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a brody Level 9 (65,731 points)
Looks like Virgin Mobile just started a data only $40 a month plan:

http://www.virginmobileusa.com/mobile-broadband/broadband2go.html

Has anyone tried to push its limit to see if they get charged anything extra? Are there any caveats besides coverage of the 3G access?

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  • slash.andy Level 1 (130 points)
    It is truly unlimited. you would need something like the MiFi though...
  • a brody Level 9 (65,731 points)
    Thank you. Can it be any MiFi, or does it have to be one bought from Virgin Mobile?
  • slash.andy Level 1 (130 points)
    Any MiFi device broadcasts a WiFi signal, (802.11 B/G/N), which can be picked up by any WiFi enabled device, such as iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone. (or any laptop as well, for that matter)
  • David M Brewer Level 6 (9,355 points)
    Do you have a particular mifi device that you can recommend? And what about Virgin mobile coverage? ( I guess I could Google this, but, since your here.)
  • a brody Level 9 (65,731 points)
    Virgin Mobile I think uses Sprint's 3G coverage. Their map is here:

    http://www.virginmobileusa.com/check-cell-phone-coverage

    Be sure to fill in the "data coverage" checkbox before searching your zipcode.
  • David M Brewer Level 6 (9,355 points)
    Mifi device? I have been reading about them, but there are good ones and bad one just like anything else.
  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,832 points)
    It would probably have to be one purchased from Virgin (or Sprint) as most phones in the U.S. (and the MiFi is just a highly specialized cell phone) are what is called "subsidy locked" which means they will only work on one carrier's network. So, a MiFi bought from Verizon Wireless, even though it's CDMA, would not work on Sprint's network. And AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM so nothing they sell will work on a CDMA network.
  • a brody Level 9 (65,731 points)
    Typical reasoning. I wish we weren't locked into that, but oh well. Better than waiting till AT&T changes its rates. Thank you.
  • David M Brewer Level 6 (9,355 points)
    Or Verizon comes onto the scene...
  • a brody Level 9 (65,731 points)
    Verizon is already there, just doesn't have capless service.
  • a brody Level 9 (65,731 points)
    I just got the MiFI, luckily my Radio Shack had it in stock. I saw VM did not. The one thing it can't do is Location Services, so GPS is not there.

    Also the MiFi only gets 4 hours of charge, so that I need plugged in the lighter port of my car more often than the iPad. Overall a remarkable device.

    I might add the setup is a pain, works only with Firefox if you have a Mac, but once done, any wifi device can connect.

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  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 (22,065 points)
    I have had the Virgin mifi for a while now and it seems to me they limit it in real life by the slow connection. Yes, you can use it as much as you want, but it frequently operates only at 802.11b speeds, making it completely useless for anything involving video, which effectively chokes the amount of bandwidth you can use.

    It's fine for something like traveling where you just need access in the car for maps and looking up quick info, and are expecting to have reasonably fast wifi at your destination, but you're not going to spend an evening watching streaming movies on this thing. I also doubt I could easily upload 35MB files to my idisk.

    Unlike a brody I have never had to use firefox, but the darn thing does tend to forget it's been set up rather frequently, so if you get one, take your setup info along with you or you could get stuck.

    To anyone considering purchasing one, I would say that in addition to the glowing review that was in the NY times a few weeks ago, you should read the comments in the followup post there. I don't think he really used it enough.

    EDIT My review:http://barbarabrundage.com/2010/09/19/mifi/

    (disclaimer: site has a commercial link on it)
  • a brody Level 9 (65,731 points)
    Gosh darn it, I wish you had come earlier. Now I'm stuck with this thing. Oh well. My wife wasn't able to get video in anycase. Oh now I read your article. Aick...

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  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 (22,065 points)
    Well, on the plus side, you don't have to keep paying if you don't use it, so it's just the upfront cost (not that that isn't plenty). Personally, I wish they offered the 100MB for a month rather than 10 days, since for quick email checking that would be just about right.

    I find that the connection often goes zippity-doo early in the morning, then slows drastically as the day goes on.
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