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T-Mobile Wireless Pointer Leads the Way

David Gilbert


T-Mobile Wireless Pointer Enters Market

Have you ever found yourself holding your laptop up in the air or over your shoulder to find the best wireless connection? If so, and your tired of looking silly in front of your friends, then T-Mobile may have a solution for you.

While Three led the way with MiFi dongles, only last August Vodafone introduced their own version and now T-Mobile want in on the act.

The T-Mobile Wireless Pointer (or MiFi dongle) is now available and will guide you to WiFi nirvana, so you no longer have to search aimlessly for that WiFi sweet spot. The Pointer, which is available on contract or pay-as-you-go, effectively points you towards the best 3G reception in your area and then creates a wireless hot spot for you and up to four other users to connect to.

The Pointer works with both Windows and Mac systems and all users have to do is search for the device and connect. Software will install itself and is automatically updated. T-Mobile claims download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps and has even included a microSD slot (up to 4GB) on the dongle to allow users to easily share files between themselves.

While T-Mobile claims 80 percent mobile broadband coverage in the UK and this device is ideal for those on the move, it still remains to be seen if it will be much of an improvement on the traditional mobile broadband dongle.

Those signing up for a 24-month contract will get the Wireless Pointer for free and pay £15-a-month thereafter. Those using the device on a pay-as-you-go basis will lay out £60 initially as well as an initial £10 top-up. Browsing will then cost £2-a-day, £7-a-week or £15-a-month depending on usage. Neither plan has a browsing limit.

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