Gear65 #37 - M1 MiFi Portable 3G Hotspot

Today we take a look at a very unique device, the M1 MiFi, a portable battery operated WiFi router with built in 3G modem by M1 and Vodafone.

Link: M1 Mobile Hotspot (MiFi)

  • Terry G

    I am seeking Huawai 3G router last year, it only appear at M1 shop, outside nobodying selling it. Now, mifi might be the better choice.

    Wonderful review.

    *M1 already remoted mifi Ads from their website, what happens.

  • Terry G

    I was seeking Huawai 3G router last year, it only appear at M1 shop, outside nobodying selling it. Now, mifi might be the better choice.

    Wonderful review.

    *M1 already remoted mifi Ads from their website, what happens.

  • andy

    hi terry G
    i got a brand new Huawai 3G router and option 3g router for sell.
    if u interested pls call me at 6389 3234 or email me at luckyauto@gmail.com. thank

  • andy

    hi Daniel , is this M1 MiFi Portable 3G Hotspot sim lock , can be using starhub or singtel sim card ? thank

    • No, there’s no Sim Locking in Singapore for any device. So yes, you can use it with Starhub or Singtel’s SIM cards.

  • hktoh

    Hi Daniel, in Malaysia, there’s also a law against SIM locking. But here’s where it gets interesting – while phones cannot be SIM locked, apparently data devices such as USB broadband modems can. Case in point – Maxis, M’sia’s largest celco, locked its earliest generation wireless broadband modem so that you can’t put any other SIM apart from a Maxis SIm into the device.

    I wonder if you’ve personally tested the MiFi 2352 with another SIM apart from an M1 SIM, such as Starhub’s or Singtel’s? I’m considering making a special trip from KL to Singapore just to buy this thing if it is truly unlocked!

    Thanks in advance for a confirmation (or otherwise!)!

  • Terry G

    Thanks for andy’s offer, now seems Mifi2352 will better choice.

    hktoh, from Daniel’s Video, seems he able to create multiply profile for different providers. pretty much confirmed. it not locked.

    I used to ask M1 staff.. THey know nothing about this box.

  • hktoh

    Terry G, thanks for the info. If I were to make a day trip from KL to Singapore just to get the MiFi, which M1 shop should I go to? Does anyone have their direct telephone numbers so that I can call them to check on stock availability and reserve one? I can’t seem to find these direct telephone numbers for the M1 shops on the M1 website.

    • My only concern is that you might not be able to purchase one without signing up with a data plan… I don’t know what’s the status with regards to that though…

  • hktoh

    Daniel, I wrote an email to M1 Customer Service, and they responded saying that the no-contract price is S$ 468. I’m more than willing to pay that price, assuming it is really unlocked! Now, on to the hunt for the telephone numbers of M1 shops, I guess! 😀

    • Oh! That’s great news! It’s certainly unlocked. We’ve tested that during our review.

  • hktoh

    Daniel, thanks for the confirmation. I wonder how this device is selling. I initially saw the contract-free pricing on the M1 website, but it’s not there anymore. That can only mean two things, I guess – either it’s not selling well at all and M1 will be stopping sales of it soon, or that it is selling so well until they prefer that people take out a long term contract with them rather than buying it contract-free!

    If anyone has any ideas on which M1 shop currently has stocks of this, please leave a comment, it will be greatly appreciated!

  • Charles

    It seems it is currently not available and M1 temporarily discontinued it.

    Anyone knows why? Are there alternatives available in our little island?

    This is one cool device and I was absolutely gutted being told when I visited an M1 shop today that they are not selling it.

  • Alan

    The device is now available at M1 shops with 50% off for 7.2G price plan. Previous stoppage by M1 probably due to some technical glitch. However, I don’t see M1 making a lot of advertising on it.

  • Julien

    Just bought a mifi 2352 into which I slipped my iPhone 3G Singtel sim card. The mifi set flashes blue indicating there is a UMTS service available but it won’t connect to it. Should I be changing a setting somewhere to overcome this? The Sim is unlocked.

    • Hi Julien, when you mean the SIM is unlocked, do you mean that it is not subsidy locked like they are in the USA, or do you mean that you have contacted Singtel and specifically gone through the procedure to deactivate the Data restriction on the SIM card? The deactivation I’m referring to is covered in this article I wrote a while back. For some reason, the SIM card with an iPhone 3GS is restricted to only allow data on the iPhone, a restriction that they are more than willing to deactivate for you, though.

      • Julien

        Daniel, let me look into your suggestion. I was referring to their being no being no SIM PIN. I’ll get back to you if I don’t resolve my problem. Thx. Julien

  • Julien

    I’ve spoken to Singtel technical who assure me there are no restrictions for the data service on the SIM card. Still no joy on the MIFI though so should I follow your instructions using a Nokia handset?

    • Yes you should. It is possible that the technician is not aware of the lock. Even the one I spoke to did not show signs that he knew of its existence.

  • Julien

    Just figured out the error of my ways! Discovered I hadn’t entered the APN settings into the MIFI. Now done and browsing away. many thanks.

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