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Master Geek

# 42784 10-Oct-2009 15:17
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I am looking at getting a XT USB Modem. there were two models available, however I can see only the Telecom branded one now. 


1: The site says you can get up to 7.6Mbps - can this be achieved with the Telecom branded one

2: How does the Telecom XT USB compare to the Prepaid option with Vodafone's Vodem. (looking at the vodafone website, the white pre-paid is max 3.6Mbps?)

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Ultimate Geek

  # 263059 10-Oct-2009 15:22
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I noticed that a few days ago.

1. If it advertises that the Telecom one can do that than yes.

2. I haven't used either so I can't comment

Morgan French-Stagg



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  # 263062 10-Oct-2009 15:35
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The Telecom MF636 is a 7.2 device, I can commonly achieve 4Mbits but your experience my differ.

The Sierra Wireless is no longer for sale, although some stores may still have this device if you really want one.



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  # 263157 10-Oct-2009 20:47
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I have 4 telecom XT devices 2 sierra and 2 MF636, the performance is similar with both devices - in store they really try and push the sierra but unless you need to connect an external antenna there is no real need for the extra expense in my opinion - I used to get 4-5mbps on both devices when XT first started now it has dropped to 2-3mbps

I also have 2 vodafone devices, a vodem stick and inbuilt wireless broadband in my laptop, beware the pre pay vodem stick is only rated at 3.6mbps where as the vodem pro sick (on contract) is 7.2mbps, the real world speeds on these devices is 800kbps for my location (infact the upload is quicker - crazy!)

No questions XT is faster and cheaper on prepay, vodafone is acceptable speed for web browsing it's only things like you tube that get frustrating.

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  # 263194 10-Oct-2009 22:56
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When I was in the store, all the CSRs recommended against going for the Sierra (they say you're essentially "paying for the brand")- of oourse if you're on a Mac the Sierra is the lesser of two evils as the ZTE card reinstalling network interfaces every time you plug it in gets old real fast.

I finally have fibre!  Had to leave the country to get it though.

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