EE’s £79.99 ‘Buzzard 2′ is an all-in-one WiFi dongle for your car

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In its bid to get more customers connecting to its 4G network while they travel, EE introduced the Buzzard, a £49.99 plug-and-play MiFi designed specifically for the car. Launched in April, the device came in two separate parts, making it difficult to store and plug in during your journey. EE appears to have realised this, as today it's introducing its successor, the Buzzard 2. Like the original avian-themed dongle, the Buzzard 2 plugs into your car's dashboard and supports up to 10 WiFi connections. However, it comes with a new lighting system that makes it easier to use and can also serve as a USB charger, allowing you to charge your devices while you browse (when you're not driving, of course). EE's new MiFi is priced at £79.99 (£30 more than the original) when bought outright, but comes down to £19.99 when purchased with a £10 monthly plan, which includes 1GB of data. However, you can get it for free if you sign up for the £15 tariff, which lavishes you with 3GB of data every month. If you've got small kids intent on watching Netflix all the time, that allowance might not get you very far, but it'll do a job if you want a backup for your smartphone plan.

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EE launch ‘Kite’ 4G MiFI device

EE have launched a new affordable version of their MiFi device which also has access to the faster ‘double speed’ network supporting up to 150Mbps in selected locations.

Simply called the ‘Kite’, this small device acts as a WiFI router for up to 10 devices at one time to share the super fast connection offered thanks to 4G technology, and the price will not break the bank either.

Contract plans are offered on either 30 day or 24 month deals starting from just £10 a month, and if you want PAYG instead of signing up you have this option too paying £69.99 for the Kite  with various top-ups giving you set data limits for the month.

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Just going on sale today, we hope to have one of these in shortly to test out in real world conditions.

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Three 4G MiFi unboxing

Recently we brought you the news Three UK have launched a new 4G dongle and a 4G Mifi device. These will allow customers access to mobile internet at speeds up to 50Mbps download and upload around 20Mbps on the new 4G network.

We now have one if these in for review and have recorded an unboxing and have some images to show it off from different angles.

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The 4G Mifi can be purchased from £89.99 on PAYG but is also available on monthly contracts with various different data allowances depending on your needs.

Anyone owning one of these can connect up to 10 WiFi devices at the same time, plus one USB connection. The device has a battery which means you can take it with you whilst on the go.

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Check back soon for our full review where you can find out about signal strength, speeds and battery life. I’ll also see if this might be the mobile broadband device you have been waiting for.

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Mobile broadband – It still needs work

The advent of superfast 4G connectivity comes as a double-edged sword. For the customer this is the ideal solution for that traditional “last mile” issue. For the provider, you have to provide a service which is priced to discourage it being used as an always-on fixed-line broadband replacement.

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Looking around at the options, there’s only really one provider offering truly unlimited data via a dongle or data SIM. The choices, though, are varied and a little confusing. Choose fixed-line broadband or fibre and you have a wide-range of supposedly “unlimited” deals, but there’s always a large dose of “traffic management” going on, especially in peak times when people are streaming TV and movie content through on-demand services in the evening.

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Getting your laptop or tablet online when you’re actually out of the house needs a certain amount of planning. Merely “tethering” – i.e. sharing your phones’ data connection over a WiFi hotspot – can quickly result in a rather large and sometimes unexpected bill arriving. Sure, your mobile data plan might say “unlimited” but, deep down in the small print, you could find a caveat stating that tethering isn’t allowed, or it’s charged separately – and that can rack up your charges pretty quickly indeed.

So, the options then…

- Using a tablet / laptop away from the home or company WiFi rarely.

In this case tethering could be a solution, or you could hunt down a local restaurant, pub or supermarket offering free WiFi. You’ll usually have to put your email address and / or phone number on a mailing list, but it’s a decent trade-off for getting online when you absolutely have to.

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You can also have a look at Pay As You Go data SIM cards or rolling monthly plans if you’re going to need that WiFi a little more often. It’s also worth checking out solutions for in the car or other mobile broadband solutions, such iiNet mobile broadband. Find out if your usage is essential. Find out if you can do that tablet or laptop-related task on your smartphone. If you can, it might be more worthwhile getting a smartphone with a slightly larger screen so you can feel more at home.

- Using a tablet / laptop more often.

In this case you’re going to want either a data SIM on a rolling monthly contract or 24 month deal. You need to consider roughly how much data you’re going to consume first, so look initially at a monthly rolling deal to see how much data you burn through.

Tethering just isn’t an option here unless you’re..

a) Willing to have your phone on or near a charger quite often (the battery will get caned).
b) Have a decent mobile plan with tethering included.

Just recently we’ve seen an increase in the amount of MiFi and car-based mobile WiFi solutions appearing on the market, so we are edging nearer to the more worry-free always-on data connection on more devices, but there’s still a need to be cautious if you just want to get online via a tablet or laptop through your phone.

Check out the solutions. Dongles are one solution, but check the coverage first and don’t just take the online coverage map as the answer either. If you want mobile broadband in an office or building you really should ask someone to have a look at their signal strength on the network you’re looking at. As an example, I could get full HSDPA on both EE and Three outside my old workplace but, when I walked inside, I was down to either one bar or GPRS. O2 and Vodafone seemed to penetrate the building better and provided better data speeds, but I only found that out by looking at the signal strength on various mobile phones in the office. If I’d dived into a contract straight away it would’ve been a waste of cash.

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If you’re mobile more often, Three still gives some of the best 3G data coverage. Their network was built with data in mind and you’ll rarely find problems. For additional speed, you’ll need to look at big 4G networks like EE, but pricing and data usage need to be considered before you dive in.

To sum up, check your usage. Ensure that you absolutely need mobile broadband and check the coverage first. Do some research into your existing kit. Check if your tablet, Chromebook or laptop has a SIM slot. If not, you’ll either need a dongle or a MiFi unit. Then, simply shop around. Find the best deal for the data you want. Comparison sites are a good start, but this regularly updated thread at HotUKDeals is a great place to find a bargain plan.

In an ideal world we’d have all this laid out more simply. We wouldn’t have small print and “gotchas” or huge bills for tethering on the wrong plans. However, we’re not quite there yet. For the most part you’re going to be looking at a new SIM, a new package and a new setup if you want mobile data on another device regularly.

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Let the birds fly – EE introduce a range of mobile WiFi solutions

Getting 4G is one thing, but turning that ultra-fast 4G speed into a WiFi hotspot is another. Today EE have revealed a number of options for getting yourself a mobile WiFi cloud to hop onto.

The first is something called “Buzzard”. It’s a little widget that basically plugs into your cigaretter lighter in the car. This will create a personal 4G WiFi hotspot which will allow up to 10 devices to connect. There’s a container which will sit nicely in your cup holder as you can see below. It’ll keep your family and other passengers entertained as the iPads, tablets and other electronic devices connect to the internet easily.

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The cost? Just £10 per month plus a £19 up-front charge. It’s £49.99 on PAYG.

Secondly is the “Kite”, below. This is basically a MiFi unit which you can pop into your pocket, wallet or purse and beams out a WiFi hotspot whereever you are. This one is £10 per month plus £29 up-front or you can pay £69.99 on PAYG plans.
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If none of those suit your needs then the third bird-related product could be more your thing. The “Osprey” is a rugged and colourul unit aimed at students and is £10 per month plus £19 up-front or £49.99 on PAYG plans.

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As for those data plans, £10 per month (on a 24 month plan) will get you a 1GB allowance, whilst £15 will get you 3GB. If you prefer a 1 month rolling plan then the prices are the same, plus you can pay even more and get more data and double-speed 4G. Expect to pay £20 for 15GB, £30 for 25GB and £50 per month for 50GB.

Full details below..

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Three launch 4G MiFi device

Just a few days ago we brought you the news that Three had launched a 4G dongle. Available on their UK network, it’s the first that supported 4G LTE speeds to make the most of their new network.

If a dongle was not for you and you wanted a Mifi device, Three have just launched the new 4G Mifi made by Huawei. It goes by the model number 5372 if you are a techie and need to know that sort of info.

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This new 4G MiFi unit has a massive 6 hour battery life and can support up to 10 connections at the same time. This means you can not only connect your own devices, but let friends of family use it on the move too. You’ll not be short of connection space, remember that the old models had a 5 device maximum at any one time.

As with all mobile broadband devices from Three, there are both Pay Monthly and PAYG deals available, so you can get the best deal that is suited for yourself.

Pricing on PAYG starts from £89.99 including 1GB, £99.99 gets you 3GB and £149.99 will give you a massive 12GB of data to use

When it comes to monthly pricing, allowances range from 1GB to 15GB and can be purchased on either long term 24 months or rolling 1 month deals.

The 4G network on Three is rolling out at a really fast pace, and with allowances up to 15GB a month available this is a very handy device for someone who travels with multiple devices and wants super fast access to content

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Three tempt the bargain-hunters with a tablet and MiFi for less than £100

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You’re on a budget. You want a cheap tablet. Hey, no problem. There’s absolutely stacks of the things.

However, they’re nearly always WiFi-only, which is a bit of an issue if you’re away from your router for any length of time.

Three are solving this with the Gemini D7 tablet and a MiFi combo. The tablet is £99 and comes with MiFi Pay As You Go Starter kit.

It works like this. The tablet is £99.99, but if you buy the 1GB MiFi magic (£49.99), Three will give you the tablet at half-price. The up-shot is that you can browse the internet whilst out and about.

The Gemini D7 ? Well, it’s a fairly standard 7″ Android tablet. It runs Android Jellybean and has GPS, WiFi, a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 2 megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera, 3.5mm audio port and NFC.

The description says “Entry level” and “Amazon appstore” quite a bit so, let’s be honest here, this really is budget territory. Get more details on the Three website.

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Alcatel One Touch Tab 7 now on Three UK

Three have announced today a new tablet made by Alcatel, it’s the One Touch Tab 7. The tablet is not 3G enabled by itself but Three have a promotion which pairs it with a MiFi unit.

If you purchase one of the MiFi Starter Packs (which start from £49.99) you can pick up the tablet half price – just £64.99. Then you can keep mobile when you’re out and about, plus the MiFi will connect up to 5 devices so you can use for more that just the tablet.

So, for just under £115 you will get a PAYG tablet and a MiFi unit. A great combination for Christmas.

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Sprint announces three tri-band LTE devices landing this summer (hands-on)

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If your city is one of the many that's part of Sprints ongoing LTE rollout (or will be soon), then the network's just announced three tri-band mobile broadband devices for your consideration. The hope, it seems, is that as different parts of Sprint's LTE spectrum become available (including spectrum from Clearwire), coverage and network performance of the devices will improve. The hardware offerings are Novatel's MiFi 500 LTE, the Netgear Zing Mobile Hotspot and 341U USB dongle, and are slated to be available by summer. No confirmed availability dates or prices just yet. Sprint also hints at tri-band LTE phones from Samsung and LG to follow. In the meantime, however, you'd better get set up with your Data Link and Static IP.

Update: We had a brief run-in with the three new broadband devices and without being able to field test at blazing LTE speeds we can only offer up impressions of their design. In short? They're all essentially what we've seen before with the MiFi's shape being our favorite because of its smaller but taller -- and ultimately more pocketable -- footprint. Gallery is just below.

Brad Molen and Sean Cooper contributed to this report.

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T-Mobile’s Sonic 2.0 mobile hotspot revealed, brings LTE-powered WiFi to the masses

TMobile's Sonic 20 mifi revealed, brings LTEpowered WiFi to the magenta loving massesT-Mobile's UnCarrier announcement event is taking place a little later today, but some bits of news have started to leak out ahead of time. First was the BlackBerry Z10, and now comes an LTE mobile hotspot, the Sonic 2.0. It's T-mo's first LTE mifi and can feed data to up to eight devices at a time. Not only that, it's compatible with both Mac OSX 10.8 and Windows 8, plus Microsofties get the added benefit of compatibility with the Win8 Carrier application so users can easily access real-time data usage info for every connected gadget. As for the hardware, the Sonic 2.0 has a 1.77-inch color LCD on the front, a 3,000 mAh battery, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and quadband LTE and 3G radios on board. There's also a MicroSD card slot for simple file sharing of up to 32GB cards. It'll be available by the end of the month, though we don't yet know how much it'll cost. Guess you'll have to tune into our liveblog to find out.

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