Mobile WiFi + iPod Touch = Better/Cheaper Than iPhone

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An iPod Touch plus a mobile WiFi router is better and cheaper than an iPhone, says Wired.com’s Charlie Sorrell.

Sorrell just got the MiFi — a mobile, battery-powered WiFi hotspot that can share a high-speed cell connection with several devices via WiFi. It’s sold in the U.S. by Verizon for $100. (Requires a two-year contract and a monthly plan costing $40 or $60 — 250MB or 5GB of data, respectively.)

The MiFi is fast and reliable, he says, and can be used with an iPod Touch to make Skype calls and play music streaming from Spotify’s fantastic music library.

“The real point is that if you have a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot in your pocket, it is going to be cheaper than an iPhone contract pretty much anywhere, and can not only enable your iPod Touch to have an always on connection, but let you make Skype calls and stream music without having to worry about the usual iPhone size limits, as you’re on Wi-Fi. You can also share the connection with five machines in total, including a netbook, for true on the go video calls and (gasp) Spotify.”

Setup was a little tricky and he’s not been using the setup long, but Sorrel thinks the combo could be all he needs. He’ll be testing his new setup in coming weeks and promises to report back.

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  • Klmum8

    how much for one

  • Osvaldo Z. Castellanos

    one iPod Touch ranges from $229 – $399. I use a VirginMobile mifi device that cost me $149 for the device alone and I pay $50 for unlimited internet access. No contract. They also have a $10 and $20 plan.

  • Donnabowman5268

    use line2 with ipod touch 4, has a mircophone, and mifi.  line 2 is way better then skype. it cost 49.00 for six months, no contracts, and you get unlimited calling usa and canada and unlimiting texting to both countries.  it is so much clearer then skype. easier to use. it is really like an iphone then.

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Leander KahneyLeander Kahney is the editor and publisher of Cult of Mac. He is the NYT bestselling author of Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products; Inside Steve’s Brain; Cult of Mac; and Cult of iPod. Leander has written for Wired, MacWeek, Scientific American, and The Guardian in London. Follow Leander on Twitter @lkahney and Facebook.

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