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Topic # 201899 8-Sep-2016 21:09
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Hi All,

 

Just posting as i'm doing some testing on a Vodafone USB Dongle the k5160 which according to this link has "4g extended" ref: http://www.vodafone.co.nz/shop/mobileInternetDetails.jsp?skuId=sku950357

 

Well after doing some research and actual tests with the dongle received today firstly taking a look at the FCCID at the back which is QISK5160 it turns out that it does not have any 700mhz Frequencies ref: https://fccid.io/QISK5160

 

Then taking a drive to a relatively nearby 700mhz tower the dongle does not connect. It only connects to a 4g tower on 1800mhz.

 

Slightly frustrated so wondering if anyone else knows the deal? 

 

That aside anyway I'm wondering if anyone can tell me their experience with connecting a standard Vodafone Data Sim into a B315s-607 Rural Broadband Modem and operating as a CPE around NZ?

 

Obvious Questions

 

* will the network accept any Vodafone SIM in the Device

 

* will the Device accept any Vodafone SIM 

 

If Not - Maybe i'm better to buy an unlocked one. Perhaps even unlocking a Skinny $99 one may be the right way forward as it doesn't seem difficult to unlock.

 

Any knowledge on whether the devices are SIM locked would be useful too - and at what level based on operator or specific SIM.

 

 

 

thanks.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1628024 12-Sep-2016 17:42
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Nowhere on the Vodafone site page you linked seems to give any indication that this is a "4G extended" device?!?

 

 

 

In fact on the 'Technical Specifications' page it clearly states: 

 

GSM Band  850/900/1800/1900

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As for using a standard Vodafone Data SIM in the B315s-607 Rural Broadband Modem, that should work fine. Using it in a Skinny Broadband Modem (B315s-608) should also be fine (it isn't locked) but just be aware it will only work with 4G LTE on frequencies 700/1800/2600 MHz (will also do 4G LTE on 850/2100 MHz if Spark ever decide to go there!)



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  Reply # 1628119 12-Sep-2016 19:45
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tangerz:

 

Nowhere on the Vodafone site page you linked seems to give any indication that this is a "4G extended" device?!? 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey there - thanks! I should have updated my post, at the same time as creating my post I emailed the details to our enterprise account manager and solutions consultant at Voda. They updated their website that day - it was a typo - I just checked the google cache though and attached a pic of what it used to look like before they updated it.

 

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Thanks for the info on the Skinny router - i'll grab one. (I also got our account manager to send me the Vodafone one which I think is the same)


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  Reply # 1628317 13-Sep-2016 08:15
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Tuikapo:

 

tangerz:

 

Nowhere on the Vodafone site page you linked seems to give any indication that this is a "4G extended" device?!? 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey there - thanks! I should have updated my post, at the same time as creating my post I emailed the details to our enterprise account manager and solutions consultant at Voda. They updated their website that day - it was a typo - I just checked the google cache though and attached a pic of what it used to look like before they updated it.

 

Click to see full size

 

 

 

Thanks for the info on the Skinny router - i'll grab one. (I also got our account manager to send me the Vodafone one which I think is the same)

 

 

 

 

Ahhh I see! They did have that one wrong then!

 

 

 

The Skinny router (B315s-608) and Vodafone router (B315s-607) are similar but NOT the same. They should both work with any SIM card but the Skinny one ONLY DOES 4G/LTE. The Vodafone one does both 3G and 4G/LTE so will work in areas that have 3G coverage but no 4G/LTE coverage.




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  Reply # 1628960 13-Sep-2016 22:02
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The Skinny router (B315s-608) and Vodafone router (B315s-607) are similar but NOT the same. They should both work with any SIM card but the Skinny one ONLY DOES 4G/LTE. The Vodafone one does both 3G and 4G/LTE so will work in areas that have 3G coverage but no 4G/LTE coverage.

 

 

Thanks for this info, this is perfect - and works out well for what i'm trying to do. Skinny modem with a personal Spark $5 data share SIM over at a boat club running a weather station and camera to look at the water. 700mhz 4G is present there. Then the vodafone router for testing of 3G / 4G work stuff around the country.

 

Should have all the kit this week! Cheers.


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