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Bought this for use in South Africa. I decided ...
on 13 January 2016
Bought this for use in South Africa. I decided to check that it worked in the UK, before leaving. My Phone is on Three so I took the dongle to my local Three shop to get a data sim. They only had micro sims but gave me an adapter. At home I tried to use the dongle on my laptop running windows 8.1. the computer recognised and installed the dongle successfully, However the dongle simply will not recognise the sim. I get a message (every time I turn it on saying) "Insert sim and re start your device."
Checked online and found that this is a common problem with Huawei dongles, they are extremely picky about what sims they recognise. This lead me to more research into if the dongle would work on the two networks which are available to me in the area of S.A. that I am visiting, Cell C and MTN. Both of these networks report that their sims will not work in the Huawei E3131 HSPA+ modem.