Virgin Mobile - MiFi 2200 Mobile Hotspot
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Rating 2.9 out of 5 stars with 110 reviews(110 Reviews)
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Convenient hot spot to run your laptop or tabletsPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I guess I was expecting more, but this hot spot has left me disappointed. On a full charge it has a very short battery life. If traveling, it runs out of juice before my tablet. If driving, you can't charge it up without the car charger that is not included, so when it's done, your're done. You have no idea of where the battery life is. It glows yellow for a few moments, then red, then done. I keep it in my purse so it doesn't get lost, and even though I check it frequently, it turns up suddenly dead. Also, even after you plug it in, it doesn't want to act like a hot spot until it charges up. What's up with that? So when you plug it into electric you still have to wait. There are constant disconnects where the signal is lost either between the hot spot and the device, or the hot spot and the network. It gets very hot. The first one I got didn't work right at all, so this is my second product. The first one was bad right off the shelf, and to exchange it, they expected me to pay and exchange fee! The Best Buy technician got right back in their face and demanded it be done at no charge, or I am sure I would have been paying for that.. My plan is month to month as I only need it in months I travel. You you are supposed to be able to go to the website and load the payment for next month easily, however it is very confusing and you can't be sure when you are done. Just have to wait to see if it works. I would not recommend this product. And since they wanted to charge me for exchanging the first one, I would not recommend the support either. If you get a defective product, you shouldn't have to pay an exchange fee to get one that works.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
It works, but...Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Was a pain to setup and actually connect. Could definitly use more detailed written instructions with the equipment. Where it states don't use the zero's, that doesn't mean if the first number of the password on the back of the unit is a zero, use that zero to initiate. A lot of hassle navigating the virgin mobile connection process, thank God I have two laptops, because I screwed up the process with the older Windows XP version and Internet Explorer. Usually I find XP and IE easier to use for most applications. Was able to get there with the Windows Vista OS and Firefox Browser. Once I got connected then I couldn't access my account to initiate payment to have full access. So... back over to the XP and internet explorer for that so I could enter my credit card info, what a pain... Am sending this review over my new virgin mifi wireless. I am dissapointed with the speed. According to the map on the internet, I live in the dark green area which means I should be connecting at the best 3G speeds. After running several different Broad Band speed tests, it shows me running download speeds between a low of 89kbs and the highest was 386kbs, nothing even close to 1Mb. Remember dial up could get you 56kbs. I was truly hoping to cancel my DSL High speed access and save some money, but for now I guess I've just got a new toy. Sure am glad I didn't have to get a two year contract with this. Haven't had a chance to go anywhere else to test it out just yet, but I don't see this replacing DSL or Cable Internet anytime soon. Unless you don't mind being reminded of dial-up speeds. I checked I would recommend this to a friend, but only if there other options were limited or they really needed portable on the go Internet access. P.S. Make sure you disable the Pop-up Blocker or you'll never get it installed... Good luck!
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
UNLIMITED NO MORE AS OF 2/15/11Posted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I've been a customer of Virgin Mobile Broadband since October. Today I received an e-mail regarding a change to their "unlimited" plan. $40 Broadband2Go Plan Expiring on February 15, 2011 Until February 14, 2011, you may purchase or switch to the $40 Broadband2Go plan described below. If as of February 15, 2011 the last plan you purchased was the $40 Broadband2Go plan, you may continue to purchase the $40 Broadband2Go plan until further notice or until you switch to one of the other Broadband2Go plans. Once you switch to another Broadband2Go plan, you will not be able to switch back to the $40 Broadband2Go plan. If as of February 15, 2011 the last plan you purchased was a plan other than $40 Broadband2Go plan, you will not be able to purchase or switch to the $40 Broadband2Go plan. $40.00 per month for unlimited mobile Internet (but not unlimited downloaded content) With the $40.00 Broadband2Go Plan, your monthly charge is due on the monthly payment date of your $40.00 Broadband2Go Plan. Your monthly payment date is based on the day of the month that you activate your $40.00 Broadband2Go Plan, switch from another Broadband2Go Plan to the $40.00 Broadband2Go Plan, or restart the $40.00 Broadband2Go Plan. If you do not pay your monthly charge on your payment date, you will no longer have access to the Broadband2Go service, regardless of the balance in your account. When you next pay your monthly charge, you will receive the data allocation associated with that monthly plan. If you fail to pay your monthly charge when due, your payment date will be reset based on the day you successfully pay your monthly charge. Virgin Mobile reserves the right, without notice, to temporarily limit throughput speeds when monthly data usage on the $40 Broadband2Go Plan exceeds 5GB. Customers will continue to have access to Broadband2Go service but maximum speeds may be limited to 256 kilobits per second or below for the remainder of the monthly plan cycle. During this time, customers may experience slower page loads, file downloads and degraded streaming media. Throughput speeds will be restored when a new Broadband2Go Plan is purchased.
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Speed Issues Need to be FixedPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I bought the Virgin Mifi after reading David Pogue's interview in the New York Times. According to Pogue and the sales person at Best Buy, Virgin claims that I can get unlimited Mifi connectivity at DSL speeds for $40.00 per month in a completely portable unit. I intended to drop my Atlantic Broadband cable modem service and use the new Virgin Mifi as my home service and have the added benefit of being able to take it with me on the go. I love the concept. The unit is small and sleek. Set up was not too demanding. The price is right... BUT the speed is just plain awful! I checked with Virgin Mobile on Facebook and found the following post... Due to the unexpected demand for Broadband2Go, you may have experienced slowed & intermittent data speeds when performing web activities. We've increased capacity & you should have full connectivity, however we're still experiencing some data throughput issues. We’ve ID'd the solution & should have a change in place in... the next few weeks. We're very sorry for any inconvenience but wanted to let you know we're on it. OK Virgin Mobile, you have a few weeks to fix it. If it is not seriously faster in 25 days when my return period at Best Buy is up it is going back. If I can't watch Netflix and You Tube with it I do not want it. I would not recommend this to a friend until the speed issues are fixed.
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Buggy and slowPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I bought the Virgin Mobile MiFi 2200 based on a rave review in the New York Times. I've only had it a short time, but so far I've been disappointed by it. Here are some of the problems I've had. It's not particulary easy to set up and activate. There are no fewer than six different identifiers, account numbers, keys, and passwords that need to be entered at various points during the process, which involves navigating among several different websites. Of course, initial set up is a one-time deal, and others may be less annoyed at having to futz with all those character strings than I. The battery compartment cover is flimsy and difficult to close completely. Mine remains a bit askew. It's probably going to come loose and fall off. It has problems maintaining a steady connection. With the MiFi in the middle, there are two links in a connection between a WiFi-enabled device (a laptop, say) and the Internet: the WiFi link between the laptop and the MiFi and the 3G wireless link between the MiFi and the Internet. I'm not sure which is flaky, although I suspect it's the WiFi link. In any case, the connection between the laptop and the Internet is hard to establish, sometimes requiring several attempts, and hard to maintain for more than a few minutes at a time -- it seems to come and go, start and stop, drop and pick back up -- and all these hiccups occur while the laptop and MiFi are located within inches of each other and are completely stationary in an area (Morris County, New Jersey) with ostensibly good coverage by Sprint's 3G network. Even when it's up, the connection is slow. I happen to have 3G wireless data service from two other carriers: AT&T and Verizon. AT&T's is for my iPhone and Verizon's is for an air card built into my Dell laptop. I bought the MiFi with the intention of cancelling my Verizon service because Virgin Mobile's is so much less expensive (you get what you pay for...). In any case, where I live the connection speed through the MiFi seems to be only about 10-33 percent of that achieved by the iPhone using AT&T's 3G service or by the laptop using Verizon's service. In other words, when I connect my iPhone to the Internet using the MiFi's WiFi signal, download speeds are at most about 200 kbps (and frequently less), whereas when I connect my iPhone using AT&T's 3G service, download speeds are at least 600 kbps (and frequently more). And when I connect my laptop to the Internet using the MiFi's WiFi signal, download speeds are only about 100 kbps (or less), whereas when I connect using Verizon's 3G service, download speeds are about 1000 kbps (or more). Oddly, upload speeds using the MiFi are often higher than the download speeds -- better than AT&T's upload speeds and comparable to Verizon's. Of course I know wireless connection speeds are affected by many factors and vary quite a bit, so absolute numbers are not particulary meaningful. My point, however, is that for me, the MiFi is a lot slower than other devices when the comparison is made under identical conditions. Since I purchased a month of service from Virgin Mobile and since Best Buy has a 30-day return policy, I guess I'll keep the MiFi for a little while longer to see if any of these problems resolve themselves. As of now, however, I can't recommend the MiFi 2200.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Descent no contract broadbandPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've used this device in various areas around SC and have gotten over all descent speeds with it. It's faster in most areas than my Verizon Wireless mifi that I will be canceling, and the no contract required is definitely nice. Top that off with unlimited data (Verizon has a 5gb data limit) and it makes for a descent mobile broadband device. The downsides: Battery life doesn't seem quite as good as the Verizon Mifi, although I have not specifically timed it. If used for long periods plugged in the device seems to have a tendency to overheat. Will sometimes freak out and loose it's activation requiring you to reactivate it in order to continue using it (has not lost any of my prepaid time though thankfully). The new 199.99 price tag. At 149.99 + the first month for 40 dollars it was barely worth the price, at 199.99 + the first month for 40 dollars it's to expensive for what you get. I would not pay the 199.99 price tag for this device.
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
it works a quarter of the timePosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
i had been looking at this device for a while and decided to buy it despite some of the negative reviews on this and other sites. I should have listened to those reviews because only after a week of use i had problems. It would constantly disconnect me from the internet and at times it will only connect to 1xRTT which is just a standard cell phone signal. I blame the constant disconnecting on the poorly designed wireless transmitter inside the device, i have had to go in and set the device to only allow one connection at a time. Doing that has helped with the disconnecting issue but it still has the problem of switching from EvDO Rev.A to 1xRTT, and this is not because of the area i live in i have a full 3g signal on my phone (which is also through virgin). Pros: When the device works it's ok i get speeds around 100kb/s and 200kb/s. It streams video at a decent resolution (on a clear day i can set video's on youtube to 480p without any issues). The setup is fairly easy if you know a little bit about computers. Cons: The constant disconnecting and not staying connected to the 3g network is a tad annoying. The battery is not the greatest it doesn't get but 2 hours of use on a full charge. It doesn't come with any kind of software to tell you how many MBs you have used. Also their $40 for unlimited has changed so that if you go over 5GBs they will cut your download speeds to 256kbps that translates to only about 36KB/s.
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Irritated by changed expectationsPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I did a lot of research and still bought this unit. I read the reviews and went forward with mixed feelings. Overall we are happy with the unit. IT IS SLOWER than I had hoped. But we do have limited sources for internet service. What really bothers me in the recent annoucement that the "unlimited" was going to be capped then slowed down more. WHAT??? We should at least be grandfathered since we purchased this with that promise!!!!! We are still going to use this for now.....Maybe.... well still debating.... I hope/wish they would keep their promise. I would second guess, I do have 30 days to return.....