This is a compensated review from BlogHer and Sprint
Even though this review is compensated I promise to be totally honest with everything I say about this product. You should know, Internet, that I'm actually a really terrible liar so really, there's nothing to worry about. And I seriously tested this thing out. I even made an embarrassing video of myself, and really, would I go to such lengths if I didn't feel good about hawking it?
Anyway, on to the review...
Have I ever mentioned that I'm hopelessly addicted to the Internet? Like once I dreamed that someone stole my smartphone and I beat them to a pulp. Did I just admit that publicly? Anyway, the saddest greatest thing having an Internet addiction is that I'm totally not alone! These days everyone's addicted to the Internet (yes, even you reading this right now, don't try to deny it).
And the other great part about being addicted to the Internet is that it's easier than ever with all these impressive new gadgets coming out like every day to help you stay connected. Seriously, who comes up with this stuff??
Oh, right. Ahem. The people at Sprint.
We had just returned from a trip to New Orleans when I received the Sprint Overdrive in the mail. I opened up the package and took the sleek little device out of its case and handed it to Greg. "Maybe I've got some kind of NOLA-induced delirium, but I have no idea what this is."
He turned it over in his hand, pressed the ON button. "Whoa," he said, his eyes lighting up greedily like Danny DeVito's in Romancing the Stone, "this is the INTERNET. ANYWHERE."
"What do you mean?" I said.
"Well, with this little gadget you can have wireless Internet wherever you go."
"Give it back then," I demanded, already feeling the urge to pummel my own husband over this thing.
What Greg said is true. The Sprint Overdrive is a tiny little box that allows you to have WiFi wherever you take it. You don't even have to plug it in.
I was still a little suspicious so I committed to testing it out all over Chicago. And I made this really embarrassing video of myself doing so.
Some more stuff I really like about the Sprint Overdrive:
- It's tiny and fits easily into your purse
- It's actually pretty affordable: $99 (with a rebate and a two-year contract)
- You can share the WiFi with up to 5 other devices at the same time (Internet Party!)
- It's seriously easy to set up and use (really good for non-tech-savvy people like me)
- The monthly fee is on par with most DSL carriers so you may as well cancel your home service and just use the Overdrive
- It has a memory card slot and is GPS enabled (I actually have no idea why these are good things but I bet Greg does)
- It's fast (I was able to watch back episodes of The Bachelor on Hulu without a glitch)
- Did I mention that it's really sleek looking and kinda makes me feel like I stole it from James Bond?
- Oh, and it comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts for around 4 hours (or you can just leave it plugged in, of course)
Places I think the Sprint Overdrive will come in really handy (besides yoga class):
- The Airport -- no more paying for WiFi while you sit at the gate waiting for your delayed flight
- Hotels -- no more succumbing to stupid WiFi hotel charges
- Your favorite coffee shop -- where the WiFi is NOT dependable (I'm talking to you, The Grind)
- Your parent's house where they're still using (gasp) dial-up
Anyway, I really do love this thing. It's seriously cool to never wonder where your WiFi is going to come from.
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- This giveaway is open to US Residents, aged 18 and older.
- Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
- You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
- Contest ends 3/31/2010
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