Vodafone has launched its own branded MiFi device, the second UK network to do so after 3, calling it simply Mobile Wi-Fi.
3 launched its device over a year ago, giving it a head start in the mobile Wi-Fi hotspot market. You can also buy MiFi’s without a contract from online retailers, though it will cost you around £180.
The Mi-Fi is a small battery powered router containing a mobile SIM that enables you to connect multiple devices to it via a local Wi-Fi hotspot, making for an affordable, and simple way to get devices online. It’s a popular choice to combine with an iPad online, without having fork out extra for a 3G enabled version and buying another data plan that you might rarely use - especially as you can use it to get other devices online as well at the same time.
As with Three, the device is manufactured by Huawei. It supports a potential 7.2Mbps HSDPA, and 5.76Mbps HSUPA – though on our congested overloaded mobile networks, those will be very much be theoretical maximums.
It weighs a mere 90g, and claims a battery life of four hours with five users connected, and a standby time of 100 hours. You can of course leave it plugged in, with it charging via USB.
Shelling out £25 a month will garner you one for free on an 18-month plan with a 5GB data cap, or for £15 a month you’ll get a 3GB data cap – but will have to pay £49 for the MiFi. Finally, £20 a month gives a 4GB data allowance at a cost of £29.
The Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi is available now.
Link: Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi.