I took a quick glance at the instructions, opened up the unit, popped in a 3 sim, plugged it into a USB port and it worked. I changed the APN and the default password and then popped in a T-Mobile sim and it continued working without skipping a beat.
Very easy to set up, in fact if you leave the default settings there's no need to alter anything at all.
Fast HSPA+ (21.1Mbit) compatibility
With a price tag 40 per cent cheaper than its premium alternative the 3 Value MiFi seems tempting on paper. The problem is the loss of a detailed screen for data, signal and roaming information means it could accidentally cost you far more than the £35 saving you put in your pocket. Performance is every bit as good as any MiFi we have tested though and battery life is strong. Still we can't help but think penny pinchers will regret scrimping long term.
Great little device
I've used an older version of this little router (E853) and it has been a lifesaver on all overseas trips. I am yet to find a network that it does not support. I tested out my new E586E and it's just as good when it comes to functionality and it seems to work faster. I like the look of an all black device too. A few notes that I wished that someone had told me before: T-Mobile in USA will not work on any speed above G2/EDGE, so it's painstakingly slow. No issues with T-Mobile overseas.
HSPA+ Performance Notably Better Than HSDPA
Three has landed something of a coup with the Huawei E586 MiFi. Its HSPA+ coverage is far from universal, but where it is available the E586 enjoys speeds which are a vast improvement over standard 3G. The E586 is also stylish, light and well made with an excellent OLED screen which provides all the at-a-glance information you need.
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