This is the unit pretty much. I dig it. Photo by Ben Smith
The people on Twitter were kind enough to vote me Most Informative Tweep of the year, of TweetUp SL2, of the year, as Halik would put it. I personally find the whole community informative. I still remember a time when the Sri Lankan Internet scene was tiny tiny and these kids are taking it to places I never imagined. So thank you.
The chaps at Dialog were kind enough to give me a Vodafone Mobile WiFi unit as a prize. So here’s a review.
This device is the size of a small phone. It has a phone battery and it takes a phone SIM. The only thing that makes it not a phone is that it does nothing except emit a WiFi signal. With that I can browse on my computer (am now), download books to my Kindle (it needs to charge) and share my connection throughout the house. Quite cool.
My Samsung Galaxy Pro smartphone also produces a mobile hotspot, but that kills the battery and actually makes the phone quite physically hot. This thing just sits there and produces Internet, which I think is mara cool.
Judging by this PDF I found on the Dialog site, the Vodafone Mobile Wifi unit costs about 10k with a connection, which is pretty decent. In the range of a decent WiFi router. The difference is that it doesn’t require DSL, just a SIM, and it can run without power (though not for long).
There was a point where I thought WiFi was dead tech, replaced by mobile broadband. It’s not though. It’s still really good for sharing connections, and you simply cannot download books to a Kindle (in Sri Lanka) without out. Which is the main selling point for me. Except I didn’t buy it. But it’s still a point.
Anyways, it’s a neat unit. My only beef is that the password is inside the case, so I have to take it off sometimes when it reconnects. That’s about all. It’s pretty cool. Thank you.