Does anyone know of any 4G USB Modem stick that T-Mobile does not have the IMEI for. I.e. (non-branded) Naturally, I want a modem that works on T-Mobile 4G speeds.
I have an old unlimited VPN data plan that I want to use with the new stick. I have tried T-Mobile branded ones and it kicks me off immediately (assumingly due to the IMEI registration in their system)
I've looked at this problem some; I'm in a similar situation with a grandfathered rateplan.
I tried a generic Option iCon 452, Wind branded iCon 452, t-mobile branded 3G/4G sticks, they blocked all of them. What t-mobile didn't block was: TM506, Blackberry 9700, and Google Nexus One. I use the TM506 with USB tethering to a PHS-300 hotspot and it works very well (~2Mbps on USB tethering; bluetooth tethering maxes out at ~700kbps), but it only supports HSDPA 3.6
Numerous air cards that do not support T-mobile's 3G bands work just fine on 2G (Seirra Wireless 875, 875u, 881, mercury, Novatel aircards, ect...). If your fine with 2G service, pick up any unlocked aircard without AWS band from AT&T and it will work fine.
I know its not USB nor HSPA+ but does anyone have any experience with the BandRich/BandLuxe C105 (ExpressCard/34), using the old t-zones data plan? This is for the occasional tether, not by any means for a constant or dedicated connection.
I'm hoping to answer this question myself. I have a Cradlepoint MBR1200 router and I'm hoping to use an unlocked Novatel MC545 USB modem. I signed up for the smartphone unlimited nationwide 4G data plan. It's HSPA+42 compatible but the only drawback is for HSPA+ in the USA there is only 1900MHz. Fortunately I will be using it in one of the newly announced 1900 MHz HSPA+ markets and in testing the SIM card with an unlocked Ipad 3 I consistently get 12-15 down and 3 up with sub 40ms pings.
I will report on my experiences in a few days but I'm hoping someone has experience with how T-Mobile will react to high usage (average of 50GB a month) on the new unthrottled uncapped 4G smartphone unlimited data. If it works it will be replacing a Verizon unlimited smartphone data plan used with a USB modem which is pretty fast but suffers from the random disconnects every few days that more than a few people see.
I did something similar with the $30 plan in an unlocked zoom 3G modem and router, after about 100 megs they cut you off and start redirecting to the "buy a tethering addon" page. However, using the modem by itself I was able to go all the way to 5 GB