One2free Next G modem

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 April, 2009, 12:00am

The term 'next generation' can loosely be applied to all new technologies, but in the case of CSL's one2free and 1010, the term really means what it says.

While mobile networks in Hong Kong already offer a range of high-speed services that give you broadband internet connectivity, the new Next G service gives you a blazing 21Mbps, more than three times the speed of a typical fixed-line broadband connection.

One2free is now offering a USB modem you can plug in into your notebook computer and get super-fast connections to online applications such as Facebook or YouTube. You can use the service from most places where you can get a mobile signal.

One problem is that the modem supports a very peculiar set of network spectrums, namely 850MHz, 1900MHz and 2100MHz. It is peculiar because only the 2100MHz band is supported in Hong Kong, so you won't be able to roam to the GSM network when out of range of the 3G network. This means that you will only be able to roam to the mainland and other countries on 3G.

The modem can also serve as a portable storage device. It is equipped with 64MB of internal storage and a 32GB microSD card.

One2free is selling the Next G modem for HK$2,580 by itself or you can get it free with a subscription.

Pros: portable broadband, super fast data speeds, internal storage

Cons: does not support GSM networks in Hong Kong, won't roam with GSM to the mainland