The Huawei D25HW Pocket WiFi device will be released by E Mobile in Japan on November 18th.
Similar to the Novatel MiFi device, the Pocket WiFi is both a cellular modem and portable wireless router, allowing you to set up a wireless hotspot anywhere that E Mobile provides cellular access.
The device offers up to 7.2 Mbps downloads and up to 5.8 uploads. The device itself appears to be compatible with both 1.7mghz and and 2.1ghz 3G HSPA networks meaning that we could start seeing it appear in new markets soon.
The device appears to be smaller than the MiFi and the total package is much smaller than the CradlePoint PHS300 + USB modem solution that I have been using. Add to that a battery life of up to 4 hours and charging from USB and the device becomes pretty interesting.
Also, similar to the GSM version of the MiFi, the D25HW has a memory card slot, adding what I would assume is a microNAS solution. I’m pretty impressed with the specs, but not so impressive is the price.
With a 2 year contract, the device will go for 5,980 yen, but cash price for the device without signing a contract bumps it up to 39,580. Much more expensive than MiFi or Cradlepoint.