In ministry, so many of us are on the go a vast majority of the time that we have to find new and creative ways to stay connected. We have smartphones, iPads, broadband cards and some of you still have PDAs (they don’t make those any more . . .).
For myself, I’ve always used a mifi. Many of you are familiar but for those of you who aren’t, it’s a 3G modem that provides internet access to up to 5 different devices anywhere you have cell tower signal. I can throw it down in a meeting and everyone there can securely hit the Web. It’s my 15 minutes of fame.
The downside has always been speed, bandwidth and price. If I’m syncing up with DropBox, browsing is like watching a tree grow and the monthly $$. . . it hurts sometimes.
But there’s hope!
Verizon has been touting their 4G network extensively and all they have are their two broadband cards and the new Thunderbolt. There’s nothing extremely impressive about the devices themselves but the 4G speed . . . it’s out of this world. I’ve done several speed tests with their broadband cards and it’s often been faster than an ethernet connection. You can see if it’s available in your area.
Very soon, Verizon will be releasing their 4G mifi and the monthly cost will be about $10 less than it has been on 3G broadband devices.
How does this help you in ministry? Here are all of the ways we use mifis currently:
Btw, if you need more range than then 20ish feet a mifi provides, grab a Cradlepoint.
Will this help you be more productive in your ministry? What tools do you use to be more effective/productive?