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3 Mobile Broadband ZTE MF622 USB Modem.
Use literally anywhere with a mobile phone signal . 98% coverage . Full On Regular Internet Access
Running out of credit, unused bandwidth does not rollover
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I went and bought the ZTE MF622 USB Broadband modem after reading about it on the 3 website. What made me go out and buy it was the fact that existing 3pay customers got it for £70 instead of £99. Since buying it the price has dropped to 50%. So i presume that would be about £50 now. Obviously this is the best choice if you dont want a landline in order to enjoy the full benefit of broadband. It's just as good as wifi, as you can move about freely. No need to be near any phone line as the signal works the same as your mobile. As long as your within coverage of the mobile signal masts. Which are plentiful these days. I live in Crewe, Cheshire. Im apparently in the 3 turbo network area which is meant to give you a connection rate of about 3.6mbps. Which is pretty good going. All the big websites which use a lot of bandwidth such as download.com and youtube work just as well as some of the adsl broadband providers. At the moment the mobile broadband craze is just kicking off so networks aren't too bad in capping your connection rate. Dunno how its gonna be in the future. I think things are gonna get better. At least you could take your laptop down to the park and still be connected (if your a student) lol. Anyway what comes in the package? It's all wrapped into a dvd style presentation box. Open it up and you will find a very short usb cable, Another cable which is about a metre long, this one has 2 usb cables at one end and a single at the other end. Apparently the one that has 2 usb at one end is for boosting your signal if you may have connection problems. I.e. you plug both usb's into one computer, not like i thought, (you could run internet on 2 computers, confused me though because the 2 usb's are only inches apart. lol. Read up about it though. Good old internet eh? Erm yeah you dont get an installation cd. as when you first connect it to a computer it is recognised as a removable cd drive while installing itself. You might have problems staying connected so best thing is going straight to windows update as this provides the latest drivers currently realised april 2008. I did have problems where a dll file kept closing down and then there was no internet activity at all. but since visiting windows update all has worked well. :) Anyway next up, you get a sim card with its own unique mobile number because after all it does use the mobile network. So yes you can text with it. The sim card goes into the slim usb modem on the lower right hand side. The modem has an adapter concealed in the backing which can be used for an external aerial available seperately although ZTE haven't released specifications for this external aerial feature as yet. Unfortunately you can not use this modem to make voice calls but it does have a built in phonebook in the supplied software. A text feature so you can send and receive text messages. I think the software configuration can be edited to work with other networks but dont quote me on that one. No it doesn't have to be unlocked like most mobile phones. so thats good news. I did a speed test for the modem through www.speedtest.net. The connection's download speed at best was around 2 meg so not too far off their advertised turbo network download speed of 3.6mbps. Oh i looked on the internet on ways to boost the mobile signal. Quick Tip..... Get a collander line it with aluminium foil and sellotape the USB modem to the handle so its kinda half in the bowl, I didnt believe it would work but gave it a try and yes it does work, boosted my signal in some areas by about 2 or 3 bars pretty significant eh? have a go for yourself and let me know how much yours improves by, also if you know of any other ways to boost the signal. :) Thank you for reading my review, i hope it was helpful and i think i have covered everything i wanted to. bye for now.
P.S. I knew i would forget something. On 3 the topups are £10=1GB, £15=3GB, and £25=7GB. I've had my modem for about 6 weeks and buy the £25 option. the topup's last for 30 days, if you have unused bandwidth this does not get carried over. My £25 topup lasted for about 27 days and this was checking emails about 5 hours internet activity per day between 3 of us. Using Youtube, Bebo, Facebook, general searching and some live streaming websites such as earthcam. I do a bit of uploading as well which i think is not included in your 7gig download allowance, thus it must be free but im not sure on that one neither.
Interesting review, I have a similar set up with Vodafone so it's nice to be able to compare the two! Think mine's better though LOL! Linda x
headcase44 29.04.2008 00:40
Good review James with lots of interesting information, but at this time of the night with eyes sore from reading so many reviews, LOL Could you please put spaces between your paragraphs. This allows the reader a bit of ease trying to read the lines. Thanks. J.