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Monday, July 13, 2009

Verizon MiFi Because AT&T Coverage Is Horrible

It's a good thing the iPhone is a great device because AT&T's coverage is terrible. And even when you get a handful of bars -- calls still get dropped -- but that's a whole different blog post. One of the further problems with AT&T's network and iPhone functionality is when you're not using a WiFi connection you can't download large files or use certain apps like the Slingbox app.

You should check out the Verizon MiFi 2200. It takes advantage of Verizon's far superior (to AT&T anyway) EV-DO broadband network and converts it to a Wi-Fi signal that up to five people can use. Extremely helpful when you're traveling and you and/or your team needs broadband wireless. When don't we need it these days. All you have to do is turn it on and the signal is there.

The MiFi charges per data usage and in my opinion is a bit pricey. Currently, a max of 5 gb will cost you $59.99 a month. On top of already high phone bills, that $60/month could be a dealbreaker. If you travel a lot, it may be worth the money to know you can get broadband just about anywhere and share it. When prices come down devices like this will be in high demand.

It's a shame Verizon Wireless couldn't/wouldn't make a deal with Apple for the iPhone. Until they do, devices like the MiFi 2200 will give us the support we need for the network we wish the iPhone had.

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