Is MiFi / Mobile WiFi the Future Of Mobile Broadband

We came across an interesting article in Business Week magazine today (you can see it online here). The author is a user of and big fan of mobile wifi (in fact, despite being US based he uses the exact same device available in the UK from Three Mobile Broadband).

Essentially he makes the argument that in today’s world, where many of us have multiple devices (laptops, smartphones, media players, etc) capabale of going online on the move, why should we pay for multiple data or mobile broadband subscriptions to use with each device? Isn’t it better to pay for one subscription or contract and use it for all your devices?

Well mobile wifi lets you do exactly that. The small device works like a mobile broadband dongle and connects to the Internet via the mobile networks but then creates a mobile wifi hotspot that you can conncet to with multiple devices. So no more need to pay a fortune for data charges on your wifi enabled mobile phone, or to have a seperate mobile broadband and mobile phone data contract. You can just share the connection, and the single bill, amongst any wifi enabled gadgets you have.

Although we love the simplicty of just connecting a dongle and being up and running, we do like mobile wifi a lot and it seems we’re not the only ones. Novatel who make the popular MiFi mobile wifi product just reported that year on year sales were up 85% and with the success of the wifi only iPad and likely huge Christmas sales to come for it we only expect those sales to keep rising. So it does beg the question, is mobile wifi the future of mobile broadband? What do you think?

You can check out all top mobile wifi contracts in the UK in our mobile wifi section.