The Apple iPhone 5 will be with us in the next few days and we can anticipate the usual rush for Apple fans to get their hands on this latest version of the popular smartphone. Long queues outside Apple Stores and the endless quest online searching for the best mobile phone network plan to reduce the initial cost of owning this desirable smartphone.
However, this year you will now be able to get lightning fast 4G LTE services on your iPhone 5 because Everything Everywhere (Orange and T-Mobile) have also launched their 4G LTE network in the UK offering download speeds up to 25Mbps using their 1800Mhz spectrum. This means that when you are choosing your iPhone 5 4G LTE service provider then Orange and T-Mobile are going to be the networks of choice, leaving O2 and Vodafone loyalists with ‘slow’ 3G connectivity. Will this perfect timing of 4G LTE network upgrade and the launch of the iPhone 5 LTE create a perfect storm for the UK mobile phone operators and users with a swing towards Orange and T-Mobile as the leading UK mobile phone operator, burgeoning their already huge customer base of over 28 million customers?
Like any 3G or 4G technology, the speed available using the new 4G LTE network with your 4G LTE Phone will depend upon the distance to the tower and the number of connected users downloading content at the same time. In the USA, many users of Verizon’s 4G LTE Network report an average download speed of only 8Mbps which many users of existing 3G HSPA+ technology in the UK already report so 4G LTE may only offer slightly higher average data speeds.
Whilst this is all good new for the iphone 5 launch and the launch of the new 4G LTE Network, lets not forget that that high speed 4G LTE service could also be used to provide internet for the home and in recent 4G LTE trials using a 4G LTE modem (4G Dongle) users found that they could get a high speed mobile broadband connection which means that the 4G LTE Network needs new 4G hardware in the form a an LTE Router to enable users to insert their 4G LTE SIM Card into the router to get high speed mobile broadband to share in their home or business or a 4G LTE Travel Router to enjoy high speed mobile broadband on the go.
The new ZTE MF80 is the latest DC HSPA+ router providing up to 42Mbps modem download speeds. The ZTE MF80 is a 4G Router that creates a wireless hotspot so you can connect up to 10 wireless devices and share your high speed mobile broadband.
O2 are due to roll out their DC HSPA+ network towards the end of 2012 so it won’t be long before you can start to enjoy super fast mobile broadband with this 4G Travel Router. In fact the ZTE MF80 will work with existing HSPA+ networks so you can enjoy around 14Mbps download speeds or just buy the ZTE MF60 21Mbps 3G router which should be plenty fast enough for your mobile browsing especially when most 3G data plans are capped at 15Gb which means that you will not be using these modems as your primary Internet service for the time being.
The award winning Option XYFI is a 14.4Mbps 4G Modem with built in WiFi Hotspot. TheOption XYFI is the World’s smallest WiFi Hotspot.
The Option XYFI is priced at £119.00 + VAT and is available in the UK from the 3G Router Store.
XYFI – The world’s smallest 3G and WiFi Personal Hotspot
XYFI is the World’s smallest WLAN/3G router
Network offloading – switches between 3G and WLAN as required
Dual mode WiFi for simultaneous Hotspot access
Simply secure out of the box WPA encryption with WPS
File sharing microSD
Optional high capacity battery pack and AC adapter
Customizable clip-on covers
Retractable USB connector
SIM card interface compliant with 3GPP 31.101 and 31.102 supporting 1.8 and 3V UICCs
Dual Mode AP and client operation
WPA, WPA2, WEP
microSD File sharing
1-8 simultaneous users
Dual or Triple band configuration supporting combinations of the following bands: 2100, 1900, 1800, 900, 850, AWS
Advanced receiver with equalizer
HSDPA: Category 10 (14 Mbps)
HSUPA: Category 6
UE Power Class 3 (except Band II: Class 4)
GSM Power Class 4 (2W) for 850/900 bands
GSM Power Class 1 (1W) for 1800/1900 bands – EDGE/GPRS air interface
3GPP Rel99 with selected Rel4 features
EDGE 8PSK class E2 (+27 dBm in 850/900 bands, +26 dBm in 1800/1900 bands)
GPRS/EGPRS Multislot Class 33 (5 slots Rx, 4 slots Tx)
GPRS/EDGE Class B Type 1 MT
GPRS CS1-CS4; EDGE MCS1-MCS9
EDGE data throughput (peak): 247 kbps
EDGE data throughput (average): 215 kbps downlink and 200 kbps uplink
Terminal Equipment Interfaces
USB 2.0 High speed (1.1 compatible)
Optional Device Drivers: Windows XP, Vista, Mac OS (version 10.4.1 or later)
Approvals and certifications
All applicable security and regulatory approvals, Operator and Infrastructure IOT
Environmental Operating temperature: 0 to +40ºC
The Option XYFI can be used as your main connectivity device becuase it will also connect to WLAN networks and switch to 3G Network when out of range of the Wireless Hotspot. In the UK this means that if you use BT Openreach Hotspots you can have the Option XYFI connect to the BT Openreach network when available and switch to 3G mobile broadband when you move out of an Openreach hotspot. This will save you having to keep checking and selecting whether to use 3G or search for hotspots simplifying your mobile broadband use.
The XYFI 4G Mobile Broadband WiFi Hotspot can be powered by any USB device so is ideal to connect to the USB port of your PC or Laptop, a USB Power Socket or car USB port.
The Option iCON 711 is the latest 4G Modem available in the UK. The iCON711 is a HSPA+ Modem which means that it can work with the HSPA+ Networks in the UK to provide download speeds up to 21Mbps.
This 21Mbps Modem simply connects into the USB port of your Laptop or PC and provides high speed mobile broadband connectivity. We tested the iCON711 4G Modem with the three network and got 11Mbps download speed which we were very impressed with.
You can also plug the iCON711 into a suitable 4G Router or Travel Router that has a USB slout for the connection of a 3G or 4G USB Modem to enable your HSPA+ Mobile Broadband Connection to be shared between multiple wired or wireless users. By using the iCON711 4G Modem with a 4G router you can create a wireless hotspot and enjoy the benefits of 4G mobile broadband.
Mobile Broadband is booming in the UK. With the increasing availability of high speed mobile broadband and the latest HSPA+ networks offering extra fast download speeds, more and more people are turing to mobile broadband to deliver high speed internet connectivity whilst on the go and increasingly to replace traditional wired ADSL broadband services in the home.
Mobile broadband users now have a wide choice of hardware solutions to enable them to connect single or multiple devices to a single mobile broadband SIM card, and one of the most popular of recent months has been the Travel Router.
The Travel Router can come in several forms, the first being a router with a USB port so that you can plug your 3G Modem, HSPA+ Modem or 4G Modem into the router and share your connection with several PC’s or wireless devices. An example of this type of router is the Zoom 4501 Router.
The second type of travel router is a battery powered router that you insert the SIM card directly into. This type of travel router, commonly known as a MiFi or Myfi router will provide wireless connectivity for several devices and usually has a battery life of 3-4 hours. a battery powered travel router is great for travelling and products like the ZTE MF60 and Zoom 4506 travel Routers are great examples of this type of router.
Many Travel routers are now available using the lastest HSPA+ network technology offering download speeds of up to 21Mbps, and 4G routers that have the USB port for connection of a USB modem can utilise different modems so you could use your existing 3G Modem and then change the modem to a HSPA+ Modem or 4G Modem when you have access to the new high speed mobile broadband networks as they are rolled out in the UK.
With the roll out of 4G mobile broadband services in the UK using HSPA+ Network technology, mobile broadband providers have been able to offer high speed mobile internet services with download speeds up to 21Mbps. To get the most out of these new super fast mobile broadband services you will need the new generation of 4G Modems and 4G Routers.
There are many 4G Modem products that offer a simple USB modem stick like the Option Icon 711 connection for a single user to connect to a USB port of their laptop for mobile data usage, but what if you need to connect your iPad, iPhone or other tablet or mobile phone? You will need to use a travel router like the ZTE MF60 or the Zoom 4506 4G Travel Router.
You can continue to use your 4G USB Modem at home by connecting it into a 4G Router that will allow you to share your 4G USB Modem with multiple wired or wireless users, for example the Zoom 4501 4G Router will provide high speed wireless connectivity and 2 x 10/100 Ethernet ports for the connection of multiple PC’s, Tablets etc and by plugging in your 4G USB Modem they can all share the high speed mobile broadband connection.
The next step for 4G connectivity at home is the use of an embedded 4G router. This means that the 4G SIM card is inserted directly into the router rather than plugging in a USB modem. The advantage of this is that most 4G Routers have the option of connecting a 4G Antenna that can be mounted externally to provide a reliable 4G signal, especially when the router is positioned inside a building with poor signal reception. 4G Routers such as the Zalip CDG561WE and Option Globesurfer III+ are both available in the UK and can be used with impressive results on three mobile HSPA+ network. There are sure to be many more embedded 4G routers available over the coming months as mobile operators start to roll out their 4G HSPA+ Networks.
Another option to consider in the future is the LTE Router – LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and includes 4G and HSPA+ technology but also includes things like WiMAX which offer high speed connectivity, but WiMAX networks are generally not available in the UK at present, but once the analogue TV spectrum gets sold then we can expect more WiMAX type services for delivery of mobile broadband offering speeds up tp 1000Mbps. Other Euopean countries already offer WiMAX services and there are already WiMAX Routers and LTE Router products available.