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Three Introduces New 'one-touch’ MiFi

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Three Introduces New 'one-touch’ MiFi

We were big fans of the original 3 MiFi Huawei E5830 and over the last eight months it has developed something of a cult audience. One that will likely grow on the back of this...

Three has now unveiled the new ‘one-touch’ MiFi (Huawei E585), so-called because setup is now possible with... yep, you guessed it. Other benefits include an improved display with OLED screen that shows information like the amount of data used, speed of the current connection and length of browsing time. There is also an online dashboard that works with any browser and the device can be charged and be used at the same time.

For those not in the know, MiFi devices connect to a mobile broadband service then throw out the data connection in the form of a mini WiFi hotspot which your other devices can connect to. It's as simple as they come and convenient - obviously depending on the strength and quality of your particular 3G signal.

Perhaps the best part is MiFi devices are extremely affordable and the new one touch comes in at just £49.99 on PAYG. So if you would prefer a single connection for all your gadgets on the move (or just fancy saving some cash on the WiFi only edition of the iPad) you'll be able to snap one up from July.

Link: Press Release

Brian ONeill

June 14, 2010, 1:54 pm

I am currently sitting in a Dublin hotel which has got wired internet but no wifi, and common travellers problem. Will any of these devices take a network cable input then broadcast it to wifi? Would be handy for my iphone etc.

timple

June 14, 2010, 2:41 pm

Or you just get Joikuspot for your S60 phone http://www.joikushop.com/

Luan Bach

June 14, 2010, 2:47 pm

Do you have your laptop ? http://tnerd.com/2007/07/25/ho...

Nitsson

June 14, 2010, 3:43 pm

Not really, this unit is for sharing a 3G connection only as I understand it. You could use a mini router however, e.g. this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Mini-Wir...

Chrispynutt

June 14, 2010, 4:23 pm

Brian: I think you need an Asus WL-330gE the product page is here: http://www.asus.com/product.as...

Chris

June 14, 2010, 5:31 pm

In much the same vein as the eBay link, this one will broadcast a 3G or Ethernet connection (as usually supplied by a hotel) and also has a built in battery for when you're out and about (much like a MiFi). It's received a few media awards as well.





http://www.zoom.com/products/m...

Yan

June 15, 2010, 12:23 am

Following what timple said, Symbian phones can already do this for free, Android (2.2) phones can do this for free, and anyone with a laptop and a USB modem can do this for free too, so it does seem a rather pointless and self-defeating, since 3 are the only network that actually allows you to use wifi-tethering on your phone.

Brian ONeill

June 15, 2010, 12:32 am

Thanks guys, will check out those links :-)

scaramanga

June 15, 2010, 4:35 am

Does anyone know if these devices will be unlocked? If I were able to use it with SIMs available abroad while on business trips/holidays I'd consider taking the plunge on one of these.

Brian ONeill

June 15, 2010, 4:34 pm

Thanks to Luan Bach for the lead. I never knew you could convert a laptop into a hotspot.





I found this great free software for windows 7:


http://www.connectify.me





It works a treat :-) TR should do an article on this as other users would find it useful.

Rob 14

June 23, 2010, 1:49 am

Brian, as ever, should have bought a Mac. Any Mac can share a wired connection over it's wifi, without any extra software.

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