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All posts tagged "mifi"


Friday, January 14, 2011

Hotspot Option Creates Choices, MiFi or iPhone?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

http://gigaom.com/mobile/goodbye-mi...GigaOM:+Mobile)

"Wednesday's anticipated Verizon iPhone launch event offered one surprise: users can share the 3G data connection with five devices, turning the iPhone into a mobile hotspot."

And so the dilemma is to keep the MiFi Mobile Hotspot or go ahead and make the jump to the iPhone 4. I too, am going through the process, trying to determine if I should keep my Verizon MiFi. On one hand, it would be handy to have another iPhone just in case something happened to my current iPhone on AT&T, allowing me to still have communication capabilities, something I cannot do with my MiFi. And I wouldn't have to carry more than one charger like I do now. And the issue about not being able to use voice and data simultaneously would be moot since this isn't going to be a primary phone. What are your thoughts?


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Make Your iPod Touch Into a VoIP Phone Without Jailbreaking!

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPods" @ 04:30 PM

http://lifehacker.com/5636976/how-t...tm_medium=email

"The latest iPhone and iPod touch are nearly identical devices, ignoring the pesky reality that the latter isn't a phone. We can fix that. Here's how to turn your iPod touch into a viable (and cheaper) iPhone alternative out of the box."

Looking for a way to reduce your mobile phone bills? Without jailbreaking, it is easy to turn your iPod Touch (and a headset) into a VoIP phone, assuming that you have a WiFi connection when needed. Skype (free if using skype-to-skype) and Line2 (formerly available mainly to jailbreakers, free app, $10/month cost) are good options, as is Fring. All provide good connections with a good WiFi signal. And, of course, SIP apps work as well.

Downsides? Skyping works well within Skype (skype-to-skype), but if you want (or need) a real phone number, it's not free. Line2 is a solid app, but needs to be running in the background, otherwise calls go to voice mail. A $10 monthly fee includes unlimited calling in the US and Canada, and is quite reasonably when compared to carrier post-paid costs.

No WiFi or in a car? You'll need a cellular data plan (and hardware) like Verizon's MiFi or Sprint's Overdrive: a small box that provides an instant hot-spot for about $60 per month for 5GB of data. Coverage is good, but this is a good alternative only if you make a lot of mobile calls (and of course use the cellular data).

Real World results? In a test while cruising the LA freeway system using a MiFi box, VoIP call quality was better than native iPhone calls, lag was more noticeable, dropped calls were about the same, but dropped much less gracefully than native iPhone calls. Overall, pretty equivalent. A downside here: yet another gadget to carry around, and the MiFi battery doesn't have a very long life. Don't forget the power cord.

The article also mentions Siphon SIP/VoIP for jailbroken iPod Touches. Similar to Fring, but better iOS integration.

I can see this technology being invaluable for international travel, to avoid those $120 phone calls.


Monday, October 18, 2010

Two Takes on the iPad and Verizon MiFi

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 02:00 AM

http://brooksreview.net/2010/10/mifi-ipad/

"Yesterday brought news of Verizon offering the iPad for sale in its stores by the end of the month and that they would bundle the iPad with a MiFi (portable WiFi hotspot, using the 3G data network). After posting about the announcement I posted this link to the Atlantic that talked about the pricing of the data plans for the iPad (AT&T 3G equipped iPad versus WiFi iPad with MiFi from Verzion)."

Image Credit: iphonehelp.in

Ben Brooks from Brooks Review goes on to explain his take on using the WiFi only version of the iPad with the Verizon MiFi, versus buying a 3G version. I read this article with interest, as I too couldn't wait for the 3G version and have used my iPad with the MiFi whenever I'm in an area without Wi-Fi service. However I don't find that it is the bothersome combination that Ben relates. But I'm coming at it from a different set of circumstances. I'm not without Wi-Fi service very often, so pulling out the MiFi is an infrequent task for me. I will agree that battery life on the MiFi is problematic, so you do have to be prepared for that in case you are going to be on the Verizon network for any length of time. If my situation was more similar to Ben's, then I might have the same annoyances. Before you make your choice of 3G or no 3G, make sure you review how you are going to be using it otherwise you may end up being aggravated.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Everyone is Selling the iPad!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:04 AM

http://images.apple.com/v2010100115.../14ipadatt.html

"AT&T* and Apple® today announced that all three iPadTM Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available at more than 2,200 AT&T Stores starting Thursday, October 28. AT&T will offer customers 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad, complete with Apple's easy on-device activation and management. All iPad data plans are available without a term contract and include unlimited access to AT&T's 23,000+ domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots."

Target is selling the iPad now, while Wal-Mart is set to begin selling the iPad starting October 15th. Sam's Club will also be selling it in the near future, so I guess it was just logical that AT&T get in the mix. But that is not all. Verizon is also set to begin selling the Wi-Fi version of the iPad at the end of October, with an optional bundle that includes the MiFi Hotspot for an extra $130.00 USD. Since you can't use the iPad 3G on the Verizon network, this is a good option (I do the same thing with my Wi-Fi only iPad) and it turns out the price difference is what you would pay for a 3G version of an iPad.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Create Your Own MiFi

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/02/1...own-3g-hotspot/

"So you like the idea of the MiFi but you already have a 3G USB stick, eh? The Wi-REACH aims to give you the best of both worlds with a $99 cradle that turns your 3G USB stick into a Wi-Fi hotspot."

I still have an old Verizon USB Modem laying around somewhere and would definitely give this a shot if I didn't already have a MiFi. You can even have up to 10 devices share the signal, even though I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want that many taking up my bandwidth!


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