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November 04, 2004

XM Radio Delphi MyFi Portable

Posted by Mark Mitford (editor) on November 4, 2004 01:30 PM in Music .

XM Radio Delphi MyFi Portable

Cnet has a preview of the Delphi MyFi portable XM radio player:

"Delphi's MyFi is the first personal satellite-radio receiver to offer a truly portable, Walkman-style form factor. The MyFi lets you listen to all of XM's more than 130 digital stations anywhere you can see the sky. It will be available in December for a list price of $350."

(more from Cnet)

"If the $350 list price doesn't scare you, don't forget that you'll need to continue your $10-per-month XM subscription to make the MyFi more than a paperweight. And though you'll be able to listen to such XM exclusives as Major League Baseball broadcasts, don't expect to hear Sirius-only fare such as Howard Stern (in 2006) or the NFL."

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Comments on XM Radio Delphi MyFi Portable

I bet most people that buy the MyFi already have XM in the car or at home. If so the price is only $6.99 per month, not too scary. The MyFi is loaded with everything you will ever need to make it work at its optimum. Unlike other units where you have to buy the home kit, the car kit, and so on this comes with it all which makes the price about the same in the end. You are correct that Howard Stern will not be heard on XM and to that I say thanks, and with 16 weeks of football versus hundreds of baseball games at my disposal. I take XM any time over the competition.

Posted by: Lenny Miller at January 7, 2005 10:56 AM

If your ear has been to the ground recently, then you may have heard that more XM2Go models are coming. Well folks, they're here, and they aren't an improvement.

They are the Giant "Tao", and the Pioneer "Airware". Both models include the full car and home kits that the standard MyFi kit offers, and sadly, the same price as well.

This a bit surprising when it comes to the Tao, as it's literally the OEM version of the MyFi, except with a different black finished shell. Giant, who makes the MyFi for Delphi, has trotted this out in an effort to cash in as well, but instead of the savings you'd expect without the Delphi branding, the unit is still close to $300. The Airware, on the other hand, looks quite different. It is narrower, looking a bit less like an iPod than the other two, bit more like a iPod mini, or a cell phone. It's also less ergonomic in design, with its controls laid out in a grid pattern. It also will retail for around the same price.

At the moment, the MyFi is the way to go, except for that pesky price due to the included car and home accessory kits, which has come down closer to $200, but still ain't cheap.

Delphi, in anticipation of the new XM2Go models, has come to a conclusion...sell the MyFi alone. It's called the MyFi "Lite" and is basically the same unit, but with earbuds and a charger alone. It currently sells for around $100 (You can all breathe a sigh of relief now) ;)

If that is still a stretch for you, then there are alternatives like http://www.freemyfi.info

However you get it, you'll be glad you did.

Good luck!

Posted by: Taken Aback at May 18, 2005 06:07 AM

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