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Topic # 61088 8-May-2010 16:08
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Similar to VF mi-fi what are options for XT portable wifi hotspot? Want to run on 850 network

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  Reply # 327982 8-May-2010 16:31
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There's also an 850 MHz MiFi available.



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  Reply # 327986 8-May-2010 17:04
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Thanks Mauricio. How is the battery life? Had read it was very poor in comparison with the novatel devices. Also seems. a bit clumsy in jacket pocket with USB modem hanging out one end and more susceptible to damage?

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  Reply # 327990 8-May-2010 17:20
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I've seen the battery lasting for at least an hour. But most of the times I use it with the power plugged in. As for the external modem, I usually unpack the whole thing and position somewhere close to a window to be sure of a better reception (in hotels for example) and forget about it. Not a problem really.





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  Reply # 328018 8-May-2010 19:53
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Hey, we will be launching a range of portable gateways (Mobile broadband WIFI hotspot) in the next few months for use on XT & Vodafone or 2Degrees mobile networks. The devices have HSPA+ (21mbps/5.72mbps) embedded modems, SIM in the side, so take advantage of the HSPA+ roll outs underway for all networks. 900/2100 & 850/2100 models will be available.

Looks like it will be a great wee product especially with the external antenna option for improved reception and speed, HSPA+ and USB or battery powered and it will complement our home gateway product we are currently getting to market. Looking at Sub $600 retail.

Wont say to much more but PM me if you have any questions.








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  Reply # 328029 8-May-2010 20:24
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Mauricio 1hr sounds unusable that would barely make a list. If I had to rely on AC for power I could just plug in my Macbook pro and share my xt network as wifi. Novatel claims 4hrs. And not rely on dingle USB modem. Thanks for responses. Will pm on the new device

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  Reply # 328032 8-May-2010 20:26
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Nokia Symbian handset with wifi + Joikuspot and you have a solution, I'd recommend an E series device due to the large battery.

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  Reply # 328056 8-May-2010 21:39
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I'll be watching this thread with interest, was going to start a similar one myself as am looking at getting just the Wi-Fi iPad then using a device to create the hotspot when I'm away from home.

I did notice that D-Link have two products that would be perfect, but all they say are "coming soon":

http://www.dlink.co.nz/products/?pid=824

and this one which is very similar to a Mi-Fi:

http://www.dlink.co.nz/products/?pid=825



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  Reply # 328122 9-May-2010 09:09
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corksta: looking at getting just the Wi-Fi iPad then using a device to create the hotspot when I'm away from home.


This is exactly we are looking for, just got the 64GB iPad Wifi only.  Wife and I both have phones with dataplans (both VF but not good outside of city centres) and I have XT modem and Vodem.  

I wouldn't buy a nokia just for this function (can also jailbreak an iPhone to do the same), but would like the MiFi device to allow access for many devices (iPad/notebooks etc) including the iPhones when get a slow GPRS connection.  

Have Novatel sorted the recall/battery issues with the 2372 (3G 850/1900/2100)?

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  Reply # 328123 9-May-2010 09:12
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I have contacted Novatel a couple of days ago and was told the recall affects only models sold in Canada.

As for the battery life on these devices, the more you use them, the shorter it will be. I can't imagine a device sustaining a mobile connection and having multiple active WiFi connections staying up for long, really. It's not like the batteries are large things...

I am happy with Cradlepoint - lots of options for use in public, or for sharing in meetings if needed to (login required, automatic content filtering through OpenDNS without an account, firewall, QoS and more).






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  Reply # 328131 9-May-2010 10:40
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I emailed D-Link yesterday and asked them when those two products would be released. Got a reply this morning saying it should be in about three months time, and that their product team is currently testing them.



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Aus users were claiming 3-4hrs usage from the Mifi 2372 on Telstra NextG network (850) however need to understand more on what versions are under the recall

Trying to understand if it was just the battery doors that will be replaced in the next version or different packs.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/04/bell-novatel-mifi-2372-deemed-unsafe-for-human-use-recalled/ 

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  Reply # 328835 11-May-2010 11:23
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Symbian handsets, windows mobile handsets, and Rooted Android handsets that are WiFi capable can all do this. Why get another device?

I don't know about the iPhone, but I expect it can also do this (probably needs to be jailbroken though I would think).




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  Reply # 328840 11-May-2010 11:29
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NZtechfreak: Symbian handsets, windows mobile handsets, and Rooted Android handsets that are WiFi capable can all do this. Why get another device?
I don't know about the iPhone, but I expect it can also do this (probably needs to be jailbroken though I would think).


Yes jailbroken iPhones also do the same, however the hotspot will be required without me or my handset.  Need the flexibility.

I have VF for voice/data but also have XT for purely data SIM and this will be used independently of my phone.   

Mauricio, where did you get your cradlepoint? 

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  Reply # 328841 11-May-2010 11:31
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MattD: Aus users were claiming 3-4hrs usage from the Mifi 2372 on Telstra NextG network (850) however need to understand more on what versions are under the recall

Trying to understand if it was just the battery doors that will be replaced in the next version or different packs.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/04/bell-novatel-mifi-2372-deemed-unsafe-for-human-use-recalled/ 


Posted about this recall here, with an update directly from Novatel Wireless. I summary only affects Canadian models.




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