Smartphones have it easy. They can have an internet plan and all is good. But what about laptops and other devices that don’t have such a luxury? Or what if you want to tether to a Wi-Fi network to not drain your entire smartphone battery?
There is a solution for that as well. Here is the Sierra Wireless U305. It is a 3G Lightning USB Modem which connects via USB to a laptop or the like to give it internet connection. It must be connected to a data plan and then it’s all set to go.
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Mobile internet is great. Or at least it is if you have a way to connect. It’s okay for smartphones, of course, as that is the point of them. But what if you have a laptop and don’t want to tether it and drain your smartphone battery in a couple of hours?
If you do need to get online, and there’s no public wireless network available, don’t worry. With the Sierra Wireless 3G Lightning USB Modem, you can still connect to the cell network of your choice. Assuming that network is available, the 3G Lightning acts as a modem for non-connected devices with a standard USB port.
You can either take the SIM out of your phone and put it in the modem, or get a data-only SIM for any network. Like all the devices we supply, the 3G Lightning is unlocked from all networks, so the world is yours. While it was created for AT&T and was locked to it originally, we understood the need for freedom to use devices as the customer sees fit. Therefore we helped shorten the process for you and it is now fully unlocked to all GSM networks. It is therefore compatible with networks across the world, including Europe, Asia and Australia.
The 3G Lightning modem is good and solid, but weighs just 1.6oz. The USB connector is able to pivot in all directions so, when in use, it won’t interfere with other ports on your computer. This is a common complaint for laptop users with USB devices, so kudos to Sierra Wireless for thinking ahead.
The unit has blue LEDs which show both power and connectivity. No more firing up your browser to find out if you have a connection or not!
The 3G Lightning installs automatically on Windows computers, without any other steps to set up. On Macs, the driver is available direct from the Sierra Wireless website. Even then, the installation is a breeze and takes just a couple of minutes.
The Sierra Wireless gets the best out of any 3G network, no matter where you are in the world. Compatible with networks in over 160 countries, you should be able to get online wherever you are. Just buy a local SIM card for the best data deals, put it in the 3G Lightning and you’re off and running instantly.
Using the HSPA 7.2 3G standard, you’ll be getting great speed and a reliable connection at all times.
We’ve long been promised public wireless access everywhere, but it’s still a long way off. If you routinely find yourself in a wireless dead spot, a USB modem like the Sierra Wireless 3G Lightning is the ideal choice. Some airtime contracts, particularly if you have an iPhone, don’t allow tethering at all, or at least not without heavy penalty charges. Get around it by plugging in the 3G Lightning and knowing exactly where you are on cost.
The Sierra Wireless 3G modem is an excellent alternative to tethering, and it won’t kill your phone battery.
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