Verizon MiFi 2200 EV-DO Router Delivers Portable WiFi (With a Hefty Fee)

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The sleek Verizon MiFi portable hotspot converts 3G signals into WiFi for up to five devices, which is pretty sweet. But the monthly fees aren't so pretty.

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Battery life is rated for 4 hours of active use and 40 of standby, and only costs $100 after a $50 rebate when it's released on May 17th. But the monthly fees, oh god, the fees!

The plan will run you $40 a month for 250MB, with 10 cents per MB overage fee, or $60 a month for 5GB. And for some reason, a "Day Pass" costs $15, if you don't want to be tied into a contract but do like paying tons of money. Still, it's a pretty sweet gadget, especially for travellers, though of course portable WiMax would be better if, you know, WiMax was more common. [Engadget]

DISCUSSION

I look at this as a decent alternative to their USB modems. The rates are the same, you have a daily fee option if it is just for emergencies, and it adds flexibility compared to the USB modems. For example, you can put the router by a window while working in a room with poor coverage. You also get to share the connection.

So, if you're likely to go with Verizon anyway, this seems like a decent option.

D.