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Re: Mobile Wifi Rental in Singapore

Postby ecureilx » Tue, 26 Feb 2013 9:48 am

zzm9980 wrote:Come on, you of all people here should know performance varies greatly depending where you are on the Island. With Starhub in the immediate vicinity of Paya Lebar MRT (hardly ulu ulu) my iPhone would time out for hours just trying to check email.

Thanks Andrew for that link. I had no clue there was 4G rental here. It's pricy, but totally reasonable for just a few days if you need Internet. Although their process seems silly. You fill out a form, pay, and wait for shipment of your rental? They should have a kiosk at Changi; tourists and other visitors aren't going to want to wait for a shipment...


Guilty I am :)

My point is, 3G is not so sluggish like .. 28.8 or 56k, as Andrew says .. and instead of renting, you can buy the Belkin 3G hotspot for less than 100 $ or the Aztech HW550-3G - less than 100 $ as well ..

PS: phones, used as hotspot, deliver slower speed and tend to disconnect when you get an SMS or service info .. I am not into Telco .. but I have noticed it, more than once, when i was using office phones for Tethering .. vs pocket 3G routers which don't do that ..

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Re: Mobile Wifi Rental in Singapore

Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 26 Feb 2013 10:50 am

ecureilx wrote:PS: phones, used as hotspot, deliver slower speed and tend to disconnect when you get an SMS or service info .. I am not into Telco .. but I have noticed it, more than once, when i was using office phones for Tethering .. vs pocket 3G routers which don't do that ..


That used to be true (and still partially is), and is a problem with the 3G/LTE implementation by the local carriers (Verizon in the US used to also do this, AT&T had a huge ad campaign making fun of it). Previously your data connection would just die once you received a call. All it took was an incoming ring to kill it. Great way to mess with your friends. Now with LTE (at least on Singtel), it will drop down to a 3G connection as soon as the phone rings. Since 3G is so terrible, it might as well be no data at all.

Now though, if you have a 3G (non-LTE) device but are connected to an LTE enabled tower, your data connection won't die. You'll still have 3G data during a voice call.

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Postby James Bud » Sat, 02 Mar 2013 10:42 am

Hi All,

Thanks for all the help here. Especially Andrew Cheng and ZZM for being so generous with sharing!

I just rented from www.rentafi.com yesterday for a few days to try. Quite happy that they deliver to my hotel on such a short notice and accommodate my requested timing which I changed several times.

Just for the records, I will update here if there are any problems I encounter with it.

But as of now, it is at least 5-10 times faster than the 3g prepaid card I was using.

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Postby e-products » Sat, 27 Jul 2013 3:00 am

There are quite a few places selling those MIFI 3g routers (Mini Wifi). These are portable where you can stick your 3G or 4G data simm cards into. They create a hot spot and allows up to 20 users to connect to it.


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