- CrackBerry Abuser
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Mobile internet solution MIFI with Playbook
Just wanted to feedback my experience with the mobile internet on my PB.
I had been bridging my Curve 8520 (non-3g) with my PB and generally getting quite frustrated with it on my commute in! Was a bit slow (as non 3g) when it was working and kept losing signal (which is Vodafone's fault rather than any of the devices). I'm due an upgrade on my phone soon and so was going to get a 3g blackberry to improve this.
Of course this would still leave me with annoyances such as my IMAP emails didn't update and no app world when on the move but at least my browser would be quicker which was the main thing I am after.
I then happened to do a mobile speed test with a colleague who has the phone I was looking at and it wasn't that much faster and he was also complaining about his mobile browsing not seeing so much of an improvement over the 8520; and the battery drain on his phone was quite a bit higher when 3g was enabled.
So I thought I'd take another look at the MIFI solution (by 3 over here in the UK). Their network coverage for mobile internet was actually much better on the commute route I do and so I took the plunge.
It just came today and I will be testing it on the commute tomorrow, but initial impressions are fantastic. Mobile browsing is very snappy, download speeds are really good (comparable to some broadband connections I've had in the past) and best of all, all my IMAP emails work and app world works when connected. I hadn't really thought of those last two facts when I purchased the MIFI but they have made me very happy indeed!!
As a combination, this really now is what I've been wanting all along ever since I got the PB. Granted it is going to be an extra c£6 a month for the connection as I have basically found I can't rely on my phone for a decent connection for the time being, but it gives me full functionality on the move!
Would recommend if others have been looking for something similar, to look into it!
- CrackBerry User
07-12-2012, 08:19 AM #2
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Hi, just to let you know I have been using. Pay Monthly MIFI on 3 mobile for the past 18 months and I have driven from Nottingham to London several times and maintained connections, I have also used with my PlayBook for past 7 months and had no problems. Speed varies depending on signal strength and load on network but generally I find it fine for email, browsing, occasional streaming with I Player and the fact that you can connect up to 5 device's at the same time, ok it slows down but I routinely have my PlayBook, laptop and phone connected at the same time, works great.Tim, BB convert from Nokia although still love my N900, Torch, Curve 2 PB 16 & 32 GB
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- CrackBerry Genius
07-12-2012, 11:24 AM #3
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A 3G BlackBerry smartphone can receive email via IMAP in near real-time. In addition to a corporate email account I have a personal account integrate on my BlackBerry smartphone and receive the personal email in near real-time but not yet as immediately as my corporate account on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
- 07-13-2012, 11:57 AM #4
MiFi - Three and Voda
I've had a Mifi unit for a while too. I bought a new unlocked one from ebay and I have successfully used it with Three network and Vodafone.
If you also buy a Three SIM from Ebay, 3gb of data for £10 roughly lasting up to three months it works out quite nicely. Vodafone not as good, plus best deal is on contract.
The best thing I have found is using it abroad. I went to Italy, got a data sim from the local network, and hey presto up and running. You may need to change the APN setting but not always.
Gets my vote :-)
Last edited by myllym; 07-13-2012 at 12:39 PM.Sharp IQ -> Psion 3 -> Psion 3c -> Sony Clié --> BlackBerry 7250 --> BlackBerry Curve 8310 --> BlackBerry Curve 8320 --> BlackBerry Bold 9700 --> BlackBerry Bold 9780 (x2) --> Q10 & Playbook
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Well to report, I get signal on my whole commute and it is generally the quicker HSPA connection not just 3g. Very happy and well done Three network!
BB9700CA, I am referring to IMAP on the PlayBook email application via bridge internet rather than on the phone itself, my BB phone is corporate and I can't add personal email accounts.
- 07-13-2012, 02:59 PM #6
What would I look for in the way of mifi cards if you can help? So, my pb and my bb phone could use the mifi (wifi) in Italy next Winter?
- 07-13-2012, 04:16 PM #7Sharp IQ -> Psion 3 -> Psion 3c -> Sony Clié --> BlackBerry 7250 --> BlackBerry Curve 8310 --> BlackBerry Curve 8320 --> BlackBerry Bold 9700 --> BlackBerry Bold 9780 (x2) --> Q10 & Playbook
- 07-13-2012, 04:27 PM #8
Anything special to look for in UNLOCKED mifi units? So any mifi or can only certain ones be UNlocked?
Would buying one require a contract (verizon in my case) or is it just a purchase? And would verizon unlock it as readily as they unlocked my phone (no problems at all in that aspect)
edited to add: aha, looks like you need a gsm UNlocked mifi. I gather from some quick searching, that Verizon's are probably limited to their network protocol and for Europe that would be next to, if not, equal to useless!!! So I think I now know what to look for - MAYBE!
Last edited by F2; 07-13-2012 at 05:45 PM.
- 07-14-2012, 12:46 AM #9
I bought a huawei 565 which allows for five connections. Officially it is for the 3 network, but if unlocked all you do is put a data sim in it. Switch on and wait for the little globe to appear.
Wind sell a usb dongle which is the same thing really but only one connection. I remove the sim and put it in the mifi unit.
Last edited by myllym; 07-14-2012 at 01:07 AM.Sharp IQ -> Psion 3 -> Psion 3c -> Sony Clié --> BlackBerry 7250 --> BlackBerry Curve 8310 --> BlackBerry Curve 8320 --> BlackBerry Bold 9700 --> BlackBerry Bold 9780 (x2) --> Q10 & Playbook
- 07-14-2012, 08:45 AM #11
Thanks for the additional details. Was looking around Amazon and Craig's List. Being with Verizon in the States, we generally don't have sim cards although the bb's I've had all do have them, they are Verizon, and now very pricy if used in Europe. So I'd need to find from a gsm carrier, I'd guess. I would not trust a Verizon mifi to be unlockable! (as I wrote, they do unlock the sim slot in the phone for a paid-up, 6 month customer without issue but I'm not sure about mifi and they probably only sell them with contracts)
- CrackBerry Abuser
07-14-2012, 02:29 PM #13
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Verizon BB Phones
some of the Verizon BB Phones run dual CDMA and GSM for global use therefore have a sim card as well
This is a deal that 49% owner Vodaphone with Verizon several year back
Vodaphone about 5 or more years ago had pressed Verizon to change to GSM and Verizon promised once it goes to 4G to use the same technology, to merge the systems which never happened as they the 4 US carriers use different frequencies which does not make much sense
Thats why out mobile phone costs here in the US are much higher than in Europe and ME
everywhere I stay longer as 3/4 days I get myself a local SIM card and put it into a unlocked GSM phone, now with the EU call and data rates so low, what a relieve
Verizon is a cash cow for Vodaphone, thats why they do not sell their share in Verizon and buy T-Mobile USA instead.
- 07-14-2012, 03:17 PM #15
So, that's why I'm interested in this mifi thingie. I tentatively am going to Italy next winter for a few weeks. But I might be content to just watch loaded videos and stay UNinformed
- 07-15-2012, 03:49 AM #16
I go to Italy again over the summer so I shall post some more detailed info then if you are interested?
- 07-15-2012, 08:46 AM #17
- 07-16-2012, 12:21 PM #18
The standard Verizon mifi dangle has no SIM card. I believe there is one with dual radios. The monthly fees are high and may require a contract. I get mine from work so do not know about the costs. It works very well.
- 07-24-2012, 02:43 AM #19
- 07-24-2012, 08:24 AM #20
I received my mifi device on Sat but probably have no way to test it in the US. Is an UNlocked AT&T Novatel unit.
But I also don't know what or how to change its values and, of course, don't know what European (Italy mainly, with in/out of Munich) carrier I would be using. Also found that the pb did not seem to be able to access the "internal url" to get to settings - the pb wanted to SAVE the page rather than displaying it. So if I don't have a computer over there, I might not be able to get into its settings.