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Topic # 204883 21-Oct-2016 12:39
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Wife and I are heading up to Europe at the end of the year, looking at buying a mobile hotspot I can put a prepay SIM in and share data between us.

 

Suggestions on something that'll do the job?


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  Reply # 1655652 21-Oct-2016 12:42
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A phone?

 

EDIT: That sounds a bit bluntly rude - But seriously - why not just a mobile phone?





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  Reply # 1655663 21-Oct-2016 12:53
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I've got a pretty basic one going cheap

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1655666 21-Oct-2016 13:04
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Use the Hotspot on your phone

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  Reply # 1655672 21-Oct-2016 13:23
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IME phone hotspots chew thru the battery much faster than a dedicated appliance type one does.

 

Just watch out that there are still 3g only hotspots on retail shelves so dont end up with a slow one if you are buying new.





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  Reply # 1656543 23-Oct-2016 12:47
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Depending how you are intending to use the hotspot 3G is still sufficient for most things, if price is any concern they are almost giving away 3g routers pricewise compared to 4G units these days. In real world terms when working remotely (outlook/SAP/networked spreadsheets etc) I can't usually pick any performance difference between 3G router or 4G hotspot from phone

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1656633 23-Oct-2016 17:03
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If you are somewhere on holiday the 3g network is usually the first to turn to crap because of all the people there on holiday.





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  Reply # 1656643 23-Oct-2016 17:16
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I have used the Huawei E5776 4G Mobile Wifi. Its a fairly small device and works nicely for sharing with up to 5 users.

 

Did a search and found this: Huawei R215 4G LTE It supports up to 10 devices. (PS: Don't know the shop)

 

Been happy with mine, but the last couple of trips now we have been getting prepay SIMs where we have been and used our own smartphones + sharing of data from them.





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  Reply # 1656713 23-Oct-2016 21:15
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Spark MF910 is the most versatile unit I've found. Covers most international frequencies and NZ's 700MHz band 28 LTE also. $200 from spark.

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  Reply # 1656829 24-Oct-2016 11:02
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http://www.store4g.com/huawei-e5786/

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  Reply # 1656865 24-Oct-2016 11:27
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1eStar: Spark MF910 is the most versatile unit I've found. Covers most international frequencies and NZ's 700MHz band 28 LTE also. $200 from spark.

Currently only $149 from Spark:
https://www.spark.co.nz/shop/mobile/mobilebroadbandandtablets/devices/spark-mf910-hotspot-white.html

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  Reply # 1657089 24-Oct-2016 20:29
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Nate ... I have a new 3G mobile modem/wifi hot spot available.

 

It's an Optus unit (Huawei E5251) that I bought and used a fortnight ago ... so virtually brand new.  Battery good for about 4 hours, but works well when plugged in to power (comes with charger) or connected directly to a single computer. 

 

Yours for $20 including delivery.


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  Reply # 1657140 24-Oct-2016 23:02
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In Melbourne a few weeks ago Woolworths were advertising Telstra 3g modems + 2G 30 day data for $15. No stock that I could find.



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  Reply # 1657368 25-Oct-2016 11:58
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Rickles:

 

Nate ... I have a new 3G mobile modem/wifi hot spot available.

 

It's an Optus unit (Huawei E5251) that I bought and used a fortnight ago ... so virtually brand new.  Battery good for about 4 hours, but works well when plugged in to power (comes with charger) or connected directly to a single computer. 

 

Yours for $20 including delivery.

 

 

Thanks but I've already got a small unit like this and it not having a screen is a real PITA. :)


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     >Thanks but I've already got a small unit like this and it not having a screen is a real PITA. :)<

 

OK ... doesn't need a screen unless changing the Passwords etc cool, and that can be done before leaving home.




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  Reply # 1657492 25-Oct-2016 14:27
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1eStar: Spark MF910 is the most versatile unit I've found. Covers most international frequencies and NZ's 700MHz band 28 LTE also. $200 from spark.

Currently only $149 from Spark:
https://www.spark.co.nz/shop/mobile/mobilebroadbandandtablets/devices/spark-mf910-hotspot-white.html

 

Thanks everyone, just picked up one of these today, came with 1.5GB of free data.  I've got a whole morning of meetings out west tomorrow, with very patchy Vodafone coverage so this'll come in handy.

 

 


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