PETALING JAYA: Ever wanted to have wireless broadband wherever you go without the hassles of having to plug in a USB dongle? Or perhaps you have a Sony PSP or an Apple iPad which won’t accept USB dongles?
DiGi Telecommunications has a solution for you in the form of the MiFi, a wireless pocket router that turns you into a walking WiFi hotspot.
The MiFi is essentially a 3G modem router much like the ones you can buy for your home, except that this one is about the size of a mobile phone and runs on its own batteries so it can be slipped into your pocket.
In use, the MiFi has all the features of a regular wireless router, including the latest WPA and WPS security, although by default all security is turned off.
Users can connect up to five devices to the router, with each of the five sharing the Internet connection.
DiGi is offering the MiFi with a 16GB data plan for RM128 per month, which is lower than the RM158 normally charged for the same data package.
There are no extra charges once the 16GB quota has been reached, except that the user will be throttled down to 128Kbps from a typical data speed of 700Kbps.
There is no contract, so users are not committed to a data package beyond the first month of access and are free to keep the MiFi device even if they don’t continue with the package.
However, there is a one-time upfront payment of RM360 for the MiFi device itself.
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