Rugged Mi-Fi ensures you'll have Internet anywhere on the planet

Credit: Iridium GO!

Every now and again, out of the clear blue sky, adventure calls your name. Whether that means strapping on some armor and sheathing your foam sword or packing the bare essentials in a backpack and buying a one-way fare to parts unknown, you can now bring the Internet with you. Yes, whether you're live-tweeting a LARP or hiking the remote corners of Nepal, this magic Mi-Fi box has you covered.

The little "Iridium GO!" Mi-Fi was developed by the same folks who brought us the first non-military satellite phone. Iridium controls a worldwide network of satellites, which are hovering far above your head right now, so when they say they can get you online anywhere, they really mean it. The Iridium GO! can connect to any smartphone, as well as up to four other devices simultaneously. Once connected, you'll be able to make voice calls, visit social media sites, upload annoying memes, and even send out a GPS-enabled emergency message if you've run across some unsavory types.

All this data will, however, have to go through one of Iridium's own apps, so at launch your choices may be a little limited. Iridium is already working with developers to broaden the number of apps and types of remote connectivity you can enjoy. As for the Wi-Fi this little "personal cell tower" puts out, you'll have a connectivity radius of about 100 feet, and speeds that more resemble dial-up than anything you've got at home. (I guess that means no watching YouTube videos...) The pricing is also just about as steep as those mountains you'll be climbing.

The Iridium GO! itself is slated to run you nearly $800. That doesn't include your data plan either, which can cost you between $35 and $130 depending on your data needs. So go ahead and climb the Matterhorn, go trek Russia's road of bones for that matter. Just figure out how you're gonna bankroll the whole excursion before you go, or the freedom the Internet affords you in those out-of-the-way places could end up feeling more like a ball-and-chain.

Iridium, via Gizmodo

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