Which MIFI ?

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  1. chrisboyo

    chrisboyo Funster

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    I have just been looking on Amazon with a view to buying an unlocked MIFI
    It seems quite confusing, well it is to me.
    There are loads of different types and model numbers

    So which one do i go for ?

    Thanks Funsters
     
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    I swear by my 3 mi fi :thumb:
     
  3. marymary

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    I have a 3 mifi too, pay as you go so I usually do the £10 a month.....:Smile:
     
  4. Phill D

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    i use a Huawei E5331 unlocked but usually buy a 3 data sim on ebay at around £11 for 3gb over 90 days,:thumb:
     
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  5. Chris

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    That's what I have got too.

    Not used it yet but I have got it.
     
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    We have used an unlocked (branded '3') HUAWEI E5331 for 18 months now in the UK, France, Spain and Portugal using 3 in the UK, Europa SIM across the rest and Vodafone PT in Portugal SIMS.

    This model is bit old now you should be looking for a newer one I would recommend you have a look at www.motorhomewifi.com and get in touch with Adam I'm sure he will help you sort something out to suit your needs.
    :thumb:
     
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    I'm still using a Huawei e585 bought some years ago. It was Three but I unlocked it myself. I still normally use a Three SIM card though, unlocking just allows a Vodafone SIM to be used if there is no Three coverage.

    The e5331 is a newer model so presumably more powerful than the e585 - might need to check specs though.

    I've found that the Three network is normally reliable (had to stick the MiFi on the flag pole at Malvern Show though) and better than others.
     
  8. enery8

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    I have a huawei e5332 which is the same as the e5331 except it has an antenna socket.
    I also bought an antenna from touringenterprises (motorhome wifi) HIGH GAIN 3G Antenna 28dbi TS9 for MiFi Devices Huawei E5332 E5776 E586 2M Cable £22.99 + £2.95 postage and I am getting 8mbps, double what I was getting without the antenna.:thumb:
     
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    Hi

    I have a 5331 model. It is OK and is using a THREE sim at present, mostly because of the free roaming in Italy and six other countries - see my blog item here about it overseas.

    Russell
     
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    We have the 5331 and use it with a 3 SIM card. I think our sim was £12 on Amazon for 3gb and three months use. Had very good results using it and great for the iPads .
    If I was to buy one now I would probably go as per "enery8" and get the 5332 with external antenna socket.
     
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    I have a three Huawei myfi but will have to check what model, how do I go about having it unlocked please?

    thanx
    Kath x
     
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    thanks for that :thumb:

    considered long and hard as to whether to buy an antenna or not.....i think that just made up my mind.

    my main reluctance was i thought the antenna simply increased the signal range (phone signal not wifi strength.) and 'boosted' weak signals.
     
  14. enery8

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    Re my post about the e5332 and antenna. I forgot to mention, the antenna I bought is also semi-directional.
    Hope this helps
    Bill
     
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    I use an E5332 as well. Works fine usually. Sometimes signal strength can be a bit low. So inside my motorhome there is a long usb cable, (to connect to the 12v socket). This cable is draped round the cupboards, shelves etc so that I can put the wifi in the most suitable window. (avoids the Faraday shield effect).

    Reading the thread, mention is made of an external antenna.

    Oh thinks I, I wonder what that funny covered socket in the side of my wifi is for?

    After 10 mins or so if google research, I find I can use an external antenna on the unit.

    Ordered on ebay, delivery 20 to 48 hours. Lets hope it works. (I shall report back)

    Thanks to Pappajohn for starting the thread and to enery8 for triggering my brain cells into life.

    Peter
     
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    This is how I unlocked mine but it wasn't quite as straightforward as the web site suggests. It's a little while ago so I can't remember exactly but the PST sequence wasn't where it "should" have been. Other devices use other methods and you may have to go via the phone company and pay.

    Caveat: If something goes wrong it can lock the device, you only get so many goes.

    For anyone buying new it's probably easier to buy one ready unlocked.
     
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    I recently bought a Tesco Hudl, mainly to use in the MH when we are away. I thought that I had best buy a MiFi and was guided by the Tesco mobile phone sales guy. Amazingly, I have a Huawei E5332. I say amazingly because I didn't have a clue about them, so thank you Tesco, apparently. :thumb:
     
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    We have a Huawei E5331 bought unlocked from Amazon.Works great with the i pads in the van and no signal problems anywhere we have been as yet.We are pretty heavy users at the moment as we are searching for a new home whilst living in the van so have a Three 7gb sim which costs £25 for 30 days but will drop to the 3gb for £15 when we are settled(whatever that is!):thumb:
     
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