It seems to be on clearance, worth to try your local store? Scored one at Target Greensborough and there is still one left.
FDD 700/1800/2100/2600MHz, TDD 2300MHz
Optus/resellers only, as is much of their gear :-/
I think it supports B28 and it’s also unlocked so it can be used on Telstra etc.
Don't think so.
The E5573 was really difficult to unlock, from memory
According to the comments on previous deals this modem is not locked.
@jackychen: Thats good if correct
@jackychen: I have a few of these bought over three years ago and all are already unlocked, but have read that later editions/batches were often locked, so just depends similar to the recent Vodafone Samsung A20 deal lol.
@ozhunter68: Thanks I will test it out when I get a chance. ;)
@jackychen: My older ones are model E5573s-606.
@steinmeister: Can confirm its unlocked
@cisco: Sorry to clarify I'm also confirming it's unlocked :-)
Good point, I was looking at the 3G fields.
Mine came unlocked. Have churned thru prepaid sims from: Optus, Voda, catch, Kogan, Telstra. It's served me well as an alternative to nbn
@dsw460p: Telstra Network
Trying to check why D/L is lower than upload
@cisco: Have hotspot 100 down and finding it alright
I already have two (paid about $15 each a while back, from memory), but almost worth buying just for the spare battery.
My main reason for posting is to let others who don't already know, that although they have Band 28 (4G 700MHz), they're no good for Telstra on Band 28 ever since Telstra introduced NB IoT. Whilst they (Telstra) released updated firmware for various Telstra-branded products, it's unlikely that there will ever be updated firmware for these. Still OK on the other supported 4G bands though.
That's the nice thing about standards, there's so many to choose from.
No, standards are great, everyone should have at least one!
Consumers always win when there's competition!
"Collin2905" Correct, many people on here seem to miss that about Telstra and B28 hardware.
"terrys/not a bargain/Ghosteye" all three of you guys are thinking and commenting opposite, as Collins point was that Telstra has gone out of it's way "Limiting and Monopolising" their/other's hardware, choice and often at extra cost and effort.
example: years ago most mobile phone manufacturers had their own and different propitiatory charging port/plug and often changed that with different models. There was a joint court case in Europe demanding a better more uniform standard, and that's when we started getting mainly mini and micro usb, oh,…as well as the Apple standards too.
No doubt this world will be better place if these companies are really into propitiating each other….
"as well as the Apple standards too."
Yep. In the late '80s, the Epson 9 pin printer with serial port was ~ $300 The Apple printer was about $500. It had a special Apple port - which was a SCSI interface, but with a propriatory round plug. Other than that, it was an Epson 9 pinprinter…
They pulled that crud a lot.
Got the last one in Greensborough
2 still available in tamworth nsw when I left the store 15 minutes ago
Wow I paid $40 on ebay for this 6 months ago…. damn!
I really like this small 4g modem, got it for 27.50 1yr ago, been using it with sometime hitting 130mbps download speed. Optus 4g+ network.
Where do I find the password to login to the WiFi network?
Should be printed on back of battery cover.
For the web based log in try "password" or "admin"
Yep, that was it. Thanks!
Don't think I would've found it tbh.
Haha, all good. These are my favorite portable modem for a long time and have had a couple for more than three years and both were unlocked and the above comment from collin is correct, for me here they work really well for Vodafone and Telstra, often better than using with Optus sim and when using with Telstra sim would work betterthan a Telstra 4G one I use, go figure lol.
Edit: Just checked my box and it has 3G bands listed as B1/B5/B8, so that explains why, remember now that's why I bought my second one as I was impressed with flexibility and unlocked all for $25 on sale with some prepaid data included. Model number is Huawie E5573s-606
got one in Canberra center, works with the Three UK sim. And it can even work as a wifi repeater, sweet.
Really is it easy to setup?
yup. wifi ap, admin/admin, a couple of clicks, done. quite impressive even for let's say 30$.
the box even says 4g: b1/b3/b7/b_28_/b40 :)
Does Optus' wireless broadband modem ever go on sale?
wow i just paid $200 for one of these last week on the optus 4g plan sadface
I'm sure you got a better modem, no way these are $200
I would think so also, but at the end of the day they all work similar, especially like my model it has all the bands and also was unlocked. Also no need to worry to leave power plugged in for hours or wear out battery as I have a few all cheaply bought and still working well.
Went all out last year and got a Netgear Nighthawk hoping it would improve my reception here and speed, made no difference hardly noticeable.
Shoulda got a cat 10 modem mate.
@T1OOO: The Nighthawk M1 is CAT 16.
@ozhunter68: 16 cats!
Lots of lonely feminists will order this by mistake.
@T1OOO: M2 cat 20
$5 is a great price .
But it's easy to see why they are on clearance like this.
This type of thing is very much obsolete these days. With most people having alot of data included with mobile, enough to hotspot to a laptop etc as required.
I almost jumped in to buy 1, $5 is a good bargain … Then realised I cannot possibly use it, unless optus has some plan or bargain-offer where they give a heap of data cheap over with >3 months to use it. Then could use it as a connection for the rare moments my other internet connections drop out.
If you have small data allowance (and no home Wi-Fi to use) , I guess could use to ass data . But then dual SIM phone can be used instead .
Just think about other potential solutions for your needs, before getting this, that's all I'm saying really . Other options may be more suited.
These are unlocked though and you can use it with other networks. Faster than a lot of people's nbn
Which 4g network is good and cheap for this type of modem?. I am looking at spintel 4g but they give their own modem.
Which 4g network is good and cheap for this type of modem?.
Which 4g network is good and cheap for this type of modem?.
These Telstra ones look pretty good.
I have a b525 on optus. Is there any use for this?
Thanks OP. Just grabbed the last one from Browns Plains.
Not in SA ! Ask them to check the price and it still shows $19
None in QLD, i think?
I called Garden City and Carindale and they both attempted to look at other stores…
None in WA by the looks, tried the Bullcreek store and not showing up on their stock for other stores too.
I got so confused and thought this was the phone post, wondering how everyone was using a mobile as a modem?
How do these work? Are theu preloaded with data once then chuck away?
It's a pocket wifi = a 4G modem with a battery. Insert SIM, serve wifi to several phones or computers at once over wifi. Why? Saves phone battery; connect kids tablets to internet on same SIM while in the car, have a data SIM in this while you keep a phone SIM in your 1-SIM-slot phone, plug an external antenna into its ports via a cable to get internet speed boost (which you can't do with your phone)…
Ohhhh data only SIMS right
@FAST and Curious: Well, SIM cards WITH some data anyway, yes. But doesn't have to be data-only SIMs.
Went to Camberwell Target this afternoon. Their staff checked their system and told no stock for all stores in Victoria. Even Target online store is out of stock.
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