Several mobile carriers offer MiFi mobile hotspots, but they require hefty monthly fees along with a two-year contract to get the hardware at a reasonable price.
TruConnect’s new 3G MiFi, priced at $90, aims to avoid contracts entirely. The service, which uses Sprint’s 3G network, uses a pricing model based on bandwidth consumed, rather than tiered data plans that provide a predetermined amount of data per month, usually between 250 MB to 5GB.
There is a small monthly charge of $4.99, but for users who don’t consume a lot of data, it’s a far more appealing option than Verizon’s base price of $39.99 per month. TruConnect charges $0.039 for 1 MB of data, which equates to just $9.75 for 250 MB of data (plus the $4.99 base cost).
If you’re a heavy user, using over a GB or more each month, it’s probably best to stick with a tiered pricing plan as paying per MB can get expensive. However, for users who only use MiFi every once in awhile, or who currently don’t use it at all, TruConnect is an excellent option as a backup data plan. It’s ultra low base cost makes it a perfect choice for traveling or in the event of a home or office Internet outage.
The service is available using the TruConnect USB device for Windows and Mac laptops, or the TruConnect MiFi, which allows up to five WiFi-equipped laptops or tablets to connect at the same time.
For more information, or to purchase, check out the TruConnect website. The USB device retails for $69.99 and the TruConnect MiFi retails for $89.99.