why would you need a portable wireless WiBro-to-WiFi device, when virtually most of concentrated downtown has FREE Wi-Fi availabe around each corner and many coffee shop chains have electric plug-in sockets ?

we have now come to such a time : you have to be /always/ connected On-Line, and many FREE Wi-Fi in bus and trains are still a joke – very unstable at most – and while you certainly have to opt for data capabilities than sime Wi-Fi, when you sign-up for a carrier (this is your cell phone or smart-phone), you will still need this Egg or Pocket-Fi for your notebook or laptop in times of need .

 

first there were the slow USB dongles, then KT’s Egg, and with the advent of sped-up LTE : SKT’s Pocket-Fi (latter pronounced “Pie”) and now LGT has joined the band-wagon . so which to choose ?

[ FACT ]

  1. know South Korea’s conglomerates are always competing (in sort-of an orderly way) for popular products
  2. several manufacturer’s mostly Chinese and some home-grown Korean, have their own model names and numbers
  3. where the conglomerate telecommunications / cellular carriers add their own catch-names on top of those model numbers – only seen in the end of product description as specifications . KT’s Egg became popular with its simple name, the SKT’s Pocket-Fi as wireless connection became faster, while LG U Plus’s common name Wi-Fi lurks beyond .
  4. South Korea’s three major carriers KT, SKT and LGT have a handful of portable Wi-Fi devices or WiBro at a certain time .

 

[ CHOOSING POINTS ]

  • first you might choose a carrier as some offer discount when you subscribe to two or more of their products
  • then, although you have to search a bit : select the latest model as they have more technology in it
  • while design may play a factor as it will be seen and there, out in the open : to be seen
  • speed should not be a factor as it is relative to many factors and will cover-it if you choose latter models
  • lastly you have to decide if you will purchase a WiBro-to-WiFi device first (ideally at a used-product community) then subscribe to a carrier, or subscribe together with a device paid in installments – in the long run : the former only comes a tad cheaper as annual subscription come with almost 25% discount but mostly have to sign-up for 2~3 years (some very vague) while LGT offers one-year plans also .

each carrier has a couple of character models, so will mention those nowHW-E5885_1p_01
(manufacturer Huawei model HW-E5885) KT’s Global-One Egg 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi from twelve LTE band 6,400mAh battery, dimension 1120 x 692 x 23mm weight 192g.(with battery) has MicroSD Card slot and can roam abroad with extra cost

FLC9_002_16(infoMark model iML-F400S) SKT’s T Pocket-Fi Z 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi and three band LTE, BlueTooth 4.2LE 2,300mAh battery, dimension 105 x 57 x 9mm. weight 76g.with choice of black or red trim

 

 

 

 

 

A00B_001_16(ModaCom model URoad-SMR200) T Pocket-Fi R domestic and foreign roaming with two 3G and eight LTE band 2,800mAh battery, dimension 1088 x 535 x 123mm. weight 94g.can be used as external battery and tethering available

 

 

 

E5577s-321_2(Huawei model E5577s-321) UPlus Wi-Fi Sseok dual band 2.4/5GHz 3,000mAh battery, dimension 968 x 580 x 173mm. weight 112g.has MicroSD Card slot

 

 

IML-C5000W_1(infoMark model iML-C5000W) UPlus Wi-Fi Sseok Slim dual band 2.4/5GHz 2,300mAh battery, dimension 85 x 12mm. weight 76g.with BlueTooth and has MicroSD Card slot

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