MiFi: the ultimate wifi sharing!

As I was surfing Boston.com this morning, I ran into this: MiFi. WhatFi you ask? MiFi, offered by Verizon wireless, Fuses 3G cellular data with wireless WiFi router. Essentially, for all of the not-so-techie folks out the, Mifi means a small, lightweight, battery powered wireless device that can broadcast broadband internet to you and up to 4 friends in your immediate area (about 30 or 40 feet). So if your taking a family road trip and understand how nice it would be to enable the kids to have their own wireless internet lines (thus keeping the ambient noise to a minimum) you can probably appreciate the possibilities that this technology brings forth. For the techies out there who are wondering how this new device proves revolutionary, for one, although it does use the same technologies implemented in traditional WiFi routers, what it does create is the ability to build a full service, mobile work group. And at a pretty affordable price.

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The MiFi retails for $99.99 after $50 mail-in rebate and Verizons monthly service is about $60. I think this new implementation of WiFi technology will prove highly useful to not only personal users, but businesses as well. Companies often have more than one employee traveling together, a situation where with MiFi, all of the employees could work together on internal projects in the same way that they would back in the office (accessing files on a central server). The same potential that computer servers offer corporate American, now exists with WiFi mobile broadcasting as well.

Ok, so I’ve given my 2 cents. What do you guys think to say about it? And more importantly, how can it help you or your business

And also, do the name “MiFi” work? I mean after all the whole concept is sharing WiFi with others, not mi!