Just last week I received an EE branded bow-tied box in the mail (pictured in the gallery below), which at first I thought was some type late Christmas present, until I seen the EE logo that is.
Upon opening the box I was instantly greeted with the Huawei E589 4G MiFi device alongside a ton of polystyrene balls, which instantly flew across the room simultaneously.
4G is extremely new in the UK, with EE currently the only provider of the service within the UK but after testing the service for myself I can tell it is already well established.
Yes at times I was only getting a single bar of service for 4G, but still at this signal level I managed to achieve the great speeds promised by the carrier.
The design of the Huawei E589 is actually pretty cool for a MiFi device, with a complete glass front and black plastic back, the device actually looks like a mobile phone, with a silver plastic band around the edge, the E589 is sure to go nicely with the iPhone.
On the side there’s a couple of buttons, a WPS button for quick connections to devices that supports it and an on/off button, both situated on the right hand side.
Also on the right hand side is the slot for your 4G SIM-card, and then on the left hand side you will find the USB connector, reset button and a slot for a MicroSD card.
During my tests I was extremely impressed with the amount of coverage already available within my town, and found that most of the time I actually received a 4G connection, not an expected turnout with a service so new and only found the device to switch to a 3G or 2G connection only occasionally.
I have been using the Huawei E589 for a ton of tasks, switching my normal home WiFi connection for the MiFi connection on things like my laptop and tablet in order to test how well the service kept up with data hungry applications.
I found the device actually managed to out-do my home broadband connection in a lot of situations, dramatically reducing the amount of buffering time when streaming video on services such as YouTube or BBC iPlayer.
I also took the device on-the-go with me on a couple of walks to see how well the service kept up whilst moving, and I found it worked impressively well, streaming music on my iPhone from the iTunes Match service quickly and without any drops.
Unlike most MiFi devices, the battery life on the Huawei E589 is awesome, charging in just a couple of hours, I managed to get a days use out of it throughout the week of use.
The best thing about the device however is the signal strength, which I found to be just as good on trains as it was at home, which if you have ever used a train before you will know thats practically impossible.
Overall I really can’t think of a bad word to say about either the MiFi device or the EE4G connection, I was extremely impressed with everything to do with this device and would defiantly recommend any data hungry tablet, smartphone or laptop user buy this device for their on-the-go data needs (you can connect up to 10 devices by the way).
You can pick up the Huawei E589 for £12.99 a month on the EE4G plan as long as you put down £49.99 for the device, granting you 1GB of data, there’s also a 3Gb plan for the same up-front cost on £15.99 a month, also available on a 30 day rolling contract.
There’s also a 5Gb plan from £20.99 a month and 8GB plan from £25.99. You can find out more here.
We were sent the Huawei E589 from EE themselves, however all views and options within this review are completely my own.