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UNFIT FOR PURPOSE,
This review is from: Unlocked Huawei E5776s-32 4G Mobile LTE WIFI Hotspot MiFi 150 Mbit/s (Accessory)
Took a fortnight to arrive and when it did I popped in a Vodafone PAYG data SIM card, changed the APN settings to the appropriate ones and, in spite of trying this and every other suggestion I could find on the internet, was still getting 'No Service', therefore unable to activate. The SIM card worked fine in other devices, so the problem was evidently with the Huawei.
I then ran some further tests with the Huawei E5776 and discovered that the problem is basically one of sensitivity. The SIM card did in fact work, but only when within a few hundred metres of a base station. I conducted a series of parallel tests with my Nexus 4 (also on Vodafone) within an area of up to 20 miles from my house and found that, while the Nexus 4 retained a signal strength of 3-4 bars at all points, the Huawei E5776 rarely achieved half that and on repeated occasions (and often when the Nexus 4 was still showing four bars) showed 'No Service' at all. Even in my own home the Nexus 4 showed four bars while the Huawei had no signal.
I have to say that this serious weakness in sensitivity makes the device not fit for purpose in my opinion. I bought it for travelling in parts of the Mediterranean where the mobile signal is often weak and this experiment demonstrates that there would be numerous occasions when although I had a usable signal on my mobile phone I would be unable to use the Huawei because of this inherent problem. I even tried the device with an external antenna, which made no difference at all.
I therefore came to the disappointing conclusion that I must reject the item as unfit for purpose and request a full refund. It's really only of any value in areas where the mobile network has a very strong signal and certainly not for travelling.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2014 12:48:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Apr 2014 12:48:56 BDT
Nick Poighnt says:
May I ask, where you using a full size vodafone sim in this device? Or was it a smaller sim, put inside a plastic adaptor??
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