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Bell MiFi 2372: Novatel respond

Bell MiFi 2372: Novatel respond

Novatel Wireless' MiFi 2372 has been making headlines today after reports surfaced claiming the Bell Mobility version of the portable wireless hotspot had been recalled over safety issues. We've just got off the phone with Rob Hadley, Novatel's CMO, to clear up exactly what happened, and as you might expect the actual story belies the hyperbole. According to Hadley, only two incidents of user-induced damage have been recorded - the Novatel labs suggest that one MiFi 2372 owner used a knife or other sharp object to open the battery compartment, while another used "excessive force" and damaged the battery due to over-compression - and, since damaged lithium ion batteries can overheat, the company decided to redesign the battery door assembly so as to make it easier for customers to remove.

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Novatel 4G WiMAX MiFi and “wearable mobile devices” coming

Novatel 4G WiMAX MiFi and “wearable mobile devices” coming

Interesting news out of Novatel Wireless today, with the company announcing not only that they've completed testing a new, WiMAX version of their popular MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hostpot, but that they're seemingly experimenting with wearable mobile devices.  The new 4G WiMAX MiFi apparently achieved 18Mbps throughput, with a theoretical peak of over 30Mbps downlink and 10Mbps uplink.

MiFi GPS apps get video demo; new versions discussed

MiFi GPS apps get video demo; new versions discussed

We've been waiting to hear about Novatel Wireless' plans for the MiFi portable internet hotspot and their developer program, and it turns out they've been busy working on improving longevity and enabling GPS-linked apps.  UMPC Portal caught up with the company at MWC 2010, and found out that the next-gen MiFi is on course to pack the same 3G sharing over WiFi only with extended battery life, USB charging from a notebook, and new GPS firmware.

Novatel on MiFi GPS hack threat: security patch is coming

Novatel on MiFi GPS hack threat: security patch is coming

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 MiFi exploit reveals GPS position, security settings, more

Novatel MiFi exploit reveals GPS position, security settings, more

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.

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