MANY OF US already know how useful WiFi connectivity can be in an airplane or on a train, but now 3 is now pushing WiFi for the car.
The "In Car WiFi" kit basically works by connecting to a 3G network, creating a personal WiFi network that a user carrying anything from a netbook to a mobile phone can use.
Previously if you wanted to use an Internet connection in your car you would need either a dongle or a 3G enabled device, but these can be unreliable at the best of times, and especially when you're in a fast moving vehicle.
David Kerrigan, head of Internet services at 3, plugged research which said that more than a quarter of the UK population are interested in having the Internet in their cars.
So 3 unveiled its In Car WiFi kit at the Gadget Show that's being held in Birmingham. But as 3 admitted to us, it is actually the 3 MiFi Huawei E5830, a 'MiFi' device the Inquirer has already reviewed.
These sorts of devices have already gotten a bit of attention because they enable you to have a WiFi hotspot anywhere.
With this 3 has basically rebadged it, put in a different charger that can work with a car's electrical supply and added £10 onto the price, which is now about £60.
It's all about the marketing. There's nothing spectacularly new and different about it, as it's already about three months old. µ
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