Three giving 4 million MBs of free data to rural broadband blackspots

City slickers, with your mocha-latte-frappuccinos, Oyster cards and bendy buses; take note! If you're reading this using a broadband connection, whilst happily downloading the latest Mad Men season from iTunes and refining "the definitive" Spotify playlist, spare a thought for…

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Gerald LynchThree giving 4 million MBs of free data to rural broadband blackspots

MiFi – a pocket-sized wireless hotspot from Novatel Wireless

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You’d be amazed at how many conferences lack something that I consider to be akin to running water and oxygen – internet access. Just as you’ve got comfortable in your seat near the back of the room, you open up your laptop, wait a few seconds for Linux to resume, and then utterly fail to find any open wireless hotspots.

Rather than fiddling with trying to use your phone as a modem, just connect to the MiFi. It uses high-speed HSDPA to connect to access the net via cell networks, meaning that you won’t get much signal in the wilds of Norfolk, but given that there are very few conferences in the wilds of Norfolk, you should be okay.

The internal rechargeable battery in this thing will support up to 40 hours of standby time and 4 hours of actual use without power. It’ll be available in the States in early 2009 via broadband carriers, so we might see someone like Three distribute thing alongside its existing D100 plug-in model.

Novatel Wireless (via PC World)

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Duncan GeereMiFi – a pocket-sized wireless hotspot from Novatel Wireless