If you live and work in a major metropolitan area, there’s a good chance that you can find a reliable Wi-Fi hotspot here or there. However, there are definitely neighborhoods that aren’t quite so hyper-connected, so how are you supposed to access the web then? Sprint and Novatel have come to the rescue.
While you could certainly buy a single dongle to connect a single laptop to the Internet, it’s much more convenient to set up a Sprint Mobile Hotspot with the Novatel MiFi 2200. You might remember this credit card-sized device from CES earlier this year.
You don’t need a wireless card or a separate modem for this to work. Instead, the Novatel MiFi is an all-in-one device that latches onto the Sprint network and translates that 3G wireless data connection into a WiFi hotspot. This hotspot can then be used by any WiFi-compatible device in the area.
Naturally, you’ll need a data plan to go with the Sprint-Novatel MiFi 2200 if you want to access your newly created Sprint Mobile Hotspot. The monthly wireless data (only) plan is $60. The MiFi is listed at $150, but there’s a $50 mail-in rebate (with two-year contract) to bring that down to a net price of a hundred bucks.