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Coles Online and Instore: Telstra Prepaid Mobile Broadband Modem ZTE MF910V 4GX Wi-Fi 1/2 Price $29.50

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Saw an ad in Brisbane Courier Mail yesterday and bought one of these today. Not sure when deal ends. Noted that it has been at this price only a couple of weeks back (https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/286126 - expired), and also same price as the JBHiFi deal https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/287916

I think from another commenter, Coles unit may come with 3G of data. The one I bought has an expiry date of Nov 2018 on the sticker, presumably for the activation of the data. I understand the unit can be unlocked through code sellers from Ebay for less than $3 (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/151480556866 - credit to nocure).

"The MF910V Telstra 4GX Wi-Fi hotspot connects to the Telstra network and gives super high speed data access for up to 10 devices over Wi-Fi.

Key Features

LTE 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot supports up to 10 users

LTE download speeds up to 150Mbps

Up to 7 hours operating time

Supports the new LTE 700 4GX Telstra network

Display - 4 LED indicators

Battery - Long life with a 2300mAh battery (non user replaceable)

Connectivity/Multimedia

Standard SIM card (2FF) locked to Telstra

Wi-Fi 802.11 Dual Band (2.4GHz & 5GHz) b/g/n, MIMO 2x2, up to 10 users

LTE 700, 1800, 2600

3G UMTS 850, 2100

LTE speeds up to 150Mbps download

In the Box

-AC Charger
-USB data cable
-Getting Started Guide" credit to allenhori from https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/287916

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  • -1 vote

    better get huawei y6 elite at 49 (after 50 rebate) came with $40 starter too

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      Maybe but it requires another $17 to unlock from Vodafone. I had an unlocked Nokia phone which I bring on holiday to serve as a data hotspot but I broke that recently. After unlocking this unit, hopefully I can use it with the Amaysim data packs that I have bought some time back. It appears to also be quite a small unit.

      Mind you, I am waiting for the Redmi Note 4 Snapdragon version. This and the Heliotek version is rumoured to have dual standby 4G ability, which will eliminate the need for this unit.

      Otherwise perhaps this Optus unit from Harvey norman for $10 https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/288418 might be an option for those with Amaysim cards. Another option is the Optus ZTE unit from Target from https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/286686 but there is none in stock anywhere in Brisbane.

    • +5 votes

      i always get a stronger signal on a modem than a phone , possibly as they don't have as many size constraints when designing and putting in an antenna. Also modems will take external antennas , even the usb ones I have have external antenna ports if you need a stronger signal.

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        Yes I noted that there are 2 spots where you can attach extra antennae! Pretty impressed.

    • +3 votes

      You cannot really compare tethering to a proper dedicated AP like this. It also does WIFI in 5Ghz from memory and supports up to 10 connections. Not to mention a much larger reception and broadcast range.

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    Any way to find out which Coles have stock (other than calling into the store)?

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      Our local Coles didn't even have any labels on the stock they had for sale. Although a relative small Coles branch, there were about 5-6 units on the shelf at the time.

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    Is the courier mail still a thing?

    • +2 votes

      It's Ying and Yang.

      So long as the garbage biased Left agenda pushing outlets such as the ABC, BrisbaneTimes and Channel 7 exists, garbage biased Right agenda pushing outlets such as Courier Mail, 4BC and Sky News will exist.

      Everything has an opposite.

  • +1 vote

    optus have a huawei usb E8372 with wireless that they promotes as a car modem. comes with cigarette lighter usb charger. its 4g LTE. so you don't need a pc but also works in a pc or as a standalone wifi hotspot. the idea being no battery that eventually has life issues if not charged regularly… all you need is usb power. they are ideal also for 4G backup in some home broadband routers. $29 officworks with data start sim.

    wasn't locked to telstra as i also used the telstra $10 start sim which had double data so 6GB and free FON / telstra air wifi hotspot access which i have one in range at home ……

    there are lots of LTE options now on 4G….. bought a few different ones to try when waiting for tpg to fix my broadband and the start sim included was better value than a recharge card.

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      Yes but I believe the Optus variant does not support 3G 850 MHz.

      • +1 vote

        Optus is 900/2100 3G and Telstra version 850/2100. I have both the Huawei sourced e8372 and a ZTE sourced MF910 of which the MF910V is a spinoff.

        My personal testing shows the radio sensitivity of the MF910 to be somewhat better.

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      How much data is included?

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      I got a E3372 for $14.50 from OfficeWorks today. Using it on a TP-Link TP-MR3020 in 3G/4G mode (it has a switch to select different modes such as modem, repeater, AP etc.). Such a good combination, very happy. It came with 4GB data.

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    Used the ebay code seller posted (thanks OP) and the modem was very simple to unlock.
    Pretty happy with this for my japan trip considering it'll be 1900 yen per day wi fi rental.
    The sim per day as opposed to device + sim will be substantially cheaper than renting a whole wifi modem.
    Ask the person at the counter to check if they have stock as I found they did not actually have it on display at Coles

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      That's good to hear. I haven't unlocked mine yet, will do so now before that ebay supplier disappears.

      BTW, we just came back from a 3 week holiday to Japan. I recommend Japan Wireless for a data sim. We got the 6 Gb for 30 day sim for 4000Y + 500Y postage. It allows 200MB per day but when you used that up, you still have internet at a reduced speed. It was terrific to get transport info every single day via google map and hyperdia. Enjoy.

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      Just unlocked mine. However, it wasn't a straight forward job of putting in another SIM and get internet. It was programmed to have Telstra as the default APN even if the SIM isn't telstra. Had to find out the APN setting for TPG, logged into the modem settings page, create a new APN profile, assigned that profile as default before reconnection to make internet work!!!

      Wouldn't be easy for those not aware of how to do this.