Saw just the mifis here in Topeka, http://internet-go.com
This is weird, I can't find info anywhere on rates. Does anyone know how many MB/GB the $10/$25/$45 amounts will buy? I'm hoping that translates to 1/3/6GB or similar.
Just confirmed today you must use only "Internet On The Go" labelled hotspot devices, $119.99 at Walmart. Others will not work.
Yeah that's a nice "feature" but the Sprint network kills it, at least for me.
I am seriously interested in this. Are there any mobile broadband devices besides this one that don't have expiration dates?
Oooh, $20 for data that doesn't expire, nice for casual users.
Ya know, I hate these companies that just cut-n-paste to put together their legal agreements. Has anyone read over their terms of service? I did......(and IANAL....)
First, see #7:
It's for personal or business use only? Um, thanks... what else is there? (Government use?)7. COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS. MBB Service is for personal or business use only. In using the MBB Service you agree to comply with all applicable laws.
Then see #9.5:
Um, does anyone see a contradiction here? You can use the service for business use, but you can't post any advertisements? Does that prohibit posting to craigslist, google adwords, etc?9.5 Soliciting Information. You may not Post any Content that solicits any information from other customers or involves any commercial activities, including advertisements.
Um, huh? They can delete anything you post on the internet if they find it objectionable?9.8 Removal of Content. We reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to remove or delete any Content that you Post on our service that violates the Terms of Service or is otherwise deemed objectionable by us in our sole discretion. We may delete Content that you have downloaded or limit the amount of Content that you may download during any given period.
And this one is the best!
So per the bolded sentence, even though they are selling a mifi, you CAN'T USE IT TO TETHER YOUR COMPUTER!8. INTENDED USE OF MBB SERVICE. MBB Service and any related data services are provided solely for purposes of web browsing, messaging, and similar activities. You are responsible for all data activity from and to your device regardless of who initiates the activity. You may not use the MBB Service: (1) with server devices or host computer applications, including, but not limited to, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, automated machine-to-machine connections or peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing or other systems that drive continuous heavy traffic or data sessions; (2) as a substitute or backup for private lines or frame relay connections; (3) with "auto-responders", "cancel-bots", or similar automated or manual routines which generate excessive amounts of traffic, or which disrupt user groups or email use by others; (4) for tethering your mobile phone to a personal computer or other hardware; (5) to send "spam" or unsolicited commercial or bulk email (or activities that have the effect of facilitating unsolicited commercial email or unsolicited bulk email); or (6) for any activity that adversely affects the ability of other people or systems to use either our wireless services or other parties' Internet-based resources. We reserve the right to limit, suspend or terminate without notice any misuse of our network or violation of these Terms of Service.
One of my Green Bay walmarts had these but no cards. And both Wm and Best Buy sell TMobile prepaid evne though Tm doesn't cover north of Milwaukee.
See, that's the thing with all these terms of service.... A company may say "no, that's not our intention, we would never do that", but in a court of law, what's in the legal document would hold. Think about it the other way... would a lawyer for the other side ever permit you to put cloudy language that benefited YOU in a home sale / car lease / some other contract?
Our apologies for the late response to answer your questions, our terms and conditions include language that will help us provide our customers the best internet experience by preventing certain activities that may be bothersome to themselves and others. These terms are not intended to in any way limit a normal internet user's daily activities on the web.
Section 9.5 mainly refers to spam, posting ads on Craigslist is perfectly fine. Section 9.8 allows us to remove content from our servers in case it is found to be violating our terms of service. The current content that you are posting on our servers is limited to your account information. We may also remove content from our servers that you have downloaded before - we will not and cannot access your computer to remove anything. Section 8, item (4) refers to tethering a cell phone to your computer, this does not apply to your mobile hotspot.
According to the top up card at the Pensacola, FL Store I visited, the network is Sprint.
Hot on the heels of T-Mobile's new 4G prepaid options, Walmart has paired with TruConnect to offer a MiFi for "casual users." The service -- called Internet on the Go -- appears to be based on Sprint's 3G network (with no mention of LTE on the horizon) and claims to have 97 percent coverage as a result. It requires a MiFi 2200 made by Novatel, which can cope with up to five devices over WiFi and to which you then add a minimum of $10 for 100MB or up to $45 for 1GB. That's not cheap by any means, and the PR below doesn't actually specify the price of the dongle itself -- but at least the service looks flexible, as you can also choose automatic online refills at $20 for 450MB. And the last bit of good news? You can burn through those rations as quickly or as slowly as you please, because there's no time limit so long as you use the service at least once per year.
I'm still trying to figure out which one I want to have. I've currently got a Virgin Ovation stick with the $20 for 1 GB x 30 days plan from walmart. Since I usually activate it for going on vacation, depending on how many MBs are used per trip this might be a better deal even though it's less data for the money.
BTW Virgin mobile's system doesn't deactivate your account until 1 year after renewing the plan, so as long as it's used once per year you won't lose a grandfathered plan.
I'll be camping this weekend in a state park, so we'll see how much is used, provided I get signal there, one of the reasons I bought the Ovation USB instead of the Mifi is my 13 dBi antenna works with it.