Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Tatto 4G Flash / Huawei E357... is really a 4G?

Based on the internet I learned that:
- HSDPA (3.5G) = up to 14mb dl
- HSPA+ (4G) = up to 21mb dl

If my knowledge is right E357/4G Flash is actually 3.5G unlike the E353/Smart Rocket which is 4G! Which I think make sense because of e357/4G Flash's cheaper price.

So that's it... Globe's fail marketing on 4G naming -- at least for me. Also I don't think unlocking will make e357 to access HSPA+/4G.

Update: I was able to get HSPA+ once in Ortigas near Robinsons Galleria. So at this point, if you don't need to get an external antenna for your 4G dongle then better buy this instead of E353!

Anyway I'm currently happy with the performance compared with my old Tattoo. The signal coverage is a lot better in my opinion as I'm always getting 3G connection. Check out the screenshots below.

RSSI status

Speed test result 1

Speed test result 2

Do I need to cry for a 7.2mbps? I don't think so, 3mbps is ok for download for now. Well I'm not a downloader these days... at least until I got hold of my 3rd 2TB next month or 2.

You can plug an external antenna to your Huawei E357 and it shows improvement but beware that it may cause the internal antenna to fail. If that happens, you won't be using your E357 without plugging the external antenna. -- claimed some people in symbianize.com.

Instead of putting a hole on my E357, I might just try to experiment and create a home-made antenna one of these days. Something like this...

Lol cheers!

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  1. Anonymous2:48 PM

    HSDPA kc nasasagap ng 4G Flash mo kaya 3.5G yan, but that modem is a 3.75G/4G capable kaya pag available na ung globe HSPA+ sa area mo,malalaman mo na hindi nag fail ang globe sa pangalan nyan .. :)

  2. You are so WRONG. E357 has HSPA+, too! A cheaper price doesn't mean the product is deceitful.

    1. I am so right, check my correction above! ;-)

  3. Anonymous4:40 PM

    7.2mbps is not = 7.2Mb/s

    convert your units first before "crying"

    1. Comments like this that show the world how dumb most techies have become.

      A megabit per second: Mbit/s == Mb/s == Mbps
      A megabytes per second: MB/s.

    2. bps or b/s = bits per second or bytes per sec., kbps or kb/s = kilobytes per second, mbps or mb/s or mbits or mbit/s = megabytes per second... bit or bytes represent as one.... hahahaha...

    3. No it's not, for standard abbreviation 'b' stands for bits and 'B' stands for bytes.

      Don't get confused as they don't really represent as one.

      Clearly 64kb/s would be at same rate as 8kB/s.

      Don't be one of them and hope this helps.

  4. Anonymous11:43 AM

    ask lang ako, are you using globe prepaid or globe post paid? if postpaid... does it still fall in GLOBOBO's "FAIR USE POLICY" like you have an 800mb/daily cap(limit)?

    1. Postpaid, yes I think there's an 800MB daily cap limit. 800MB is enough for my travel.

      I never use it for download though, I use wired internet for that.

    2. globe post paid is unlimited, 800 cap is only applied to prepaid users...

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