Portable Wi-Fi Hotspots – Kyocera, Junxion and Top Global

The New York Times has an article about portable hotspots. These are boxes from companies such as Junxion, Kyocera and Top Global that bridge a high speed cellular data PC card (available from Sprint, Verizon, Cingular or T-Mobile for approximately $50-80 per month) inserted by the user with an internal wi-fi access point.

While these devices may be useful for business travelers and certain other business uses, I doubt they can replace existing DSL or cable broadband services. First, high speed cellular data services is only really “high speed” in certain limited locations. Once you leave those areas, speeds can fall significantly. Second, many of those high speed cellular data providers have acceptable use policies (AUPs) in their service agreements that restrict their wireless data service from being used for certain applications. So, this may mean no steaming, no VOIP. Something to keep in mind.