Nowadays, besides having a smartphones, most people will have more than two internet devices such as iPad, iPod Touch, laptops, Android Tablets which use internet very much. Normally at home you’ll be using your internet wifi, while if you’re away you smartphones and iPad will need 3G/HSDPA internet data connection in order to get your internet connection. But in other cases, some of you do not have an internet wifi at your home since some of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) such as TM Streamyx, Unifi, Wimax or others are simply not available at your areas. You’re just left with 3G services such as Celcom, Digi, Maxis, YES, P1 or U Mobile.
If you have a dedicated internet data plan for each of these devices; ie. your smartphone, your Tablet and your laptop , you’ll be paying quite a hefty bills at the end of the months. So is there any way for you to save while having all these devices connected to the internet. Yes, you may use your smartphone as a wifi portable hotspot (iPhone and Android Phone have this capabilities), but this method will eat up your battery really fast if you’re not connected to the power source. So what other options do you have?
Mifi (Wifi Portable Router)
MiFi is a line of compact wireless routers produced by Novatel Wireless that act as mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. MiFi stands for ‘My Wi-Fi’. The MiFi can be connected to a mobile phone (cellular) carrier and provide internet access for up to 5 devices. The MiFi works at a distance up to 10 m (30 ft) and will provide internet or network access to any WiFi enabled peripheral device.
The first MiFi device was introduced in the U.S. in May 2009 by Novatel Wireless, and Novatel owns a registered trademark on the “MiFi” brand name in the U.S. The Novatel MiFi is also marketed as such in the Netherlands, Egypt, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. However, in the United Kingdom, mobile operator 3 owns the “MiFi” trademark and markets a similar device from Huawei under the name.
In short, if you look at the illustration below, if you have a MiFi device, you could save a lot of bills for your several wifi enabled devices just by connecting it to you Mifi router instead of having dedicated sim card broadband for each device.
Options in Malaysia
So do you have this device in Malaysia. Of couse! In fact all of the major Telcos offered this device together with their broadband packages. Let check out the respective telcos below:
To be entitled to this promotion, customers must subscribe to a Celcom Broadband Basic or Celcom Broadband Advance plans. An early termination fee of RM150 will be charged to customers should they terminate their service within 12 months of the service activation.
The method of the payment for Celcom Broadband MiFi Router (RM250) will only be using:
-Credit card payment ( any locally issued credit cards)
Customers will get the devices immediately, upon successful payment. The devices comes with 1 year local limited warranty. Details here.
Now Maxis is giving away a Free Huawei MiFi if you subscribe for its 6GB Broadband package of 12 months. The 6GB Broadband plan goes for RM98/month but existing Maxis subscribers can get it cheaper at RM88/month. That’s a pretty decent deal to have your very own mobile WiFi hotspot as long as you are within the 3G coverage areas.
There’s a RM100 activation fee and if you terminate before the 12 months are up, there’s a RM200 penalty charge. If you need more data, you can top up more quota from RM8 for 500MB/day up to RM28 for 1GB that’s valid for 30 days. Details is here.
3. Digi and P1
They used to have special MiFi plan, but it is nol longer mentioned on their website. You can buy you own MiFi router and use any of their Broadband packages.
5. YES 4G Mobile Hotspot
5. U Mobile Hotspot