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Wi-Fi in your pocket
on 17 September 2013
This is just FAB. In simple terms it is a mobile phone without a keypad or screen, but rather than being designed for calls/txts, it streams a link to the internet using Wi-Fi. The signal is secure, just like a phone, or a locked home broadband, and, for reasons beyond my understanding, it transfers information really quickly, unlike my old "Dongles" (usb sticks) which my laptop refers to as a "dial-up connection". The device does make the data credit go at a faster rate than my old ("dial-up") Dongles, but then the Dongles were so slow that at times they weren't usable as pages would time-out.
This is a brilliant item, apparently "unlocked" but i only bought it in that state to give me the option to try other sim cards in it in the future if that suits me then, however it was my intention from the start to use the 3Mobile network, and so far i am very pleased with the reception i am getting, and, as mentioned, the speed of data transfer.
The set-up is a doddle, unbox it, charge it, put a sim card in it, switch it on....job done! You can adjust settings and view signal strength, plus, usefully see how many devices are using it's signal by looking on the Huawei website (there is an instruction booklet) and when using the 3Mobile simcard means that when you open the 3Mobile website it automatically recognizes the unit and give you data-usage without having to Create an Account (you may have to click on "My Account" even though you haven't set one up, but either way the data-useage is there on the website.
I bought this to go with a BlackBerry Playbook, but it will provide your own personal Wi-Fi ("Mi-Fi") for any device that can connect by wireless link. In simple terms, it's portable wireless internet, if there is a 3G mobile phone signal where you want to use it then it will work. Apparently the sim card will 'look' for the best local signal, so if one window in your house doesn't provide a good result then try a different one in a different compass direction, EG, sometimes my East-facing window works better than my West-facing window as there are two transmitters in my immediate area.
The unit's signal bars don't work like a Phone's signal bars. With a phone, the bars go up one at a time depending on signal strength (0,1,2,3,4,5 bars) but this simply shows ALL bars ALL the time, it is the colour that changes, Green bars = good, Orange bars = adequate or moderate, Red bars = no way José. Generally i see green. If you are an information-hunter then you may prefer a more expensive version with a screen that gives actual numeric information, but frankly that's not what i go on-line for.
I can't think why someone wouldn't like this unit. If you are unsure then you could buy one from one of the Network shops (like 3Mobile who sell THIS unit) BUT it will cost you perhaps a fiver more and the unit will be locked to their network, plus you then lose the option to save money buying your sim card here on Amazon at a discounted price, so overall you will pay more but get less future choice (you may require a different provider in a particular geographic area for instance, no good if you have a locked unit)
Charging is by USB lead (they provide a very short one), or, as my Samsung phone charger provides a 5volt supply through a micro-usb connector i use that from the mains, and PROVIDING any car charger you have provides a stabilized 5volt output from 12v/24v input you could use that out and about. MY OWN equipment means that my SatNav lead and Samsung car lead both give a stabilized 5v output.....but i DO KNOW WHAT I AM DEALING WITH. Check any equipment you have and seek advice if you need it. Further, some modern cars provide a USB socket from which you can charge various devices....like this one.
I wouldn't consider being without this device now.
Addendum....THIS 5332 has the same features as the 5331, except that THIS 5332 ALSO has an external aerial socket in the bottom of it, should you wish to add a vehicle aerial (see a lengthy review by another reviewer) Apparently uses a TS9 connector rather than a CRC9 type, though i haven't tried this function myself.