My new N97 should be here June 2nd!

When I pre-ordered my N97 a little over a week ago, the expected ship date was in July. However, according to this post, Nokia notified North American distributors that June 2 is the estimated shipping date of the N97. Moreover, according to the official Nokia blog:

Pre-ordering will guarantee you are one of the first to receive the new N97. It will be shipped direct to your door from the production line so you’ll have it the same day it hits the stores in your country.

Now, although this is putting two and two together, it is putting an unofficial thing together with an official thing. Still, the June 2nd report seems reliable enough and I’m hopeful to see a nice package from Nokia on my doorstep around June 2nd.

Pre-ordered a Nokia N97

Found a nice coupon that saved me $175 so I’m taking a chance and pre-ordering a N97. The two primary reasons for picking this over the iPhone and Palm Pre are 1) the 5MP camera; and , 2) the WiFi Hotspot ability via JoikuSpot app. I’ll live with the more clunky interface and resistive touch screen. I’m excited now! Supposed to ship in July.

Portable WiFi hotspot on Verizon

I’ve been waiting for the release of this and curious to see the plan rates. $60 for 5GB/mo seems pretty steep, but I guess it’s the first of its kinda and no competition except for cell phone modems and that’s not really exactly the same.

From the press release:

Take Your Wi-Fi Hotspot on the Road With the New Verizon Wireless MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot From Novatel Wireless
–The World’s Smallest Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot Turns Wi-Fi-enabled Devices into Mobile Internet Tools

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and SAN DIEGO, May 7, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ — Verizon Wireless will introduce the highly-anticipated MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot on May 17. Developed by Novatel Wireless (Nasdaq: NVTL), the MiFi 2200 lets customers create a personal Wi-Fi cloud capable of sharing the reliability and high-speed Internet connectivity of the Verizon Wireless 3G Mobile Broadband network with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as notebooks, netbooks, cameras, gaming devices or portable media/MP3 players.

The MiFi 2200 is small enough to fit in a pocket, measuring 3.5″ x 2.3″ x 0.4″ and weighing 2.05 ounces. It combines a variety of features into its streamlined form factor, including integrated internal CDMA and Wi-Fi antennas, advanced security and authentication technologies. When one device is connected through Wi-Fi, the MiFi 2200’s rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of active use and 40 hours of standby time on a single charge.

“The MiFi 2200 gives more than 86 million customers access to the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network,” said Mike Lanman, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “With projected growth rates of over 30 percent for Wi-Fi mobile phones, MiFi will be of great benefit to both business customers and consumers. It gives customers the flexibility to transform their Wi-Fi-enabled consumer electronics into Mobile Broadband devices and to choose how and when they need to be connected at a price point that will match most budgets.”

“The MiFi 2200 offers unprecedented possibilities for students, mobile workers and families to all stay connected while on the go,” said Peter Leparulo, chairman and chief executive officer, Novatel Wireless. “We are very pleased to work closely with Verizon Wireless to deliver the most advanced connectivity solutions possible to our combined customers.”

The MiFi 2200 will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers can select from various price plans:

—  $39.99 monthly access for 250 MB monthly allowance and 10 cents per megabyte overage
—  $59.99 monthly access for 5 GB monthly allowance and 5 cents per
megabyte overage

Customers can also use the MiFi 2200 with Verizon Wireless’ Mobile Broadband DayPass for $15 for 24-hour access when the device is purchased at full retail price without a monthly service plan.