TRENDnet Creates Mobile Hotspot From Older 3G USB WWAN Modems
The TEW-656BRG is one of the lightest and smallest 3G routers available; so small that it can slip into any laptop bag unnoticed. It has no battery, and can be powered directly from a laptop's USB port, eliminating the often frustrating search for an electrical outlet while on the go (it also comes with an electrical adapter). The device also features a built in hanging hook, allowing users to neatly hang the TEW-656BRG on the back of a laptop screen while working. There's no installation required; simply plug the 3G / 3.75G modem into the router to share an Internet connection with multiple users.
You'll need to provide the 3G plan, but if you'd rather not invest in a MiFi device (and just keep using the 3G dongle you've already paid for), this is an excellent alternative solution. It's shipping now for $99.99; definitely cheaper than a MiFi, but we certainly wish it were a bit cheaper in order to make the split-decision a bit easier.