Vodafone Jumps On MiFi Bandwagon With Mobile WiFi Router

Vodafone has announced that it will be launching a mobile broadband gadget that will enable users to share their connection with as many as five Wi-Fi enabled devices.

The network operator has talked about a "Vodafone Mobile Broadband Hotspot" device, dubbed the MiFi 2352, which lets users connect multiple devices wirelessly from anywhere within a 10m radius in company’s mobile broadband network.

The credit-card sized gadget, which is developed by Novatel, will allow users to connect a range of Wi-Fi enabled devices including digital cameras, laptops, digital cameras, and gaming consoles.

It sports a one touch power switch and an internal battery that can offer up to 4 hours of seamless usage on a single charge.

The MiFi 2352 offers "up to" downlink speeds of 7.2 Mbps, and uplink speeds of up to 5.2 Mbps, depending on the network coverage within the given vicinity. In addition, it also offers a spacious storage space thanks to a memory card slot that allows users to throw in a 16GB microSD card.

Initially, the device will be available in Germany, Spain and Romania, and Vodafone refused to comment on when it will be launched in the UK. In Spain it will be priced at £25 with a Vodafone data tariff.

However, rival network operator 3 has already announced a similar gadget back in August, and its device is due to hit the shelves in the UK later this month.

Our Comments

Some of our readers have told us that a 3G router is not really a bid deal as any WiFi capable 3G phones could potentially be transformed into a "router". It does make sense and it would have been extremely useful if users could get seamlessly transform their phones at a touch of a button into a fully blown wireless router.

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