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U Mobile has finally joined the MiFi race with its Huawei MiFi device bundling at RM210/month. From the looks of it, U Mobile’s offering is more affordable than DiGi’s. To get one, you have a choice of UB40 which offers 2GB for RM40/month while power users can opt for UB68 which offers unlimited access with 5GB FUP for RM68/month.
To get one, you’ll need to pay a non-refundable activation fee of RM100, advanced payment of RM68 and RM210 for the device. That’s a total of RM378 required during sign up. We don’t understand why they call RM100 activation and RM68 upfront payment different names as both we’re mentioned in the FAQ that it will be rebated back to the customer. However on the table, only RM100 activation fee is shown rebated RM20/month over 5 months. There’s no contract for the modem but if you decide to terminate earlier you’ll lose out on the monthly rebates.
For more info on the U Mobile MiFi offer, click here. This offer is only valid until 31st December 2010.
Although in terms of specs there’s really not much difference between the two with both offering up to 7.2Mbps download and 5.76Mbps upload, we haven’t yet seen a MiFi this good.
No indication on when this will hit our shores but we don’t expect the E583C to make an appearance here anytime soon. If you’re wondering, the E583C retails for US$177 in Hong Kong, that’s about RM560 — a pretty hefty price considering, the E5 and our current MiFi favourite, the D-Link DIR-457, does pretty much the same thing at very much less money.
(UPDATE 1838hrs 16062010) Things are getting interesting with the Huawei E5830. We highlighted earlier that in DiGi’s FAQ about the device they’ve mentioned that it can’t function as a router while being plugged into a USB port. We even noted the question number – it was Q20 (Google Cached). We’ve discovered that DiGi have recently changed that question to now say that the E5830 can function as a router while being plugged in.
Wonder if we can get our hands on one to really find out.
DiGi also added 2 more FAQ items clarifying that the MiFi device uses normal SIM and that it is not SIM-locked to DiGi’s network.
Original Post: When DiGi first announced that it’s opening pre-orders for the Huawei E5830 MiFi device, we’re pretty sure many of you were stoked.
Having reviewed a similar device – the D-Link DIR-457 – we’re convinced that a MiFi has its uses for those who run with multiple devices. We noted in our review that a MiFI type of device gave us tremendous flexibility and not need to fiddle with USB dongles every time you want to connect to the Internet is simply a joy.
Back to the Huawei E5830. At first sight the device is much better looking that the albino DIR-457. It looked much more compact as well. Performance wise it edges the DIR-457 slightly being able to deliver HSPA speeds of up to 7.2Mbps down and 5.76Mbps up. And by that criteria alone the E5830 would have been a been a better buy. But it’s not that simple.
In our earlier posting about the device, a number of readers have raised the question – can it be used while being charged? We set to find out what the deal is with the E5830 and clear the confusion once and for all.
(UPDATE 1901hrs 16062010) It appears DiGi has amended Q20 in the MiFi pre-order page FAQ. It now says that the E5830 can still function as router while being charged (ie. Plugged into a USB port)
DiGi has announced that they are offering the Huawei E5830 MiFi device which allow users to share their 3G Connection over WiFi. This is a perfect bridge for WiFi powered device to work remotely on 3G network. You can make your own 3G powered WiFi hotspot from your pocket, which is perfect companion for WiFi version of iPad.
Don’t go rushing to DiGi centres yet as it is only open for pre-booking. You may pre-book at DiGi’s facebook group here.
DiGi is claiming this offering as Malaysia’s First ever Mobile WiFi, which we believe is First only for telco bundling. MiFi devices or mobile 3G to WiFi routers have already been on our shores for quite some time. Not too long ago, we’ve reviewed a D-Link DIR-457 Pocket WiFi Router here.
Some key noticable features of the Huawei E5830 Mifi:
Read more about it here.
Have you ever been in a situation where you wish that you had a WiFi hotspot to connect to the Internet to? If you wanted to get some surfing done while out and about you would be limited to hotspots at restaurants or cafes; or you’d have to get a dongle and plug it into your laptop – not really a feasible option for someone who needs to whip out his computer get connected right away.
Also, we’re putting it on record that 3G dongles are ugly. We just hate looking at the thing jutting out of a laptop USB port with a blinding blue lights flashing at every single click.
Enter the WiFi pocket router. A WiFi pocket router grabs 3G signals and turns it to WiFi connectivity for you to use. Unlike USB dongles, these pocket routers allow you to share your 3G connectivity with as much as five WiFi devices.
Some people will instantly see how a WiFi pocket router would be tremendously useful for them but for others, they might not see the point. Which side do you belong to? Well, read the rest of this review to find out.
This is our review of the D-Link DIR-457 pocket WiFi router.
Something else to look forward to in the next Android 2.2 update. TechCrunch has reported that the upcoming Android OS codename Froyo allows you to create your own WiFi hotspot on the device itself. This will come as standard without any rooting or “jailbreaking”.
The ability to create your own mobile WiFi hotspot comes pretty handy especially if you plan to share your current 3G/HSDPA connection with other WiFi devices. Definitely a better step forward than your usual USB Tethering.
Now that makes any Android 2.2 user a walking mobile hot spot as long as you’re within coverage and the area has sufficient bandwidth.
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