Bell MiFi 2372 Deactivated, Recalled

Novatel may not get enough public airtime, and news coming out today is probably not the kind they want. The MiFi is often touted as one of the greatest innovations for mobile workers, but Bell customers may be questioning that today. Novatel (s nvtl) MiFi 2372 owners have been notified by Bell Mobility that a potential danger exists due to swelling batteries and a recall has been issued. The issue is considered serious enough that Bell Mobility shut MiFi accounts down yesterday to prevent the usage of the MiFi 2372.

MiFi owners are being provided a USB stick modem to use for the 6 to 8 weeks it will take Bell Mobility to exchange the battery and battery cover for affected MiFis. It’s good that Bell is providing an alternative modem, although the USB variety requires a computer to use. This shuts out those who might have been using the MiFi to connect the iPad to the web.

Note that other MiFi models are not affected.

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