I purchased this for my iPad when I leave home. I didn't believe the extra 200 dollars for the wifi iPad + a 2 yr contract was worth the money. I considered several options: purchasing a USB stick and a mobile broadband router, such as from Cradlepoint, however, both would cost more than just the wifi unit alone and the USB stick runs the risk of being damaged because it would potrude from the router during transport. Then I researched pre paid mobile MIFI hotspots and the most popular one was from Virgin mobile, however, it received bad reviews no matter what website I went on. People complained about the poor reception and the non existent customer service. This t-mobile mobile MIFI is fairly new on the market, having come out this past April/May. There were not many reviews on it, but most stated people were exceptionally pleased with it as well as the great reception. Many said they're using it for their home internet service exclusively, and I can see why. The unit is very small (about the length of a normal sized pointer finger, and really slim). Set up was easy and will automatically take you to t-mobile's website where you can purchase your plan online or by phone. With use, the uit does heat up a bit, but this won't be an issue because I plan to keep it in my purse and not on my person. It comes with and charges with a micro USB charger and seems to hold the charge for a couple of hours, at least 4 hrs. The speed is phenomenal. Now that t-mobile has merged with Sprint, the reception in all major cities will be excellent, and t-mobile has three levels of reception in other areas, from good to very good (see their website for coverage). The unit was slightly more at the T-mobile store, so I decided to purchase on Walmart's site and opted for site to store for free shipping. I recently upgraded my Belkin broadband unit for my home; the service on T-mobile's 4G/3G NEtwork was, indeed, faster than my new Belkin unit. The great thing about the unit is that you are not locked into a contract and can choose to refill month to month, or for only 7 days, or you can skip months and not have to worry about the added expsense of contracts: taxes, FCC fees, network fees, etc. Very happy with this device especially because 5 devices can share the connection via WIFI, and you won't have to worry about finding free WIFI when you leave home.
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