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EE UK Launch 150Mbps Capable 4G Mobile Broadband and WiFi USB Modem

Saturday, April 20th, 2013 (7:55 am) - Score 3,583

Mobile operator EE, which recently announced that it would double its headline 4G based Mobile Broadband speeds up to 80Mbps (here), has now launched one of the United Kingdom’s first LTE Category 4 (150Mbps capable) based mobile WiFi modems (MiFi) – the Huawei E5776.

The modem, which essentially redistributes the operators Mobile Broadband service to computers and other internet-enabled devices around your home by also acting as a mini wifi router, is naturally being released to help customers take full advantage of EE’s June 2013 network speed upgrade.

Prices for the operators dedicated Mobile Broadband plans currently start at £12.99 per month (24 month contract) for a 1GB (GigaByte) usage allowance, which incidentally the press release incorrectly lists as “1Gb” (Gb = Gigabit), and top of that you also get 1 month of free service. Sadly the plans only go up to 8GB and that will set you back £25.99 per month, which is quite tiny when you consider the forthcoming speed boost (though average speeds will be closer to 20Mbps).

Paul Jevons, EE’s Director of Products and Devices, said:

We’re pleased to be launching our first next generation 4G device. With this device, not only will customers get amazing Superfast 4GEE speeds today, but they’ll also benefit from an even greater experience when we double the speeds on our network, which will be rolling out this summer.”

Consumers with a Huawei E5776 will also benefit from EE Film (combines 2 for 1 cinema ticketing and film downloads or streaming) and a discount of £5 per month on the providers superfast fixed line FTTC Fibre Broadband packages.

Unfortunately the press release doesn’t give us all the details, so we had to go hunting around to find out what the Huawei E5776 really included. Suffice to say that it uses 2×2 wifi antennas, supports 10 wifi devise simultaneously (some 3G/4G wifi modems only support 5), includes a 3000mAh batter, micro SD card support, micro USB port and it’s even designed to work with an IPv6/IPv4 dual stack network.

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7 Responses
  1. Avatar DanielM

    Most of the latest Huawei Modems already support ipv6 and MIMO etc

    I think the first hspa+ one was the E367

    There network is still a ripoff and the way its setup is also quite bad. (they use large scale nat and proxy servers) this also makes the likes of iplayer and youtube seem faster.

  2. Avatar Web Dude

    From 2008 to 2012, I was paying Three 7.50 or 8 GBP each month for an allowance of 15 GB (OK, they had a half-price deal on at signup in September 2008, so I was getting a bargain) but it is clear to many that if you are offering higher speed, the allowance should also go up.

    8 GB is rather pathetic and I’ll not be recommending any of my clients touch EE until such time as they are ready to offer 20+ GB (on my ‘All You Can Eat’ account on my Three Android phone I’ve downloaded 20-30 GB a month, so EE just wouldn’t be worth touching for me).

  3. Avatar Phil

    I will never touch EE, far rip off and expensive and the 8GB allowance isn’t worth it

  4. Avatar James

    I had EE 4G for 4 days. I was only getting 4mbps down and 21 up. With no ipad tethering operation it was useless. SO I terminated it.

    Sticking with 3G on 3 until they launch 4G is the way to go.!

  5. Avatar John

    EE’s 4G network may be the latest and greatest, but the usage allowance isn’t attractive at all. I’d rather take unlimited from 3 at a lower speed.

    • Avatar DanielM

      It’s neither Three’s Ultrafast network is much better.

    • Avatar DTMark

      We have 30GB per month from Three for £45/mo, “rolling monthly” contract

      At these sorts of speeds

      http://www.speedtest.net/result/2662038055.png *

      So EE’s offering is still comparatively poor for price and for speeds too judging by what I see people posting. Upstream higher than downstream seems surprisingly common.

      But then it’s new and competition has yet to really kick in.

      On the other hand I don’t imagine our Three speeds are what you’d call “typical”.

      * unless the kids are on holiday, then it’s more like 6Meg

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