MiFi GSM/HSPA Version Headed to North America
Both Verizon Wireless and Sprint has had their versions of the Novatel MiFi modem in CDMA flavor for some time now. Novatel announced that a North America-specific model of the modem with GSM and 3G will be coming soon, presumably to AT&T in the US and Rogers in Canada.
The MiFi is a small, compact modem and router, the size of a small smartphone, that connects to a carrier’s data network and streams that connection over WiFi, creating an instant 3G hotspot for up to five different connected hardware peripherals.
The GSM version for the North American market will be dubbed the MiFi 2372. The 2372 will be powered by Linux, come with AGPS for location-based services while browsing the internet, and a micro SD card slot for extensibility. The battery life on the MiFi is good for approximately 5 hours of browsing.
Windows Mobile phone users can emulate the functions of the MiFi router with software, turning their phones into an instant hotspot for tethering connections to other devices. WMWiFiRouter, priced at $30, does the trick. HTC owners can look towards a free HTC WiFi Tethering utility that does the same job as WMWiFiRouter.