8/5/2009 2:31:00 PM
3 to launch mobile Wi-Fi service in time for Christmas
3 is launching a mobile Wi-Fi service that will allow consumers to access the internet on the move through any Wi-Fi enabled device.
The service, called MiFi, will be launched in time for Christmas and can connect anything from a netbook to an iPod touch to the internet on the move. It is effectively a small wireless modem.
The wireless modem sends out a Wi-Fi signal so that no fixed-line is needed – customers only require 3’s 3G coverage to connect.
The modem is 86x45x10mm and allows consumers to connect multiple devices to the internet at the same time.
Users will need to switch on the wireless modem and connect to the mobile internet using a Wi-Fi signal. A Wi-Fi enabled device will automatically pick up the signal and ask for an eight-digit network key which you will be asked to input just once for every new device you want to connect.
3 UK sales and marketing director Marc Allera said: ‘There are millions of Wi-Fi devices out there, but they can only be used in fixed locations.
‘Consumer demand for easy and affordable internet access on the go is growing fast and we’re responding to that by announcing the UK’s first wireless modem.’