Summary: The main downside of this model is that there is no screen. This means that you can't instantly see type of signal you are receiving, (2G, 3G or HSDPA) nor rate of download, nor meaningful information on battery life. Signal strength and battery life indicators exist, but are quite poor. I prefer the Huawei E585 as a better choice as it has a screen with more feedback to the user.
Overall the device is good for an extra method of connecting to the internet on the move but would n
28 February 2014
Excerpt: I bought the Huawei modem as I was moving house a lot and to avoid changing internet connections each time. The modem is great in that it is easily portable and gives internet access wherever you take it. It is small and easy to use by either plugging into a device or using via wireless. The drawbacks of using mobile internet are that it is not always reliable.
Summary: Bought this for my 79yr old Father to connect a tablet to the Internet. He has taken to using it well. It does not come with a charger unit so he has to charge it via the USB connection of the tablet. I fitted a PAYG data download only SIM but had to re-profile before it would work. Instructions are available on the GiffGaff website. 21/05/13: Trying to find a mains charger for this device.
Summary: Small and portable, it works out of the box with "Simyo Spain" SIM. Only drawback is that it comes with "3 Mobile" custom firmware, which has disabled 2G/Edge connection type, so the gadget only is useful if 3G/4G network is available (ok for city areas, but not everywhere in Spain).