Monthly Archives: September 2010

Virgin Mobile Mifi 2200

Virgin Mobile Mifi 2200

In keeping with gadgets and technology, I’ve forgotten how pleasant it is when something is simple. Technology is supposed to make our lives simpler, but it seems to do the opposite most of the time.

Virgin Mobile recently announced a prepaid unlimited data plan that takes advantage of the Sprint 3G network. The only downside is that you have to make the initial investment of $150 for the Mifi 2200 card. You can connect up to 5 devices to the Mifi card with wifi. The battery life of the Mifi card is claimed to last 4.5 hours with one connected device. Packaged with the Mifi card is a micro USB charger and cable.

Set up was a breeze. You have the option of paying by credit card or purchasing Virgin Mobile Top Up cards. It’s basically a prepaid card that you can purchase at major retail outlets. $40 will give you unlimited data for a month. After the month is up, you can add more funds to activate another month or activate it whenever you like. You can stop and start service whenever you like.

On a recent business trip, I found out that the card will not charge via USB cable. It has to be connected to a wall charger. Lucky for me, the hotel loaned me a charger for the duration of my stay. It also heats up when in use.

There is no credit check, no credit card required, no activation fee, monthly bills, or costly accidental overages. That’s a big plus in my book. The speed will vary depending on how close you are to the Sprint cell towers.

Never have I been delighted by the simplicity of signing up for the Virgin Mobile Broadband2Go. It’s really easy. It works, and the fine print is kept to a minimum. You could spend $80 and purchase the USB modem instead. However, you can only connect one computer to it at a time.

Since the announcement of the new unlimited plan, the Mifi 2200 card are hard to find because of its popularity. Major retailers such as Best Buy and Wal-Mart are having trouble keeping it in stock.

I highly recommend this product and service.

More Essential Travel Gear

If I could only bring two things with me when I travel, it would be the iPod touch and Audio-Technica’s ATH-ANC3 QuietPoint Active Noise-Canceling In-Ear Headphones.

The Audio Technica ATH-ANC3 ear buds does a great job at canceling 80% of the ambient noise around you. As for the other 20%, whatever you’re listening to should take care of that. I brought these along with my trip to China. They dramatically cut down the engine noise on the plane while producing great sound quality. Best of all, it’s not that expensive.

The Details:

The unit comes with a carrying case, 0.5 meter extension cable, airplane audio adapter, and different size ear cups. The airplane adapter comes in handy for viewing in-flight movies without having to use the sucky supplied headphones. The unit is powered by one AAA battery and is good for about 40 hours of use. The control/battery unit has an on/off switch and a monitor button. When pressed and held down, the monitor button will bypass the noise cancellation if you need to. That is a nice feature for me when I needed to talk to a flight attendant.

The Form Factor:

They’re ear buds. You don’t have to carry these ginormous headphones to get get great audio quality. I used to carry around a set of Sennheiser HD280. They were big, clunky, and took up too much room. I love how the Audio Technica were so easy to pack and carry.

The Price:

Believe it or not, these are about $60. They are well worth the money for what they do and how well they pack. Of course, here’s an Amazon.com product link.