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Virgin Mobile USA MiFi 2200 on sale now for $149.99 contract-free

Virgin Mobile USA MiFi 2200 on sale now for $149.99 contract-free

As expected, Virgin Mobile USA has launched the Novatel MiFi 2200 as its latest mobile broadband offering, pairing the mobile WiFi hotspot with various pre-pay data packages.  Priced at $149.99 for the MiFi itself - which is capable of sharing an EVDO Rev.A 3G connection with up to five WiFi-connected clients - service plans range from $10 for 100MB through to $60 for 5GB of data.

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Pre-pay Virgin Mobile MiFi due June 28th

Pre-pay Virgin Mobile MiFi due June 28th

Virgin Mobile USA are preparing to launch their first MiFi device, seemingly the same Novatel Wireless 2200 model as offered by Sprint and Verizon, only available for the first time in the US on a pre-pay contract.  Spotted by GearLog at a recent Best Buy preview event, the Virgin MiFi will apparently be priced at $149 for the unit itself - contract free - and then data allowance added to it by credit, debit or Virgin top-up card.

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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.

Bell Mobility MiFi 2372 on sale today

Bell Mobility MiFi 2372 on sale today

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.

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MiFi 2200 firmware update adds Sprint CDMA roaming

MiFi 2200 firmware update adds Sprint CDMA roaming

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.

Novatel MiFi adds Eye-Fi, Cloud backup and VPN apps

Novatel MiFi adds Eye-Fi, Cloud backup and VPN apps

Novatel Wireless have announced the first round of applications which will be offered on its MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, including photo uploads, NAS-style network drive functionality, and VPN support.  The apps - which are produced by developer partners Eye-Fi, Nomadesk and Alcatel-Lucent respectively - will run on the applications processor found in the European MiFi 2352 (which we reviewed back in June) and the MiFi 2372 which will offer AT&T and Rogers Wireless HSPA.

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