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March 26, 2012

Huawei E587 claims speeds of up to 42Mbps

The Huawei E587 is an upgrade to the Huawei E586 supporting HSPA+ networks but this time, instead of the 21Mbps speeds of the latter, the E587 can now handle bandwidth speeds of up to 42Mbps. I believe this is also the same unit that is being using by Smart in their Rocket WiFi Plus plan.

I tried the Huawei E587 on a couple of carriers and found the speed tests very impressive except for the bandwidth caps indicated in the fine print.

Was able to get an O2 prepaid card in Cologne for only 5 euros. That includes a regular SIM (voice and SMS) and a data SIM with free 2 months unlimited internet worth 20 euros. I was impressed with the 2 months free mobile internet until I saw the fine print. It’s unlimited at 64Kbps but can go up to 7.2Mbps for the first 200MB.

Once you reach the 200MB data cap, your speed is reduced to dial-up speeds (64Kbps) but it remains free for the whole two months. If you want the 7.2Mbps back, you can get for an additional 15 euros per 1GB.

I have already used up the 200MB in the first day and been running on 64Kbps now on my phone doing simple stuff like Twitter, FourSquare and Facebook. Email and Instagram is a hit or miss.

I have since switched my primary line to T-Mobile with a SIM packet that costs 20 euros and has a pre-loaded value of 10 euros. I can get a 10-euro monthly rate with 300MB cap or pay 1 euro per day for a 200MB cap, all of which are deducted on my load automatically.

The speedtests are impressive and I constantly get above 8Mbps around the city of Hamburg. I am still on the look-out for a carrier that can maximize the speed of the Huawei E587.

You can read our full review of the Huawei E587 here.

P.S. I miss the Philippines. Our SIM cards are cheaper and our mobile internet has no cap (or have high volume caps).

Disclosure: The Huawei E587 was provided to us by HotGadgets. They sell it on Sulit for Ph8,500.

Huawei E587 Review

9 Responses to “Huawei E587 claims speeds of up to 42Mbps”

  1. JustAThought says:

    we don’t appreciate what we have until we see it in other countries.. faster speed but gotta shell out some cash… vs unlimited but not as promised speeds.. time to weigh what we really want..

    faster but little more expensive with possibility of data caps
    OR
    unlimited.. cheaper fee.. we get what we pay for service..

  2. Benchmark says:

    Well for me, sana meron matinong mobile data connection dito sa PH na di naman kabagalan pero consistent naman ang speed. Maybe its 5 years away before PH will have a good data connection in internet.

  3. showbiz says:

    Lol, I thought it was in the Philippines.

  4. ocommon says:

    @JustAThought,

    sana lang may ganyan pagpipilian sa pilipinas, kaso wala eh, lahat hindi consistent (wireless).

  5. digitallysick says:

    Bring it back to the philippines and see if you can beat that speed test constantly try it in a few different areas of manila. Curious to see if it can ever reach the 42Mbps ever

  6. Mr. Curious says:

    Just wandering, is there a telco here that can offer a service that will maximize its speed? hmm..

  7. Mr. Curious says:

    @sir abe: is there a service provider here that offers fiber optic connection already?

  8. Nev says:

    The philippines is not yet ready for that kind of technology.

  9. Ezequiel says:

    I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but
    your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back in the future. Cheers

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