I bought the Broadband2Go device for a friend who lives too far out of town to get cable, and doesn’t have a land line to get DSL. I don’t know if I would recommend it for streaming, though. I’ve had this for 10 days. OldTechDude, April 13, Virgin says MB is good for about 5 hours of web browsing, 25 minutes of web video, or 10, emails without attachments, in case you are curious. WiFi and internet work when plugged in and charging.
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The Best PC Games. I use it for applications that don’t require a lot of bandwidth.
UnoCuatro, September 21, Fastest Mobile Networks Given how useful a portable hotspot is when you need itthis changes everything. Great for on the road.
It’s slow, but you wouldn’t expect 3G to be especially fast.
As Virgin Mobile uses Sprint’s network, that review also holds for Virgin’s product, with mifii exception: You should buy this if you want to have an internet connection “on the road”. You may unsubscribe from the newsletters at any time. It allows you to connect to your wireless data plan from virtually anywhere.
Using it for just a couple of hours per day means I don’t need to charge it every night. The VirginMobile version of MiFi does exactly what it promises: The lower the Sprint signal, the more painfully slow the process becomes.
The MiFi’s major down side is that it only has three or four vidgin of active battery life. She doesn’t stress the connection, using mostly for email and Skype. Virgin Mobile’s MiFi is one of the most versatile mobile hotspots on the market today, combined with an absolutely terrific service plan.
I’ve had this for 10 days. Vifgin fine for me. It’s easy to set up so you can get connected in just seconds.
I don’t think it’s good for electronics to get hot, but that’s just a guess.
Easy unit to use–my laptop easily connects to it. Units are available all overincluding at Walmart and Best Buy. The prepaid MiFi might look cooler than the standard model, but they work just like one another. According to Virgin, there is no data cap on the service, but the carrier reserves the right to lower your speed for “unreasonable” usage. In our experience, the USB modem offers a more reliable and convenient experience for a single laptop.
HP Chromebook 11, SaintPaulMN, September 13, If you’ve got this thing in your pants pocket, you’re going to feel it get hot. FuzzyNJ, January 27, I’m hoping to get a couple of years out of this or at least until Apple decides to put 3G into the iTouch.
This will not work well for downloading video.
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It’s not cheap, but not too expensive either. I often go to Dallas and Houston from San Antonio.
There have been 2 outages that left me without service for hours. I don’t think I ever lost signal, even as I was walking through the pedway in downtown Chicago which is notorious for killing cell phone signals. PCMag reviews products independentlybut we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page.