About a month ago I arrived in a spa hotel for a seven day stay only to discover that it had no viable wireless connection: there was something fitful going on if you stood at reception and waved a phone around optimistically, but forget trying to get online in your room. There were a few tears and a bit of suitcase kicking, before I promptly checked myself out the next morning and returned home in a vile mood. (I have a business to run, rent to pay, and no partner to pick up any fiscal slack: it would be lovely to check out for a week, but it isn’t feasible.)
A rather clever publicist emailed me that day to say that she had seen my blog, and wondered if she could lend me the new EE 4G wifi Huawei modem, to enable me to get online when I found myself in random places or on the hoof.
To use my favourite phrase: HELL YEAH.
So it arrived, and I checked it worked, but didn’t use it again until I hopped off to Wilderness last weekend. And then oh my goodness was I a happy bunny. For, whilst SMS and phone calls worked fine — very old school — any data usage was a big no no. The modem didn’t have much luck picking up a signal in the main part of the festival fields — fair enough: there were 15 000 people all desperately trying to Tweet their lunch, back in the yurt of dreams we were able to link up three tablets and two smartphones simultaneously and get on line within seconds. It really could not have been more simple. And I know that we were in the minority of people able to get on line.
So will I be buying one of these when I have to return it from whence it came?
Not only is it really super fast, even in a field in deepest darkest Oxfordshire, it can support up to 10 WiFi devices with 10 hours of battery life. You can also use any BT Wi-Fi hotspot and London Underground WiFi for free.
So the damage: If you sign up for 24months you can get 3GB a month for £15.99 with the device free and a one off payment of £19.99. Or you can go monthly for 3GB £15.99 and a one off payment of £69.99.
(According to the online calculator, 3GB is enough for heavy browsing/social media/email usage: I don’t watch films/play games et con line. But if you did this baby is fast enough to both download and play,)