I love travelling. It’s amazing to be able to see new places and enjoy new experiences. Anyone who says that it’s about the journey, not the destination, has never been on a 15-hour flight with crying babies. To me, it’s about the journey you take once you’ve arrived at the destination. Do you go on your own and take the road less traveled? Or stick to the popular attractions?
The biggest problem I have when travelling, though, is staying connected. While our local telcos are having an all out war in an attempt to come up with the best roaming plans, they’re still teetering on the pricey side. Another option is to pick up a local SIM, but that has its complications too. So what’s left?
Well, the third option is to rent a portable wireless router from someone like Travel Recommends.
Yes’ Huddle XS promo just got a lot better. Following its CNY promo that offered 11GB data for RM88/month, the WiMAX operator has introduced a new promo offering 16GB of data at the same price. That’s 5GB more than last month’s promo and it is 10.5GB more than the original 5.5GB quota on Super88 postpaid plan.
As we swing into the new year, Yes is doubling up its wireless broadband offering for less. At only RM88/month, you’ll get 11GB of data which can be shared with its free bundled Huddle XS MiFi.
With our nation’s 58th Merdeka celebration around the corner, Celcom has introduced two Merdeka promos for your freedom to surf. Starting with its FIRST One Plan, its new postpaid product now gives you more data than before.
Mobile Internet is no doubt getting faster. While our local telcos are expanding its 4G LTE coverage nationwide, Huawei has taken a bold step by introducing an even faster 4G LTE MiFi hotspot device. The recently announced E5786 is the World’s Fastest 4G LTE MiFi that’s rated at Cat 6. This lets you create a mobile WiFi Hotspot with download speeds up to 300Mbps and uploads up to 100Mbps.
We’ve managed to get a hands-on with the new MiFi and it is about the same size as the current Huawei E5776 Cat 4 4G MiFi which we have in Malaysia. In terms of design, it has a different front plate that’s slightly different from the current Pebble stone like appearance. Unlike the current E5776, there’s no visible flaps for microSD and SIM card slots as it is hidden underneath its removable back cover. Overall, it is a pretty solid device and Huawei does know how to make good looking yet functional MiFis.
What we liked on the new E5786 is a rather comprehensive interface that’s accessible using the new Menu button placed at the sides together with the power button. This gives you access to vital information on the front monochrome display and you can even change settings such as WiFi bands and enabling Data Roaming for the SIM Card. To make connecting easier, it can even display a QR code to be scanned using a smart phone. Like its predecessor, it is able to connect up to 10 wireless devices.
The battery capacity remains unchanged at 3,000mAh and is rated to last up to 10 hours of usage. On our E5776 MiFi, the battery lasted us about 6-8 hours depending on the number of devices connected simultaneously. Obviously we didn’t manage to get a feel of its high speed connectivity since we were in the event halls of Mobile World Congress. Don’t expect this to arrive in Malaysia any time soon until our 4G networks are ready for blazing 300Mbps speeds.
Check out our hands-on video and additional photos after the break.
Huawei has just announced the E5786 4G LTE MiFi which is the successor to the E5776. The new E5786’s claim to fame is its ability to support Cat 6 4G LTE connections delivering download speeds of up to 300Mbps and uploads speed of up to 100Mbps. In addition to that, the E5786 has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac support and is capability of supporting 10 simultaneous WiFi connections.
Like E5776 it replaces, the E5786 features a non-replaceable 3,000mAh which is good for 10 hours of non-stop use. The E5786 is also capable of reverse charging allowing you to use the device like a battery pack to charge your devices when you don’t have a power source handy for example. In terms of availability, the E5786 will be released in the second half of this year subject to operator compatibility.
Head after the break for the promo video and hands-on photos.
Creating a WiFi hotspot is pretty easy these days with rapid expansion of mobile networks and availability of MiFi devices. But what if you need to stay connected at extremely remote areas and possibly the harshest places on earth? Look no further as Iridium Go offers global satellite connectivity that connects up to 5 devices on WiFi. It even allows you to make voice calls through its Android and iOS.
The Iridium Go device itself is pretty rugged and comes with a flip up antenna that doesn’t require special satellite orientation. It is rather durable with a Military Grade ruggedness of MIL-STD 810F, dust and splash resistance of IP65. If you do get into trouble, the Iridium Go also comes with a SOS button with integrated GPS.
There’s no battery capacity being mentioned but the Iridium Go is said to last for 4 hours talk time. While they didn’t share estimated download speeds, it is likely to be slow as the brochure proudly highlights its web compression technology including blocking of pop-ups, ads and even background pictures for optimal experience. After all, it is all about basic connectivity not heavy downloads while travelling to Timbuktu.
While Iridium pride itself for no roaming charges, the device is expected to be priced around US$800 and don’t expect subscription fees to be cheap.
When DiGi started its 4G LTE Broadband service couple of months back, they didn’t offer any 4G broadband devices. Now with the 4G race heating up, they are now offering 4G LTE USB Modem & MiFi on contract. There are 4 plans to choose from with a choice of 4GB, 6GB and 10GB of data quota.
The 4G LTE USB Modem & MiFi are offered for free on its Broadband 6GB plan of RM99/month & 10GB plan of RM139/month. Outright, the Huawei 4G LTE USB modem is priced at RM499 while the Huawei 4G LTE MiFi goes for RM599. There’s no contract however there’s an upfront payment which will be rebated back across 12 months. For those that want to commit less, the 4G LTE Modem & MiFi is offered at RM138 and RM198 respectively on its Broadband 4GB and 4GB Day plans.
In terms of coverage, DiGi’s 4G LTE network is rather spotty right now with limited coverage at Shah Alam, Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya, Bukit Bintang, and Ampang. You can check out the full coverage map here.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s 4G LTE modem promo page.
With 4G coverage expanding particularly in the Klang Valley, Maxis has finally introduced its 4G LTE MiFi modem which allows you to create a mobile hotspot. The MiFi modem worth RM500 is bundled for free with its wireless broadband plans of RM88/month and above. If you’re planning to get one, below are the list of eligible broadband options:
RM88/month (5GB Peak + 15GB Off Peak)
RM128/month (7GB Peak + 21GB Off Peak)
RM158/month (12GB Peak + 36GB Off Peak)
The Peak hours are defined as 8AM to 2AM while off peak is a 6 hour window between the 2AM to 8AM. All wireless modem bundles are tied with a 12 month contract. During sign up, there’s a RM100 activation fee and an upfront payment of RM240 which will be rebated back across 12 months.
The bundled device is a Huawei E5776 which supports Cat4 4G LTE with speeds up to 150Mbps. On Maxis network, the claimed average download speeds is about 10-30Mbps with the potential of going up to 75Mbps. The MiFi is capable of connecting up to 10 WiFi devices and has a claimed battery life of up to 10 hours with its rather huge 3,000mAh battery. You can check out more details of the Huawei 4G MiFi modem here.
For more information, head over to Maxis Wireless Broadband.
P1 now offers a new MiFi personal hotspot which claims to offer higher performance. The new device that carries the model number MX230 comes in a perfect square design with slimmer profile that’s somewhat similar to the huddle XS.
Compared to the earlier MF230, the new MX230 is heavier at 75g (MF230: 62g) but it is able to connect up to 8 devices simultaneously, which is great for sharing with your peers. The built-in battery is said to last up to 6 hours.
Both MF230 and MX230 are offered on rental basis bundled with 24 months contract of 6GB ToGo 69 plan for RM69/month. The MF230 is being offered for free while the new MX230 requires RM100 modem upgrade free. As a special promo, they are offering additional RM200 rebate (RM10x 20 months) and another extra RM50 off if you sign up online. ToGo 69 plan offers uncapped speeds on best effort basis.
For more information, head over to P1 MiFi page.