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Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 Prepaid Mobile Hotspot (Virgin Mobile)

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Virgina Cellular Virgin Mobile Mifi 2200
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Keep up with the rest of the world with this Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 Prepaid Mobile Hotspot. It allows you to connect to your wireless data plan from virtually anywhere. This mobile hotspot device is intended for use with Virgin Mobile plans. It's slim and lightweight, so you can take this unit virtually anywhere. It's easy to set up so you can get connected in just seconds. Virgin Mobile offers exceptionally fast browsing and download speeds for gaming, media streaming, video chat and more.

Virgina Cellular Virgin Mobile MiFi 2200:
  • Virgin Mobile hotspot is easy to set up
  • Requires a data plan from Virgin Mobile
  • Connect your laptop or other device with a wireless card to the internet
  • Runs on battery power, so there's no need to plug it in

Specifications

Features
802.11 b/g, One-touch connectivity, Connect up to five devices
Brand
Virgin Mobile
Model
2200
Wireless Technology
Cellular
Manufacturer Part Number
VMM220NTKIT15L
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
2.30 x 3.50 x 2.00 Inches

Customer Reviews

5 stars
68
4 stars
47
3 stars
10
2 stars
13
1 star
24
Most helpful positive review
9 customers found this helpful
Great Product
This is a great product for somone who wants a alternative to regular internet... I had DSL for years, and after problems with it going in and out. I finally went ahead and bought this product and had it activated with the unlimited plan from Virgin Mobile... At home I average download speeds of HOME: Latency: 187ms Download 1.9MBPS Upload .5 MBPS Work: 210MS 1.1MBPS Upload .6MBPS Good speeds, I play online games, and download music with it!
Most helpful negative review
3 customers found this helpful
Network is down a lot - no customer service
When it works it is great. Faster than 3G. Problem is that the network is down A LOT. When it comes back up you have to reprogram the device. There is no customer service except thru a phone number answered in India. I have held on the line for hours. The number is answered with a loud blaring sound and then "Alex" the voice gives you only billing and tech support options. Virgin Mobile did replace mine when it quit working after 2 months, but they could never get the new one to work for me. I finally tinkered with the old one and got it to work. I returned the new one. Now they are after me because they can't find where I returned it. There is no one to talk to about it except "tech support" and you can only get to them after "Alex" makes you walk thru 7 steps and dialing "1" after each step to "reactivate" your MiFi and you hold for a minimum of 1 hour. I have tried calling at all hours and Alex always tells me that they are busier than usual. I saved a little on the montly rate compared to the ATT wireless card but the network is down almost every time I need it on the road. I have been forced to do major networking on the microscopic iPhone screen. Dont waste your money or you will end up also wasting your time. P.S. you may be able to use it on up to 5 devices but more than 2 really slows it down. AND unlimited use is really 5 MG.
Most helpful positive review
9 customers found this helpful
Great Product
This is a great product for somone who wants a alternative to regular internet... I had DSL for years, and after problems with it going in and out. I finally went ahead and bought this product and had it activated with the unlimited plan from Virgin Mobile... At home I average download speeds of HOME: Latency: 187ms Download 1.9MBPS Upload .5 MBPS Work: 210MS 1.1MBPS Upload .6MBPS Good speeds, I play online games, and download music with it!
Most helpful negative review
3 customers found this helpful
Network is down a lot - no customer service
When it works it is great. Faster than 3G. Problem is that the network is down A LOT. When it comes back up you have to reprogram the device. There is no customer service except thru a phone number answered in India. I have held on the line for hours. The number is answered with a loud blaring sound and then "Alex" the voice gives you only billing and tech support options. Virgin Mobile did replace mine when it quit working after 2 months, but they could never get the new one to work for me. I finally tinkered with the old one and got it to work. I returned the new one. Now they are after me because they can't find where I returned it. There is no one to talk to about it except "tech support" and you can only get to them after "Alex" makes you walk thru 7 steps and dialing "1" after each step to "reactivate" your MiFi and you hold for a minimum of 1 hour. I have tried calling at all hours and Alex always tells me that they are busier than usual. I saved a little on the montly rate compared to the ATT wireless card but the network is down almost every time I need it on the road. I have been forced to do major networking on the microscopic iPhone screen. Dont waste your money or you will end up also wasting your time. P.S. you may be able to use it on up to 5 devices but more than 2 really slows it down. AND unlimited use is really 5 MG.
1-10 of 162 reviews

Great Product

This is a great product for somone who wants a alternative to regular internet... I had DSL for years, and after problems with it going in and out. I finally went ahead and bought this product and had it activated with the unlimited plan from Virgin Mobile... At home I average download speeds of HOME: Latency: 187ms Download 1.9MBPS Upload .5 MBPS Work: 210MS 1.1MBPS Upload .6MBPS Good speeds, I play online games, and download music with it!

Meets expectations

I have read a lot of negative reviews about this product and felt obligated to share my experience. It does not have cable or dsl type speed, but for what it is it works really well. I can't get either of the above mentioned internet services and my satellite internet experience was not a positive one. I regularly get download speeds over 1.0 Mbs and upload speeds of 300 to 500kbps. Not exactly lightening fast but with low ping times compared to satellite, it meets my needs.

Internet access in the country

I bought the Broadband2Go device for a friend who lives too far out of town to get cable, and doesn't have a land line to get DSL. It works very well for her purposes. She doesn't stress the connection, using mostly for email and Skype. I started her off with the WalMart special data package ($20), and she's already renewed that (within a week), and plans to go with the unlimited plan for next time. It's great that you can change when you want to, with no penalty. I also tried the device with two computers at once, and it worked well that way, too.

Will pay for itself

A resort hotel I travel to frequently (4-5 times a year) charges $13 a day for internet access. I bought this MiFi unit from my local Walmart store. I need more than the $10/100MB for a stay, but the special Walmart $20/1GB is a bargain and more than enough for my needs. I love that it's month-to-month and I can top-up only when I need leave for a trip. I figure I'll save $30 each trip and this unit will pay for itself in about a year. I get good coverage where I'm at. Had a minor problem with sign-up, but that was because I mistyped my MSID into the setup wizard (so it was my fault). Easy unit to use--my laptop easily connects to it. I use this for email, light web surfing (mostly news feeds with very little streaming video) and light gaming.

Excellent 3G Connection

I've had this for 10 days. I've used it every day. I use with an iPod touch and on a macBook laptop. I've tested this on speedtest.net about 20 times. The download speed is consistently around 300-500 kpbs which is about 6-10 times faster than "old school" dial up. This 3G runs on Sprint and I've compared to my wifes 3G iPhone (AT&T) and our speeds are consistently similar. The speed on this miFi is exactly as expected for a 3G network. It's slow, but you wouldn't expect 3G to be especially fast. (note: I have gotten speeds in the 500-1,000 kbps range, but these are not the "norm".) The "ping" time is always about 200 ms on my macBook and 400 ms on my iPod touch. This will not work well for downloading video. This will not really work well for downloading anything. This will not be your "primary" internet connection. You should buy this if you want to have an internet connection "on the road". I use this every day on my 25 minute bus ride to and from work. I use it for applications that don't require a lot of bandwidth. This miFi is totally awesome for what it is. It's not cheap, but not too expensive either. This thing combined with a $200 iPod touch is "for all practical purposes" an iPhone without the ability to talk. There's a free app that gives you unlimited text messaging on an iPod touch. One minor problem. It gets fairly warm/hot. I'm not sure if I'd want to run it in my pocket. I leave it sitting out when I'm using it. I don't think it's good for electronics to get hot, but that's just a guess. Last random comment. This thing is tiny, it's less than 1/2 the size of my wife's iPhone, so this combined with my iPod touch is still "overall" the same size as an iPhone.

Good product, for what it's worth

Great product.. I bought this for my iPad and for times when I am away from my primary home-based Wi-Fi network. The price is right and Virgin Mobile's prepaid broadband plans don't break the bank. The only drawback is the fact that Virgin relies on Sprint's data network, which can be spotty in some locations compared to AT&T or Verizon. That being said, if you just need to do some light web surfing or social networking, this product will serve you in good stead.. I don't know if I would recommend it for streaming, though.

Virgin MiFi 2200 - Works Great

The Virgin MiFi 2200 is small and light weight. It charges with any mini USB cord. It also charges using the included AC adapter. WiFi and internet work when plugged in and charging. Battery lasts about 4.5 hours. Works fine for me. I get about 1MBps downloads. Great for on the road. I often take long bus trips and this has good coverage throughout Texas. I often go to Dallas and Houston from San Antonio.

Mostly Good, not perfect

The name says it all - "Broadband2Go", "Mobile Wifi". And my reply is yes and no. This is a 3G based solution which is the same technology that's been driving the iPhone's data since 2007. It's not perfect so if you're thinking you're going to be taking your Comcast Internet speeds with you on the go, think again. It's a little slow, more noticeable on the latency side than on the transfer side. For example, it takes longer to establish connections with websites and e-mail hosts but once those connections are established, the speed of transfer is not materially different from broadband that you're used to. Ok, now that my caveats are out of the way, this is a great product. The device itself is probably smaller than you even think it should be. It's about the size of an iphone, maybe smaller. It's only got one port for charging which can be charged with USB or AC power - both cables are included. For whatever reason, when you're charging with USB, they turn off the WiFi transmitter. Supposedly, there's a hack to fix it but I never bother with such things. In my first 24 hours with the product, I carried the device and my 4g iPod Touch around with me and it was pretty much like having an iPhone without the phone - it was great. I've never really liked using my work's web browser/network for personal interests and now I don't have to. I don't think I ever lost signal, even as I was walking through the pedway in downtown Chicago which is notorious for killing cell phone signals. One last slight caveat - the device heats up when you're transferring data, quite noticeably. If you've got this thing in your pants pocket, you're going to feel it get hot. It's not a deal breaker, but it's definitely noticeable. I'm curious to see how this thing holds up in the long run - I've seen a few comments/reviews from people saying theirs stopped working after a couple months. I'm hoping to get a couple of years out of this or at least until Apple decides to put 3G into the iTouch. I'm also curious to see how my data usage goes. Again, I was only using this thing with my iTouch but the Virgin website said I was at 60MB in one day which would put me well over 1GB in a month. The $20 a month 1GB Walmart exclusive plan seems like a sweet deal.

MiFi = reasonable cost mobile net access

The VirginMobile version of MiFi does exactly what it promises: provides mobile internet access at a reasonable cost for up to 5 people at once. I would have rated it 5 stars if it were 4G fast or $5 less per month, but the WalMart version is by far the most economical solution available. I ordered mine online and used Site-to-Store for pickup since the cost was $30 less than in the store itself. I use it primarily during my daily train commute; secondarily, if I'm out of town or waiting at an airport. Regardless, I can send and receive email, do simple online searches, and download simple attachments. When the signal strength is good, this works very well indeed. The lower the Sprint signal, the more painfully slow the process becomes. So, if you plan to use this in an area with poor Sprint signal [such as my home!], you will be disappointed. $20 for 1 GB over 30 days without a contract beats all the other carriers in my area. This deal is ONLY available if you buy from Walmart online or in the store, however. I don't have a smart phone but I've used MiFi with my iPad 2, iPod & MacBook Pro and all synch up effortlessly. Using it for just a couple of hours per day means I don't need to charge it every night. Unfortunately, there is no charge indicator on the unit so you can't tell when it will stop working. Since 4 LEDs cost almost nothing, perhaps they will fix this on the next iteration. For low bandwidth users like myself, this is a very practical solution for those times when you're not on WiFi, and it's less costly than paying $9.95 every time you need to send a critical email message. If you find you don't need it every month, it costs nothing so you can add cash to your account only when you need it.

UNLIMITED NO MORE AS OF 2/15/11

I have had this product since October and used the Virgin Mobile $40 unlimited data plan. The speed has been decent. There have been 2 outages that left me without service for hours. Today Virgin Mobile dropped the following bomb on its customers: $40 Broadband2Go Plan Expiring on February 15, 2011 Until February 14, 2011, you may purchase or switch to the $40 Broadband2Go plan described below. If as of February 15, 2011 the last plan you purchased was the $40 Broadband2Go plan, you may continue to purchase the $40 Broadband2Go plan until further notice or until you switch to one of the other Broadband2Go plans. Once you switch to another Broadband2Go plan, you will not be able to switch back to the $40 Broadband2Go plan. If as of February 15, 2011 the last plan you purchased was a plan other than $40 Broadband2Go plan, you will not be able to purchase or switch to the $40 Broadband2Go plan. $40.00 per month for unlimited mobile Internet (but not unlimited downloaded content) With the $40.00 Broadband2Go Plan, your monthly charge is due on the monthly payment date of your $40.00 Broadband2Go Plan. Your monthly payment date is based on the day of the month that you activate your $40.00 Broadband2Go Plan, switch from another Broadband2Go Plan to the $40.00 Broadband2Go Plan, or restart the $40.00 Broadband2Go Plan. If you do not pay your monthly charge on your payment date, you will no longer have access to the Broadband2Go service, regardless of the balance in your account. When you next pay your monthly charge, you will receive the data allocation associated with that monthly plan. If you fail to pay your monthly charge when due, your payment date will be reset based on the day you successfully pay your monthly charge. Virgin Mobile reserves the right, without notice, to temporarily limit throughput speeds when monthly data usage on the $40 Broadband2Go Plan exceeds 5GB. Customers will continue to have access to Broadband2Go service but maximum speeds may be limited to 256 kilobits per second or below for the remainder of the monthly plan cycle. During this time, customers may experience slower page loads, file downloads and degraded streaming media. Throughput speeds will be restored when a new Broadband2Go Plan is purchased.

Customer Q&A

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1-3 of 55 questions
by kingdriveOctober 4, 2010


Last answer: March 30, 2011
1. It depends. If you follow the instructions, it should be a snap. Otherwise, you can call Virgin Mobile's tech support (but do so during the morning; the night people don't seem to know very much).
by Bokonon
2. Yes you need first to configure it by conecting first with Virgin and type dev.nr ect and it is taking some time but after that it's easy
by Ninaki
3. You're asking a question about Best Buy on Walmart's website. Ha ha. No, it doesn't work right out of the box, but I wouldn't recommend spending $10 to have someone configure the MiFi. You don't have to be tech savy, but it's not a simple process either. You need to make sure you pay attention and read all the instructions carefully and write down all your passwords and you should be able to get it set up on your own. I've seen some reviews of people complaining about the setup being complicated and frustrating, and this could happen if you don't pay attention and read and follow instructions. Just be patient and pay attention and 60 minutes or so should be all you need.
by SaintPaulMN1977
4. You must set up a VM account and activate the device from a PC or Mac. It is easy, you do not need to pay anyone. That is a scam.
by hdtravel
5. You need to run a setup wizard to create a Virgin Mobile account (you'll use this account to buy service), and register your device to that account. There is no service out-of-the-box. You must buy some service before you can actually use it to connect to the internet. Once you've run the setup wizard, all it takes is turning on the device, selecting it's SSID in your wireless client, entering the password that on a sticker on the back of the MiFi, and you're on the internet.
by FuzzyNJ
6. When you plug it in you will have a WiFi connection that you can access from your computer (assuming you have a WiFi adapter). This sign on is just for registration. During registration you will choose your options, fund the account. Then the unit will configure, restart and you will be in business with your own WiFi connection. You can check your usage anytime from a special website.
by WD1TBMyBook
7. Has to be registered, activated and time purchased online before it will work. It will connect to Virgin Mobile during setup and you go from there. I found it a little tricky to set up.
by calmspirit
8. You need to go up to http://www.virginmobileusa.com/ to activate it and add time/data to it.
by capecodjewel
9. its a pretty simple config process
by jcwillia1
10. You can totally do it yourself and save your $10. It takes approx. 5-10 minutes and it is really user friendly. Just have your box with you that has the numbers on it and the Mi-Fi itself has a password on it.
by nho3ao
11. You pretty much just turn it on and connect. Select the MIFI in your wireless options on your laptop and enter the pass code located on the MIFI device.
by pharlap
11 Answers
Last answer: March 30, 2011

by MontypSeptember 10, 2010


Last answer: September 12, 2010
1. It has an A/C adapter to charge with, but it plugs into a wall. It also has a USB cable if your vehicle is so equipped. Otherwise you'll need a cigarette to USB adapter of some type.
by nctechie
2. You can plug the supplied AC wall adapter into an inverter and run it like that.
by ajsujnndfks
3. Not included but, easy to find. Look for mini USB. Many cell phones uses this type of adapter. A/C adapter is included in package.
by Jzero69
4. I have found that a small inverter is the most economical way to go. My favorite is a 90 watt that plugs into the cigarette lighter or power outlet and it will power most any 110v charger up to a laptop in most cases. They usually cost about the same as the car adapter for most products and you only buy one for all devices so can save a bundle.
by FleaMan47
5. It comes with a home charger and a seperate USB cable that you can plug into your computer or a USB car charger, but it does not come with the car charger. You can pickup a USB car charger for about $10
by tech4less
6. You should be able to use any USB charger with a mini USB cable. I used my cable from my Jawbone Icon bluetooth headset to charge the MiFi 2200 and it works fine. I'm not sure the WiFi and internet will work if charging thru USB. Alternatively, you could buy a power inverter and use the AC adapter that comes with the MiFi.
by UnoCuatro
7. You can use any A/C adapter with a micro USB...
by De4dD0g
8. The unit includes a USB cable to plug into any of the various automotive USB chargers and then into the mifi. These USB car charges have become very, very inexpensive but you will need to bring your own.
by jehrler
9. AC adapter is included, but not a car adapter.
by WD1TBMyBook
10. One is not included out of the box, but can be purchased separately. I would check at Radio Shack, which is where I purchased my mifi.
by capecodjewel
11. It comes with a USB cord, if you stop by Best Buy or a store like it - they sale a little car adapter for the iphone that has a USB plug port. I plugged the USB cord that came with the MIFI into it and it worked!
by pharlap
11 Answers
Last answer: September 12, 2010

by mare58September 2, 2010


Last answer: September 4, 2010
1. A qualified 'yes'. It depends on how good the reception is at your home, and is subject the capacity of the network. It will not provide the speeds that you would get from cable modem.
by PaulJC
2. NO as its way too slow
by bababooeyfafafooey
3. This is what I am using it for. If you'd like, see my review on the products. I am very surprised with it's performance. make sure you are in a good data coverage area if you decide to purchase it.
by hepzibah77
4. Sure if you don't mind a LOT slower speeds. It will be significantly slower than your cable/dsl modem. If you do nothing but read txt emails and basic surfing, it 'may' work, but I would personally not use it as my primary internet connection. Again, if your a very light user.. sure.. if not, then no.
by nctechie
5. Yes, but you will not see the same speed as your home broadband connection even with a strong signal. My advice would be to buy one, get the cheap 10 buck plan and take it home and see what type of signal strength that you get. You can always return it to walmart if you are not happy with it.
by ajsujnndfks
6. Could be but, I found the speed and reliablitiy unacceptable. I have cable at home and it is rock solid. This is not like that but, might be acceptable for occassional users. Unit also gets pretty hot if left on for hours at a time.
by Jzero69
7. Yes. Its the only one I use I live in like a duplex and I have and upstairs and downstairs and it still works on both floors at the same times.
by Bettyboo123
8. This can work at home as your wifi internet, but for $40 a month it's almost the same price as Time Warner cable... which is much faster. I get 1MBps download speeds. My Time Warner is 10MBps.
by UnoCuatro
9. Yes it can
by De4dD0g
10. I certainly use it as my main internet source at home!
by nho3ao
11. It can if you don't mind giving up your internet speed! The MIFI is only about 1 MB down and .5 MB up on a good day.
by pharlap
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Last answer: September 4, 2010

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