Hands-On With Novatel’s GSM and CDMA MiFi Devices

novatel-mifi_shNovatel announced a few noteworthy products here at Mobile World Congress, including a GSM MiFi device. The MiFi is about the size of a credit card but a bit fatter, and is essentially a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. With a carrier subcription, you can carry the MiFi in your pocket and log on using your laptop from anywhere. The GSM version announced here packs in a microSD card reader, a Linux based operating system for adding applications, and also sports a mini-USB charging slot. We’re amazed by small size of the MiFi, especially considering wireless routers for the home are usually bulky and ugly. A carrier partner in the US hasn’t been announced yet, but we should see them later this year. Pricing is expected to be around $200 before a contract subsidy. Check out our hands-on video after the jump. [flq:90731e1577e4dac9f694858313e536b6]

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