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.