How does a MiFi work? Is it data or WiFi?
SMHAZELNUT
Newbie

I want to understand how MiFi works and what it costs. I saw one that acts like WiFi, and the screen specifically says "No data." So if it's WiFi, which network is it connecting to? And how does it not use data?

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vzw_customer_support
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We want to make sure you know the difference between each service and what it provides. I would want to know what the differences are as well. With regard to the MiFi service here is a link which explains what a MiFi connection is https://www.verizonwireless.com/support/mobile-hotspot-faqs/. I hope this helps. 

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jav6
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"A MiFi taps into 3G or 4G mobile phone networks and uses this connection to create a mini wireless broadband cloud. This can then be shared between mobile internet-enabled devices, such as mobile phones, laptops, netbooks and even games consoles, that are within range of its signal."

It uses cell data to create a local WiFi for you.  The devices connected to your MiFi would show WiFi (no cell data) but your MiFi device would be using cell data.

See Mobile Hotspot FAQs | Verizon Wireless

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