Overheard: Word of the Day

Dec 28 2008   7:12PM GMT

Overheard – MiFi personal cloud

Margaret Rouse Margaret Rouse Profile: Margaret Rouse

mifi.jpg Novatel might be on to something with its MiFi device. It’s basically a rechargeable, portable wireless router that ingests mobile data signals and spits them back out as standard Wi-Fi. The company is calling the technology an “Intelligent Mobile Hotspot,” in case you were longing for some industry jargon.

Doug Aamoth, Novatel intros ‘MiFi’ mobile broadband router

A  lot of the blog buzz about MiFi pitches the idea that with your handy-dandy portable router, you’ll be carrying around a personal cloud of high-speed Internet connectivity that can be shared between multiple users and Wi-Fi devices. I can see it being useful to share connectivity, but I’m a little pessimistic about how the pricing structure for service will pan out.  The label “personal cloud” sounds pricey.

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