If you are a Three UK customer you may have heard that the UK carrier is ramping up its 3G network, in fact by the end of the year 80% of its network will be upgraded to HSPA+, to cut a long story short this means that customers will be able to boast up to 21.1 Mbps download speeds and up to 5.76 Mbps upload speeds, now Three UK has announced that a new MiFi is on its way.
The Huawei E586 MiFi will connect to the upgraded HSPA+ network, according to Three UK this is “the first mobile Wi-Fi device in the UK to feature next generation HSPA+ mobile broadband technology”, which means faster internet connectivity than previous MiFi offerings. The E586 will become available in September and will allow for up to 4.5 hours of usage from a single charge, don’t worry though as it does come with its own charging cradle – however we’re not yet sure if this plugs in to the mains or a USB port.
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From what we can see the Huawei E586 MiFi will offer secure WiFi connectivity for up to five devices at once, there is an OLED screen which lets you see how fast your connection is, the length of browsing time and the amount of data used – this will help ensure that you do not go over your data allowance. In terms of software we are told that there will be a new-look dashboard that allows you to view SMS and further configure settings. One other thing to mention is that the MiFi features a microSD memory card slot which supports cards of up to 32GB.
As the name suggests the E586 is quite similar to the Huawei E585 (ignoring the HSPA+ connectivity) which is currently available from Three, you can find out all about MiFi price plans here, we wonder whether Three UK will stick to these data allowances and monthly rates as current caps will soon be eaten up with 21.1 Mbps download speeds that HSPA+ brings to the table – that said the prices are great.
We really think that Three UK is breaking away from the pack when it comes to its 3G network’s download and upload speeds, do you use Three mobile broadband? If so, what speeds are you currently getting (you can run a test here).
Note: Soon we should be receiving the Huawei E586 MiFi, so stay tuned for our hands-on review.