Internet isn’t confined to wired internet anymore, the connectivity has spread across wireless mediums a long time ago. Previously, cellular internet was only internet for mobile devices but with more bandwidth and technology price getting lower, such wireless connectivity is available for the mass people at a cheaper price. A 3G data stick would be required to go online at a place where nothing but 3G cellular network is available, and here’s a guide on 10 such modems.
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1. Tata Photon Max Wi-Fi
The Tata Photo Max Wi-Fi is more of a Wi-Fi hotspot device than a 3G data stick, however it serves the job well. The internet connection is still achieved through a 3G connection and the bandwidth supported is up to 6.2 Mbps. Up to 5 simultaneous connection is supported. Price – Rs. 1,999.
2. ZTE AW3632
ZTE AW3632 is lightweight and thin, carrying it in pockets will not be a difficult task to accomplish. Even though it looks like a simple USB modem, yet it’s able to transmit data over Wi-Fi and create hotspots. The downlink on this router is 14.4 Mbps, it works on USB 2.0. Price – Rs. 1,800.
3. Vodafone K4201
The download and upload bandwidth on this Vodafone modem is respectively 21.1 Mbps and 5.76 Mbps. It works on all popular platforms like Windows, Linux, Fedora and Ubuntu etc. It has a microSD card slot as well. Price – Rs. 999.
4. Huawei E5331
This device is slightly costlier than the previous ones discussed, however Huawei E5331 can facilitate up to 8 users with internet connectivity at once. It comes with a 1500 mAh battery built with 250 hours standby time. The downlink is 21.1 Mbps and uplink is 5.76 Mbps. Price – Rs. 3,500.
5. Huawei E8131
Huawei E8131 works as a data card and Wi-Fi hotspot device apart from being a 3G modem for typical computers. The hotspot can accommodate up to five Wi-Fi devices. Bandwidth is 21.6 Mbps upload and around 5.76 Mbps download. Price – Rs. 2,500.
6. Huawei E3531
Huawei E3531 has been offered by many of the telecom companies as the default USB dongle for 3G connectivity. It’s quite old, yet very functional still. Apart from regular features like internet, call, SMS etc. it can facilitate Wi-Fi for up to 5 users at once. Price – Rs. 1,270.
7. ZTE MF70
ZTE MF70 offers Wi-Fi connectivity for up to 10 devices, that’s quite a lot for a dongle of this category and budget range. There’s a slot for external antenna as well, if in case you need more network reception. It works plug and play, and also has a microSD card slot. Price – Rs. 1,470.
8. Digisol DG-BA3321
This Digisol modem is quite basic on the performance end, however the network stability is still very well rated and connection fluctuation isn’t commonly seen on this modem. Download up to 21.6 Mbps is supported. Price – Rs. 1,500.
9. Huawei E3276
If you wish to get a 4G dongle at the price of a 3G modem, get the Huawei E3276 model. Indian 4G LTE bands are supported at no hassle, and since it is backward compatible also the previous 3G bands are supported. However, there’s no call and SMS support. Price – Rs. 1,800.
10. Micromax MMX444L
Micromax MMX444L supports TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE bands, hence a user would be able to use this dongle not only at home but also abroad. 4G LTE connectivity is available alongside regular 3G bands; however there’s no Wi-Fi hotspot features. Price – Rs. 2,499.
All these USB modems are available in retail cellular shops with warranty. Check with the shopkeeper about warranty and compatibility if you have any concern.