I love my Cradlepoint PHS300 router. It’s been a constant companion for me for two years, providing Internet access for me and my friends at just about every conference I attend (and organize!) It’s a battery-powered box with a USB port and Wi-Fi radio. Attach almost any 3G or 4G modem or smartphone (other than the iPhone) and you’re online and sharing. And it’s better than a MiFi: You can customize the experience, it’s faster (in my testing), and it scales to support way more users.
I bought my PHS300 for about $180, which is kinda pricey compared to the alternatives. So I was pleased to receive an email from Cradlepoint (who I’ve come to know) letting me know about a sale they have going on right now. For a limited time (how long?), you can get the latest PHS300 router (updated with 4G support) as well as an extra battery for just $99! Compare this to Amazon’s lowest price of $100 for just the router plus $25 for the battery. Note: Use promo code “HOLIDAY” when you check out to receive the discount!
Speaking of 3G sticks, I’ve been experimenting with Virgin Mobile’s prepaid wireless here in the USA. It’s the best deal going – $40 for unlimited EV-DO data with no contract! I grabbed the Novatel MiFi 2200 for testing, but it is, as I mentioned, much slower than my old Novatel 727 and both use the same Sprint airwaves. I suggest getting the Ovation MC760 and Cradlepoint router instead. It seems quicker than the MiFi, though it could be that Sprint is throttling Virgin customers on their network…
This isn’t some kind of paid Cradlepoint ad – I don’t get a dime if you buy a PHS300 from them, and they’re not paying me for anything. I just like their products.