

  • OH MAN! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by areusche (1297613) on Tuesday June 02, 2009 @05:10PM (#28188749)
    Think of all the funny man-in-the-middle pranks you can play on desperate business travelers in airports with "free public wifi"!
  • by bzzfzz (1542813) on Tuesday June 02, 2009 @05:26PM (#28188939)
    The delay in integration is because spectrum and construction costs for wireless broadband are still high enough to allow it to compete economically with wired alternatives. Wireless broadband has been and still is a product for people more concerned with ubiquity and convenience than cost or bandwidth.
  • Re:Nothing new (Score:4, Insightful)

    by darjen (879890) on Tuesday June 02, 2009 @08:35PM (#28190651)

    It's the size and convenience. None of your mentioned solutions offer anything close to the MiFi form factor. Try fitting your Soekris board in your pocket.

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?