Create your own hotspot while on the go


PERSONAL HOTSPOT: The PortaWiFi USB dongle with both home and in-car chargers.

By ZAM KARIM bytz@thestar.com.my

CELCOM has introduced its PortaWiFi bundle which would allow users to create their own personal hotspot at home and in the car.

The package comes with a MiFi-like wireless device that can share Celcom’s Internet broadband connection with up to five devices.

Unlike a standard MiFi device, the PortaWiFi is a USB dongle (manufactured by Huawei) that doesn’t have a built-in battery. Users will have to use the bundled power adaptor to hook it up to a car charger or power outlet.

The dongle is not locked to a particular network but it has been configured to work best with Celcom’s broadband connection which has a speed of up to 21Mbps (megabits per second).

There are several broadband packages to choose from with prices starting at RM68. Users will also have to pay a one-time registration fee of RM40 and purchase the dongle for RM159.

At the launch, Celcom also announced that it’s offering the Huawei MediaPad tablet at an attractive price to those who subscribe to its First Voice and Data plan.

The MediaPad is a lightweight 7in tablet powered by a 1.2Ghz dual-core processor and has 1GB RAM. It also has a rear 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chats. For wireless connectivity it has 3G HSDPA, WiFi and Bluetooth.

Users can purchase the tablet for as low as RM299 when they sign up for the First Voice and Data plan. The tablet retails for RM999.

++++ www.celcom.com.my

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