Verizon Wireless on Wednesday announced a new portable hot spot device that creates a Wi-Fi connection for wireless devices. The MiFi (get it...MiFi?) will deliver the carrier's 3G wireless network to up to five gadgets including laptops, Netbooks, gaming devices, and cameras. Of course, you could connect a Wi-Fi-enabled Verizon phone like the Samsung Omnia, but the good news is that you're not limited to just the carrier's handsets.
Made by Novatel, the MiFi has integrated CDMA (EV-DO Rev. A) and Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) radios. It sports a simple rectangular design in basic black. And since it's designed to be portable, it's also compact (3.5 inches by 2.3 inches by 0.4 inch) and lightweight (2.05 ounces).
Two service plans are available. A $40 monthly subscription gets you 250MB of data; if you go over you'll pay 10 cents per megabyte. For $60 you can use 5GB and pay 5 cents per megabyte for any additional use. Alternatively, you can purchase a 24-hour "DayPass" for $15. The MiFi will be available May 17 for $99 with a $50 rebate.