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    Posted April 30, 2013 by
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    AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi Liberate is Speedy Wi-Fi in Your Pocket!

     

    Developed by Novatel Wireless of San Diego, and powered by AT&T's 4G network, the AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi Liberate is the first mobile hotspot device with a touchscreen display.
    The well-designed 2.8-inch color touchscreen display is user-friendly like your smartphone. You can connect up to 10 Wi-Fi devices with this portable hotspot. Earlier models allowed only five connections maximum. With the intuitive menu, you can view data usage, manage all connected devices, change network and device settings, and more functions using the handy touchscreen.
    The MiFi Liberate, which offers access to 4G LTE speeds, includes a powerful Li-ion battery that provides up to 11 hours of continuous use. The global-ready MiFi Liberate also lets you connect in more than 200 countries. So feel free to take it overseas, and stay connected to Wi-Fi. You can share files and media stored on the microSD memory card. But I didn't test that function..
    You get up to speed fast, since the controls are quite simple. The icons are Connection Details, Data Usage, Connected Devices, Settings, Messages, File Sharing, Media Center, GPS, Wi-Fi Protected Setup and About. At the top of the display you see the AT&T 4G LTE connection, time, number of devices connected and battery status.
    After charging via the right side, you press Power on the left side. Then follow on-screen instructions. To add devices, you just need the network name and password (actually a number, sometimes referred to as a network key). Those are stored on the device, along with the website password (which you can change later).
    I tested the MiFi Liberate with three devices. There was an Acer ultrabook I was reviewing, my Kyocera Android smartphone, and my backup desktop PC with a Belkin USB Wi-Fi adapter. I took the ultrabook on a recent Amtrak trip, and I was glad I did. Amtrak's Wi-Fi was not working very well (big surprise, right?).
    The MiFi Liberate worked flawlessly while traveling the rails between San Diego and Santa Barbara, California. I charged it up fully before I left, and just put the MiFi Liberate in my pocket. That's easy because it's lightweight and compact. I didn't have to recharge it until late that night. I didn't bring along the power cord, as it turned out my smartphone charging cord was exactly the same!
    With new AT&T's new Mobile Share plans, you can share a single “bucket of data” across smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices, including the MiFi Liberate. AT&T Mobile Share allows you to construct a custom plan.
    The MiFi Liberate is a fine product, and you'll like it like I did. At this writing, ATT.com has it on sale. Its regular price is $169.99 but with a two-year contract it's a low $49.99. Shipping is free when you order online. Just surf to www.att.com/shop/wireless/devices/novatelwireless/mobile-hotspot-mifi-liberate-graphite.html.

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