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15/10/2013

ZTE MF195 3G HSDPA Mobile Internet Stick Review

Choosing the right USB modem for mobile internet is not easy. Therefore, we have to test another model, this time it’s from ZTE, and see if you are interested in this one.   One might think that it's nothing. We need a little gadget that you insert into the USB port and configured to give us access to the mobile internet. It is worth to pay attention, both on the modem parameters, as well as any additional features that can benefit the users.  

 

ZTE MF195 USB modem is a relatively new device offered by T-Mobile, which is consistent with the standard HSPA+ technology. According to official specification, we can achieve download speeds at up to 21 Mbps. The HSUPA upload speed could reach up to 5.76 Mbps. But under real environment, the speed may be only half or more.    

 

New software for the modem ZTE MF195   There is new software that improves the performance of the MF195 modem. You can download them here - just that you click the "Downloads".   The device ZTE MF195 itself has a removable top flap, under which there are slots for SIM card and a microSD memory card (supports up to 32 GB capacity). You have to admit, it's a fantastic deal. If you just do not use a modem to connect to the Internet, we can always treat it as a normal flash drive, storing files. Of course, the same USB connector is safely protected from dust and debris particles from the environment. It is a pity that the cap is not somehow attached and can easily be lost. A great advantage of ZTE MF195 USB is built-in socket used to connect an external antenna. It certainly can be useful in areas with slightly weaker coverage. Users just need set aside a small cap and connect an external antenna (sold separately).    

 

 

Modem Setup is basically maintenance-free. When plugged in the USB port, it will automatically install the drivers and software for Internet Manager. When it starts only give the code to the SIM card and wait for the Connect button, and then it will become active. And this happens almost instantly and you can see that both the hardware and software to work fine. The modem's LED indicates the connection status.    

 

User check speed Internet connection using specialized tools - SpeedTest. At the border of Downtown and Will in Warsaw, where we have tested the modem, we were able to achieve data transfer rates of 13 to 14 Mbps, and upstream from the network was about 3 to 4 Mbps. This is a very good result. All services and web pages load quickly, even without an external antenna, the modem does not lose coverage. ZTE MF195 USB therefore works very stable. During the next day’s test, changed the location in the city, and each time the modem connect to the network instantly.        

 

In conclusion, the ZTE MF195 USB modem is definitely recommendable. It takes very little space and provides a stable access to the mobile Internet and a decent download speed and upload the data .Not to forget about the extra features, the built-in socket for connecting an external antenna and a slot for memory cards microSD.    

 

Here now, there are many upgraded USB stick, such as ZTE MF668 and ZTE MF821 available with much high speed and stable connection. If you want to experience better, you can check them on 4gltemall.com .  

25/09/2013

Unlocked ZTE MF821D 4G LTE Stick for O2

O2 offers the mobile use of LTE service since July 2012. The USB memory stick comes from the Chinese manufacturer ZTE, which also has various other versions for LTE in the range of products, such as LTE routers. The ZTE MF821D 4G stick is available for O2 4G LTE network and supports all cellular standards that are common in Germany. In the following table, you will find all the key figures, specifications of the O2 4G USB MF821D.    

Features and Specifications of  ZTE MF821D for O2

Manufacturer and type designation ZTE MF821D
Download Speed 100 Mbit/s
Upload Speed 50 Mbit/s
Supported LTE bands LTE Band 3/7/20 (800/1800/2600MHz)
backward compatible with: DC-HSPA+, HSUPA, HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
MIMO Support: MIMO 2x2
Connector for external antenna yes, 2 antenna (TS-9 jacks)
LTE category: LTE Category 3 (3GPP Release 8) modem
Chipset Qualcomm MDM9200TM
Other
Dimensions 87.3 mm x 29.5 mm x 14 mm
USB standard USB 2.0
Memory card expansion Yes, MicroSD up to 32 GB
Compatible Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS (10.4)
Manual or Quick Start Guide (PDF)  ZTE MF821D User Manual

  With the ZTE MF821D, you receive a flexible surf stick that supports both LTE and all other major mobile communication standards, such as UMTS and HSPA+. O2 4G USB is therefore compatible with 2G, 3G and 4G networks. LTE can be received via the usual bands 3/7/20 (800/1800MHz/2600MHz). O2 uses LTE 800MHz for priority; the 4G network of LTE Band 7 (2600MHz) will be available in the cities in near future. The theoretical maximum download speed of 100Mbit/s and 50 Mbps upstream speed could be achieved. Currently, however, O2 offers "only" tariffs of up to 50 Mbps.         ZTE MF821D can work as the same as the data stick. The internal slot can hold MicroSD card up to 32 gigabytes. You can buy them from 4gltemall.com with the stick MF821D. The stick MF821D is perfect for mobile use on a laptop or notebook, and of course it can also be used at home on the desktop. It’s advisable that under certain circumstances, the data transmission rates vary depending on the local reception conditions. According to ZTE introduction, the MF821D stick is compatible with the Windows operating system with XP, ServicePack3, Vista SP2 or Windows 7, and Mac OS Version 10.5 is also supported.   At just 47 grams and the dimensions of 87.3 × 29.5 × 14 mm, you will hardly notice the MF821D in your pocket. The actual USB plug can be incidentally folded and thus saves space and it can also facilitates the connection as a "arm" for the laptop. Currently the stick is at O2 only in connection with an LTE tariff available. If you like this stick, you can buy unlocked ZTE MF821D from 4gltemall.com in good price. And there is HUAWEI E392u-12 4G LTE Stick which could also work with the same 4G frequency bands for O2 and other 4G operators in Europe.      

11/09/2013

Telekom Speedstick LTE - HUAWEI E398u-15

Huawei E398u-15 is the right stick for mobile LTE service of Germany carrier Telekom and it’s also called "Speed Stick LTE ". The LTE Stick E398u-15 is extremely attractive and offers many nice features and is also compatible with the major standards for wireless internet. Below you will find all the key features and general overview for the Speedstick LTE E398u-15.

 

   

 

 

LTE features and characteristics of the Speed ​​Stick LTE for Telekom

Manufacturer and type designation

Huawei E398u-15

Download speed

100 Mbit/s

Upload speed

50 Mbit/s

Supported LTE bands

LTE 800MHz, LTE1800MHz , LTE 2600MHz

Backward compatible with:

HSPA+, HSPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS

MIMO Support:

MIMO 2x2

Connector for external antenna

yes

LTE category:

LTE Category 3 (3GPP Release 8) modem

Other

Dimensions

USB standard

USB 2.0

Memory card expansion

Yes, microSD up to 32GB

Compatible Operating Systems

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS, Linux

Information material

Data Sheet (PDF)

 

 

LTE is rolled out by Germany Telekom for two years. The first was in the city of Cologne in July 2011. In 2012, the 4G network plans are to go over 200 cities. On the body of the LTE Stick, there is the logo of Telekom. On the back is the exact name E398u-15, this is the second Revision of HUAWEI E398.  

  Compared to its predecessor, the stick is now finally LTE800 compatible. Therefore, users can surf via LTE in rural areas. Also, the LTE bands 2.6GHz and 1.8 GHz are supported. Speed Stick is the ideal USB datacard not only for urban use. With two integrated antennas (MIMO 2 × 2) and the support of up to 20 MHz bandwidth, the E398 can support up to 100 Mbps downstream and up to 50 Mbps upstream.  

 

 

 

A clear advantage over the Samsung GT-B3740 is the excellent backward compatibility with 3G DC-HSPA+/UMTS and 2G GPRS/GSM. If the 4G LTE network is not available, the stick can easily switch to the next available technology. There is a microSD slot that can be up to 32 GB for storage. Then the Surfstick could turn to a USB memory stick, for example for storing music, photos or other documents. The Speedstick LTE has two connectors for external antennsa. In areas of poor reception, the signal can be improved with the external antenna. According to the data sheet from Telekom, the device E398u-15 supports multi-mode network of mobile technology automatically. By the way, the firmware update function is also available in the mobile partner.   What’s more, the USB is rotatable for 270 degree, user can modify the USB angle to better fit for the computers.      

Conclusion:  

We recommend that the terms on a new contract at Telekom. This is much cheaper than buying without a term contract on 4gltemall.com. If you don’t want a LTE stick with a contract, there is unlocked Speedstick LTE E398u-15, which could not only work with Telekom, it could also work with Vodafone and other 4G network providers in Europe and Asia.