MiFi from Three

What We Think

You can choose 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, 7GB and 15GB allowance packages from Three which include (or don’t include) the Mi-Fi modem.

Accessory Review

MiFi is perfect for people with Wi-Fi enabled devices such as the iPad or Kindle. The Mi-Fi creates a wireless hotspot and uses the 3G network to connect to the net, meaning you can connect your Wi-Fi device (and others) through your Mi-Fi to the internet.

MiFi is the name of the service. The modem itself is the E585 device from Huawei.

Like a dongle

It’s small enough to fit in your pocket. Mi-Fi is no bigger than a 3G dongle, but has a Wi-Fi router onboard meaning you don’t have to find a wireless network or attach any wires to your Kindle, iPad, iPod Touch or Netbook in order to log onto the net.

The Mi-Fi modem and router is created by Huawei and distributed in the UK by Three. You can choose 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, 7GB and 15GB allowance packages from Three which include or don’t include the Mi-Fi modem dependent on the package you choose.

Putting that into perspective:

Send 1000 HTML Emails
Surf the Web for 10 hours
Download 5 four minute videos
Download 32 four minute music tracks

What’s in the box

Wireless modem
Battery charger (Std. 3-pin)
Micro USB 2.0 cable
Quick Start Guide
SIM card
Using Mi-Fi is simple. Just switch the Mi-Fi dongle on, connect it to the Three network and choose the Wi-Fi function. Then sync your iPod Touch, iPad, Netbook or whatever you’re using to the Mi-Fi’s Wi-Fi network. It really is that simple.

Whilst reviewing the Mi-Fi dongle, we got speeds of up to 3Mbps – occasionally hovering around 5Mbps. Mi-Fi’s battery lasted 5 hours in our test although can go on indefinitely when plugged into a USB port.

The software that comes with Mi-Fi also allows you to manage your Three account, send and receive text messages and change settings for your Wi-Fi connection.

Award winner

The Mi-Fi won the Macworld 2010 Best iPad Accessory Winner. So if it can win over the Apple fanboys, it’s probably worth taking note of.

Mi-Fi is soon to be available on Vodaphone – so if you’re still considering Mi-Fi, wait to see the prices Vodaphone have before you buy.

Our Verdict

MiFi is perfect for people with Wi-Fi enabled devices such as the iPad or Kindle. The Mi-Fi creates a wireless hotspot and uses the 3G network to connect to the net, meaning you can connect your Wi-Fi device (and others) through your Mi-Fi to the internet.

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