Yesterday's news that hackers had figured a way to illicitly access the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 and pull out GPS location data had some users looking anxiously at their personal internet hotspot. Novatel's official comment on the situation has come in, and the company are basically saying that while the likelihood of encountering the problem is slight, they're still planning a security patch that will close off the hole.
Novatel Wireless' MiFi personal 3G hotspot has won plenty of admirers, but that attention has also uncovered a security loophole that could allow third-parties to not only discover a user's GPS position but extract their entire configuration remotely. The issue, identified by EvilPacket's Adam Baldwin, has been shown to affect the MiFi 2200 units sold by Verizon and Sprint in the US; users need only visit a certain webpage to reveal their location or have configuration settings changed.
D-Link's myPocket 3G mobile router has cleared the FCC, and with it some specification details for all of those wondering how this differentiates itself from Novatel's MiFi. According to the user manual, the myPocket 3G supports 850/1900MHz HSPA 7.2Mbps, making it ideal for the US market, and unlike the MiFi it can connect to up to 16 (rather than five) WiFi b/g clients at any one time.
Dear Canada, you've been very patient but your MiFi wait is over. Having announced back in October that the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2372 "intelligent mobile hotspot" was coming to Bell Mobility in November 2009, the carrier has waited until the very end of the month to put the 3G-sharing battery powered router on sale. However, on sale it is, and as of today Canadians looking to share a single 3G HSDPA/HSUPA connection between up to five WiFi devices can do so for $99.95 with a new, three year agreement.
With the holidays fast approaching cell phone carriers are stocking up on inventory and amongst the new Motorola DROIDs, HTC Heroes, and Palm Pixies are a slightly larger, yet unfamiliar crop of devices – netbooks. AT&T is all giddy about its exclusive availability of the Nokia Booklet 3G and Sprint announced just yesterday that it will be selling the Dell Inspiron Mini 10V. Verizon already has three netbooks in its arsenal, including HP’s new powerful Mini 311. Clearly, lining up the selection isn’t a problem, but what the carriers haven’t figured out yet is that selling netbooks requires a totally different approach than selling phones. The deals and the subsidized model, in my mind, make as much sense for netbooks as building and then plowing a virtual Farmville farm!
Novatel Wireless' HSPA+ MiFi has made it to North America, but before US readers storm their nearest GSM carriers it's Canada that gets the speedy goods. The Novatel MiFi 2372 is just one of Canadian carrier Bell Mobility's new HSPA+ devices, taking advantage of the new high-speed network set to go live in November.
It packs all the grace of an FM radio, but the NEC Aterm WM3300R distinguishes itself not by aesthetics but by packing a WiMAX radio and WiFi router into a palm-sized device. Basically a MiFi but for WiMAX rather than 3G connections, the WM3300R offers up to 40Mbps downlinks and up to 10Mbps uplinks, together with a removable 1,880mAh Li-Ion battery.
MiFi 2200 owners in the US have a treat in store, with a new firmware update available seemingly for both the Verizon and Sprint versions of the intelligent mobile hotspot. The new firmware addresses WiFi compatibility issues with the Nintendo DS and BlackBerry Curve, as well as - for the Sprint MiFi 2200 at least - enabling "international roaming". However don't get too excited; that doesn't mean Novatel have suddenly unlocked GSM support in the hitherto CDMA-only hotspot.
Mobile internet sharing looks to be one of the key sales messages for smartphones over the next few months; we've already heard HTC talking up their connection sharing app on the HD2, and now Verizon are tipped to be promoting MiFi action on the upcoming BlackBerry Storm2. According to a leaked marketing page from the CDMA carrier, the "Totally New Storm2" would launch on October 21st with "MiFi capability"; however that date was later retracted.