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47T\'s Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Sep 6, 2010 6:48 AM
Has anyone tried this new Virgin Mobile MiFi yet? Heard it's unlimited data and works great with iPhone and iPad. Seems to be sold out everywhere I go so I'm assuming it must be good. Please let me know since I'd love to have unlimited data on iPhone and iPad anywhere I go. FaceTime too

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  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,530 points)
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    Sep 6, 2010 6:50 AM (in response to 47T\'s)
    I have a Verizon MiFi and it works great with the iPhone. As it's the same hardware as the Virgin Mobile I would expect it to work well also. As long as you have Sprint 3G coverage where you will be using it (Virgin leases the Sprint network).

    And yes, it's unlimited data for $40/month, with no contract and the ability to turn service (and billing) on and off at will.

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  • Delta5 Calculating status...
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    Sep 7, 2010 11:30 AM (in response to 47T\'s)
    I bought one a couple of weeks ago. I love it. In a nutshell, this is the way mobile internet should be. It is exceptionally handy to be able to make a hotspot for everyone around you. No more limitation of "just" the iPhone or "just" the iPad while on the move. No tweaking, no hacking, no cables to connect, no paying AT&T another $20 month against your 2GB cap. It just works.

    Speeds sucked for a few days last week. VirginMobile's servers got overloaded from all us geeks wanting the service. I read that a VM engineer said that their network demand quadrupled in less than 48 hours. But it's fixed now, and speeds are great. I see 1.1-1.2mb download speeds. That's about half as fast as I can get in a "good" AT&T 3G coverage area, but I find that the MiFi's speeds seem more consistent. As with any celluar device, that's going to vary from place to place.

    I can confirm that FaceTime calls do work. I made a few test FaceTime calls while driving (well, riding - I wasn't driving) down the highway. It's a little bit more choppy than on a landline broadband, but it does work. And when the MiFi is stationary, it works as well as my home DSL.

    I'm not paying AT&T for my iPad 3G's data anymore. I'm considering dropping the dataplans down on my iPhone's too. Anyone considering an iPad 3G should put the $130 premium into a MyFi instead. A 'regular' iPad + Myfi is a far more versatile setup than just an iPad 3G. And I say that as a MiFi and iPad 3G owner!
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), 64GB iPad 3G, iPhone 4
  • Michael Ginsberg Level 3 Level 3 (875 points)
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    Sep 8, 2010 9:55 AM (in response to Delta5)
    I also use a MiFi for my iPhone, kids iPod Touches and Macs. It does indeed work with FaceTime. One issue that I have, is that I am using the MiFi A LOT more and found the battery life wasn't that great. There is a new 3X battery for the MiFi available, you can read the review below.

    http://www.evdoinfo.com/content/view/3336/179/
    All Macs, Ipods, Iphgon4
  • yellowballs Calculating status...
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    Sep 10, 2010 4:45 AM (in response to Michael Ginsberg)
    So does anyone know which network Virgin is actually using? How good their service will be? I heard it isn't very good at the moment.

    I started a portable wifi company in the UK (http://www.mificlub.com) and am looking to roll it out in the USA. I think Virgin mobile is the way to go. By the way, if anyone wants to help me in the USA, it'll be great.
    MB Pro 15 inch, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,530 points)
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    Sep 10, 2010 5:21 AM (in response to yellowballs)
    The Virgin MiFi is on the Sprint "3G" (EVDO) network. Sprint owns Virgin Mobile in the USA.
    Lenovo T-60, Intel iMac , Dell/Ubuntu 8, iPhone 3GS iOS 4.0.1, Windows XP Pro, Leopard 10.5.4
  • gallai Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Nov 24, 2010 9:54 PM (in response to yellowballs)
    Have you set up your US operations yet? Maybe I can help from NYC.
    I'll send you a message through your website.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), surrounded by Macs

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