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It’s a Verizon Weekend – MiFi and HP Mini Getting Served Up



36558_mifi_handVerizon is set to capture the attention of geeks everywhere this weekend with the official launch of the MiFi 2200 and the HP Mini 1151NR.

The HP Mini will included embedded Verizon WWAN for $199 after a $50 rebate. The MiFi 2200 will run $269 (non-upgrade price). Personally, I think embedded WWAN is a bad choice for anyone as it locks the service to that one computer. For flexibility reasons, I much prefer a USB based modem or Verizon’s new MiFi wireless router which has embedded WWAN in it. Monthly rates for Verizon wireless are $60 per month with a 5GB cap with daily plans running about $15 per day.

I’m a heavy user of Verizon’s USB727 WWAN modem right now, but I definitely see myself making the switch to the MiFi router sometime in the near future. The size and flexibility the MiFi offers is simply too irresistible to pass up. Anyone have plans to pick one up this Sunday? Will you be using this for mostly business purposes, personal, or both?

Be sure to check out James Kendrick’s excellent coverage on the MiFi, where he’s reporting that some Verizon stores will sell you a MiFi today!



  1. brook

    05/15/2009 at 7:57 am

    I spoke to a friend at local Verizon, she will hold one aside for me, the Viliv s5 will enjoy the freedom.

  2. C

    05/15/2009 at 9:08 am

    It does seem IRresistable. I just wish they had a higher bandwidth cap or make it unlimited.

  3. C

    05/15/2009 at 9:09 am


  4. Mike

    05/16/2009 at 9:50 am

    Trying to pick one up today before they launch tomorrow with no luck. All the stores I’ve contacted have it in stock but they won’t sell it today (brilliant marketing plan Verizon to launch on a Sunday). Thank you Verizon for turning my money away, no wonder companies are going BK in the US

  5. Carl

    05/16/2009 at 4:56 pm

    Sounds positive. I’m one still using dial-up, my only other option has been the satellite service because I didn’t want to be limited to one device only, with Verizon. With this system it sounds like I can access all 3 home computers and my ipod plus one guest.

    Question: For a non-tech person can anyone explain the speed difference between Satellite internet and this 3G setup?

  6. Uccjzjbu

    07/01/2009 at 1:36 am

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