Yippee! I Just Bought a Telikom Huawei E8372 LTE Wingle
Goodbye 3G, Hello 4G
Okay, not to sound too over excited but I just purchased a Telikom LTE wingle. The device name sounds like a Chinese vehicle brand, but it’s not. It is rather an upgraded version of the famous dongle with an added bonus – WiFi.
The device is actually a Huawei E8372 LTE Wingle which can support up to 4 devices. The features include a microSD card slot, SMS support, LTE Cat.4 support, MIMO and receive diversity.
I purchased the device with a SIM card included. There are various bundles starting from as low as K5 right up to K15. I got the later which came with 600MB preloaded data.
Prepaid Call Rates
I’ve probably mentioned this many times before but Telikom’s prepaid internet rates are quite good. The prices start from as low as K2. I’ve included the rates below so you can see your money’s value.
USSD Short Codes
The device supports USSD short codes making it very easy to load data and check balances. The codes are the standard GSM codes, but in case you don’t know or forgot, then here they are again.
|*120# send||Check balance|
|*121*voucher# send||Top up|
|*121*voucher*phone# send||Send top up to another number|
|*128*amount*phone# send||Transfer credit to another number|
There are other codes which I have not included. I think these are the basic, but if you want to know other codes then leave a comment.
Using the USSD Codes in SMS
The great thing about this new wingle is the ability to update and check balance on the device’s interface dashboard. However, you don’t use the * or # signs. For example, to check balances enter 120 in to contact and the B in the content and send.
B is for balance.
If you are updating using a data voucher and you do is enter 121 in contact and the voucher number in the content.
I’m not putting up all the codes but if you need any help with the codes, please leave a comment below.
Using the Huawei Wingle as a Portable Hotspot (MiFi)
The Huawei E8372 LTE Wingle can be connected to a power source on the wall and act as a hotspot. But you can also attach it to a power bank and create a portable hotspot or MiFi.
The speed (download & upload) is quite good compared to other service providers. I did a speed test using the app Speedtest and the results were impressive especially for PNG.
The download speeds were as high as 10.3Mbps and upload was 11.6Mbps. However, the speeds will vary according to signal strength.
At Kanudi, where I currently reside, the speeds are lower because we are picking up only 3G signals but it’s full speed at Waigani and Boroko areas.
Huawei E8372 LTE Wingle – a good buy
I would recommend the Huawei E8372 LTE Wingle for anyone wanting Telikom PNG’s faster 4G service without digging too deep in the pocket.
The LTE Wingle can be purchased at any Telikom PNG outlet.