A few weeks back I finally broke down and got a MiFi. Yeah, you’ve certainly read plenty about the mobile hotspot device. I got to put the MiFi to the test over the last few weeks. While I own a separate 3G aircard, and have tethered my BlackBerry using Tetherberry to frequently to surf when a good (free ) wireless hotspot was not available, I have to say…the MiFi is all that! In fact, I hear Judie’s got one on the way — so you know it’s good.
So, what do I like about it? During my week-long trip last week the MiFi proved itself to be the best gear in my bag. That is no exaggeration. I had the MiFi in my bag and was able to connect and stay on top of work (and posts!) no matter where I was. Venture out of the hotel? No problem. I wasn’t scouring for a coffee shop or checking for an open (and unsecure) network. I was able to enjoy some sight-seeing one afternoon and still able to respond to critical emails — while enjoying a break and taking in the scenery of the San Francisco bay. Back at the conference, when many attendees were lamenting the constant drops from the WiFi provided by the hotel (that they had to pay for, no less) — I was able to help a few fellow participants by letting them hop on my MiFi connection.
Since up to 5 device connections can be used simultaneously, the MiFi was able to get a few other people out of a bind. Plus, when my other carrier data connection (cough) was a bit spotty in areas, I found using the MiFi as my hotspot provided a steady, fast, and reliable way to ensure I was always online via my laptop, Bold, or iPhone. Sure, there’s a 5GB cap (and the service is not cheap with the $60 monthly service fee …plus taxes) — but the MiFi has certainly replaced my 3G aircard. Being able to just throw it in a bag (or my jacket pocket) and surf or respond to email from any location was, really, pure bliss. If the MiFi started running out of juice — I would get about 4 or so hours out of it before needing to recharge — I would simply plug it up to my laptop via the micro-USB cable. Sure, I couldn’t share the connection if it was plugged in to the laptop, but the MiFi would charge and let me surf in tethering mode.
This MiFi is definitely a keeper