October 14, 2009 | by Robert Nelson
Every once in a while you hear a rumor that despite what the evidence (or lack off) may suggest, you just want to believe it will come true. And that is what my initial reaction was to the latest rumor surrounding Verizon and their upcoming plans for Android.
Anyway, for those unfamiliar with the MiFi, in short it is a small little gadget that works essentially as a 3G router. After the initial setup is done, the MiFi acts as a personal hotspot and allows you to connect up to five wireless devices and share your 3G connection. They are great and are as simple as pushing one button, then your other device, whether it be a laptop, netbook or mobile phone just connects as it would to any other available Wi-Fi hotspot. Currently you can get a MiFi and service through either Verizon or Sprint (personally I have the Sprint model).
Now getting back to the rumor — it looks like the third Android device that is to come through Verizon Wireless is going to have ‘MiFi like’ functionality.
As of now the details are understandably light and suggest that it will be a smartphone that will “have the capability to act as a “MiFi” personal WiFi router.” Other points include that this will be the first device to gain approval through the Open Development Program.
As far as availability, of course nothing is official, but according to the rumor it will be available in early 2010.
That said, in the meantime there are still other options to enable and tether your Android handset such as PDANet.