Can’t get enough of my MiFi

SlingPlayer_iPhoneI’d planned on catching up on some work while watching football today, but my wife had other plans. She scheduled brunch with a couple of our friends during the 49ers vs Colts game. I fired up my MiFi and launched Slingplayer on my iPhone so I could steal quick looks at the game. I went to Peet’s Coffee while she went to go meet a couple of here girlfriends. I watched the Green Bay vs. Minnesota game while I caught up on some work on my HP Envy 13. 

I absolutely love the Novatel MiFi card because it just works and helps me get a lot more value out of my Sprint subscription and my iPhone. Right now I’m waiting in my car and am still working away and watching football thanks to my MiFi.

There are certainly some benefits to using built-in 3G modems, but I can’t imagine ever using a modem that plugs into a USB port ever again. The MiFi is still my favorite gadget purchase of the year.  

6 Comments

  1. Rodfather

    11/02/2009 at 2:51 am

    Me too. I love it. It’s getting a lot more use than USB modems in the past.

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  2. DP

    11/02/2009 at 4:53 am

    I’ve held off on getting a MiFi because I hate the fact that it has to be charged. It’s one more thing I have to remember to do. Are its advantages over a USB modem really so significant that I shouldn’t let that bother me?

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  3. tivoboy

    11/02/2009 at 6:14 am

    Would be nice if apple and AT&T just allowed 3G streaming, can we hope for it at least based on the changes now to T&C’s for VOIP applications.

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  4. Xavier

    11/02/2009 at 10:51 am

    @DP Yes, the advantages are so significant that you shouldn’t let it bother you. While it is another device to charge before you head out, you can always use it as a USB modem if it runs out of juice. Or you can charge it off of your notebook/tablet and still use it as a mobile hot spot like I do.
    http://www.gottabemobile.com/2009/10/22/tip-for-mifi-users-get-an-igo-usb-adapter

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  5. DP

    11/02/2009 at 10:06 pm

    @Xavier Thanks for your advice. I’m still a bit leery, but maybe I’ll give it a try. I certainly haven’t read a single negative word about the MiFi anywhere, so perhaps my reluctance to pick one up is just silly!

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  6. Xavier

    11/02/2009 at 11:46 pm

    There are some negatives you might want to consider, but they’re insignificant compared to the benefits of the device. The MiFi does heat up, which makes it uncomfortable enough to avoid keeping in your front pocket for too long.
    I also don’t like that there isn’t a hard on/off switch. The array of blinking lights are annoying too. I still get confused by the different combos.

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