Now that both Globe and Smart have rolled out their respective LTE networks, both have also offered LTE pricing plans for subscribers. Aside from the iPhone 5, one of the more important devices that you can use to connect to the LTE network is the Huawei E589.
We managed to grab a hold of an openline E589 and used our Globe postpaid nano SIM with it. Unlike the previous pocket WiFi devices from Huawei, the E589 has a unibody design so the internal battery is non-removable.
The device is a bit heavy and much bigger than the previous pocket WiFi we have used in the past. Actually, it already feels like it’s the same size as one of those entry-level Android phones like the Optimus L3 or the Galaxy Pocket.
The SIM card slot is designed for a regular SIM card so you will need to use a nano-SIM cradle when using your nano SIM card.
Huawei E589 specs:
LTE 4G, 3G, 2G multimode
LTE Cat 3
Download speed up to 100 Mbit / s
Upload speeds up to 50Mbits
LTE 2600/2100/1800/900/DD800 MHz
GSM 800/900/1800/1900 MHz
6 hours of battery life
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
up to 32GB via microSD card
113 x 62 x 13.5mm (dimensions)
We did several runs on Speedtest.net and got these results:
These were all taken using the Huawei E589 running on a Globe postpaid nano-SIM with a desktop PC connected via WiFi that ran/recorded the speed tests.
According to Huawei’s website, the E589 is compatible with both Smart and Globe’s LTE network in the Philippines. Will also try this on a Smart’s SIM and see how it fares.
You can get this Huawei E589 at Hot Gadgets for Php9,800 (see listing here).