With my WIFI only iPad and a recent need to use it outside of home and work I needed to get some form of mobile broadband data solution. For which I turned to the Huawei E585 MiFi, while only available from 3 in the UK the price is very reasonable from only £49.99 on pay as you go.
The data speeds are better then I expected with downloads well over 3.5Mbps and uploads over 1.5Mbps
The device is very simple to use with only one button on the side, a power button, there is however a web based interface to access text messages and settings. I do recommend changing the SSID and encryption key and obviously add an admin password to protect your settings.
Apart from that little setup the device is ready to go out of the box after a little charge. On a full battery it’s good for about 5-6 hours of constant uses.
The predecessor E580 had 5 LED lights to provide you with the information you need to know about network connectivity and power and a Windows only control panel to change settings. The new E585 has a LCD display providing better and more detailed information such as how many devices are connected up to 5.
The data plans 3 offer are very good with 15GB of monthly data costing £20 a lot more than the almost standard 3GB for £15 that the major networks offer. The coverage of 3 is far better then most of the big networks in terms of data coverage, I’m yet to find a place with no connectivity.
Buying this allows me to connect my phone, laptop and iPad when on the go and I only need one data plan.