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1/2 Price Optus Huawei E5577 4G Wi-Fi Modem $29.50 (Was $59) @ Woolworths

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Decent modem for the price - network locked to Optus . Stock levels vary by store.Get further 5% off using WISH Gift Card.

Specifications:
Dimensions (L X W X H)
96.8 x 58 x 13.5 mm
Weight
About 80g (including the battery)
Color
Matte White
Internal Memory:
Internal Memory + Accessible Space
1Gbits NAND Flash
Expandable Memory:
External Memory (including max capacity)
MicroSD up to 128GB
Connectivity:
WiFi Bands: 802.11 b/g/n
SIM Card compatibility
Standard
Bands:
3G Network Bands (in MHz) DC-HSPA+/HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS: Band1(2100MHz)/Band5(850MHz)/Band8(900MHz)
4G Network Bands (Band & MHz) LTE FDD:B1(2100MHz)/B3(1800MHz)/ B7(2600MHz)/B8(900MHz)/B20(800MHz)/B28(700MHz)
LTE TDD: B38(TDD 2600MHz)/B40(TDD 2400MHz)/B41(TDD 2500MHz)

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    Huawei E5577 4G Wi-Fi Modem
    network locked to Optus .

    and Beijing

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    Am I able to use this device with an ISP using Optus network?

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    Anyone have any feedback with these? How is the battery life? Thinking about putting this in the car as an always-on hotspot. Any comments on reliability?

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      Battery life is ok, since you want to use it always on type of thing so a direct USB connection would do the work for you.

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        When the USB power switches off (ignition off in car) does hotspot stay on for however long the battery lasts for? Or is there some manual intervention in switching it on again (the less fiddle the better for me).

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          Yes the modem will stay on until the battery runs out. The battery will usually last about 6 hours (without connection) I've been very happy with this modem over the last ~ 12 months.

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          My one older model you can remove the battery and have it only power via the cable. Does exactly what you are after.

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      I have a slightly older model with voda and they are perfect for the car. Battery lasts for a good 6 to 8 hrs but it's micro-usb anyway so you can have it plugged in all the time while in the car for log trips.

  • +1 vote

    Most of the times it’s 29 bucks.

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    Just bought one from MASCOT Woolworths. It shows in system info as unlocked

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    Optus network sucks in my area

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    Does it come with any data?

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      Yes, I think it comes with a 4/5GB starter kit. I did not open it yet.

      BTW, buying this does not give you Woolies points, but counts towards targeted weekly spend offer. I got my $50 spend done with this one, earned 20 base points plus huge bonus.

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      Nope. It came with a prepaid SIM, nothing else

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    Can also be used as a wifi extender.
    Works with all sims running on Optus network
    NO 3G 850MHz of this modem.

    More details from link below:
    https://youtu.be/xeEFBFgoxHo

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      What does no 3G 850Hz mean for netwrok coverage? Does this mean no Telstra support?

      If so would it be better to buy the 5573 instead?

  • +2 votes

    Unlocking these is very easy;

    First go to this site - https://secure-unlock.com.au/ou/instructions

    Click though, fill out the details correctly and give them a valid mobile number and your unlock code will be SMSed to you within a week.

    Second, put in a non-Optus SIM and use your computer to log into the mobile router's settings, this is where it'll ask you to enter the unlock code.

    Step three: Profit.

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      Pretty sure this only works if the mobile number used is directly contracted to Optus and potentially also needs to have had over $100 expenditure

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        I used that unlock method on one that optus gave us when our ADSL (don't laugh) went down earlier this year, so it definately wasn't a typical acquisition, but I used the website and I wasn't asked to pay for anything, for what it's worth. And the mobile number I gave them was not an optus one.

        I initially went to an optus store at the shopping centre to ask them to unlock it and the worker there told me that those units should be unlocked already (it wasn't) and if it wasn't I could just do it online (which I did). My guess is that new units are probably unlocked and ones that are already on shelves may not be, so they don't charge for the unlocking.
        Or the bloke in the shop was full of it, so you know, whatever.

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          They don't charge for unlocking but if you're not with Optus they won't give you a code. That's what Optus told me a few months ago on live chat. They also suggested a MIN spend of $100 is required to be approved for a code.

          I can't unlock mine as I'm not contracted direct to Optus so I'm just using Optus MVNO SIMs in the device, like Catch/Amaysim.

          Others have reported not being able to get a code via the above method too.

  • +1 vote

    Does this come with any data?

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    I bought this one last week. It's locked. Went to Optus website to unlock it but the website says it's not a locked device (WTH?). Chat to Optus support and the support guy said the unlock code will be sent via text in a few days, free of charge. Maybe because I am an Optus customer so they are OK to give the code for free? I am not sure.