Category Archives: 4G SIM Cards

Many rural communities are getting fed up with the lack of high speed broadband services and no longer want to put up with slow broadband because they are too far away from the BT exchange,

Many of these rural Internet customers are switching to 4G services because they can triple or quadruple their internet speed by connecting to their nearest 4G base Station.  This means that customers that previously has download speeds on 2Mbps are now getting 6Mbps or 8Mbps on average and many users are getting 20Mbps.

By switching to a Rural 4G Mobile Broadband Service all you need is:-

  • 4G Mobile Broadband Router
  • 4G Antenna
  • 4G SIM Card

For the router we recommend the Huawei E5186 becuase this provides a high speed CAT6 4G Module to get the best performance from your 4G mobile service and features Gigabit Ethernet ports for high speed wired LAN and includes 802.11ac super fast WiFi to provides high speed and long range WiFi connectivity for your wireless devices.

Huawei E5186 4G Router

As well as the High speed 4G connection and high speed LAN and WiFi, the Huawei E5186 4G Router has 2 x external antenna connections so you can connect this to an external 4G Antenna so if you have poor 4G reception where you locate the router, you can connect a high gain 4G antenna outdoors where you have a better service.  One of the most popular outdoor 4G antennas is the Fullband® MIMORAD® MiMO 4G Antenna.

MIMORAD 4G Antenna

The Fullband bit relates to the fact that it covers all 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks and the MIMORAD part means that it provides 4G MiMo connectivity ie. 2 x antennas inside the RADome housing.  Because it contains 2 x 4G antennas, the MIMORAD therefore has 2 x antenna cables.  In this case the antenna is supplied pre-terminated with 2 x 5m long antenna cables, each with SMA Male connector which is suitable for the majority of 3G and 4G routers.

You can purchase pre-terminated antenna extension cables if you need a longer cable run – but please note that a longer cable run will reduce the effectiveness of the antenna because you will get signal loss along the length of the antenna cable.  The better your mobile phone signal at the antenna location, the longer you can have your extension cable.

An alternative to a long antenna cable if you don’t have a great 4G signal is to install your 4G router closer to the antenna and use an Ethernet cable to connect the router to your network.  The Ethernet cable can be up to 100m long – so you can run a long Ethernet cable from the router and connect it to a network switch and then connect your wired devices via the central network switch / hub.  For WiFi you can purchase and install WiFi Access Points which will connect to your network switch.

The final thing for an effective rural 4G solution is your choice of 4G SIM Card.  The first consideration is to choose a network that give you the best performance – at the outset you can purchase a few pay as you go 4G SIM cards and test each one in your router to see which 4G SIM give the best performance in your location.  You can then examine the available contract data plans to determine how much you will have to pay for your 4G SIM Card – a typical household will use 20-30GB per month with some households using nearly double that.  If the network with the best service is the most expensive then you can trade off speed against price and maybe choose a slightly worse network that still gives you an adequate download and upload speed but provides more inclusive data per month.


Rural 4G

Many rural communities are getting fed up with the lack of high speed broadband services and no longer want to put up with slow broadband because they are too far away from the BT exchange, Many of these rural Internet customers are switching to 4G services because they can triple or quadruple their internet speed … Read More

BT Launches £5 4G Sim Only Deal

As expected BT has re-entered the mobile market this week, launching what it describes as the UK’s best value 4G mobile plan for its broadband customers. The 4G sim only ‘bring your own phone’ plans combine 4G on the EE network with unlimited access to more than 5 million BT WiFi hotspots. The best value … Read More

Proroute GEM420 4G Router

If you need a high speed 4G mobile broadband connection for business or M2M application then there is no better place to put your 4G SIM card than into the Proroute GEM420 4G Router. This new embedded 4G router provides a reliable multi-functional 4G connectivity solution and is ideal for providing 4G Internet for the … Read More

Giffgaff Launches Low Cost 4G

Budget mobile network provider GiffGaff has today launched its new 4G service, with prices starting from just £12 a month and contracts that can be cancelled or amended at any time. GiffGaff has already trialled 4G among selected users, but this is the first time it will be available to all. GiffGaff offers rolling monthly … Read More

Vodafone Increasing 4G Coverage in the South

Vodafone has announced that it will be expanding its 4G network to provide greater coverage in the south of England this summer. This is part of a £1 billion investment in the Vodafone network, and a general expansion of 4G availability across the UK. Vodafone is planning to launch 4G in five of the biggest … Read More

Vodafone Offers £16 4G Sim-Only Plan

For the next month Vodafone is offering its cheapest ever Red 4G sim-only plan, giving customers the opportunity to experience everything that 4G has to offer for just £16 per month. The offer is available until 30th June and includes unlimited UK minutes, unlimited UK texts, and 1GB of 4G data for one year at … Read More

Microsoft Announces Release Date for Surface 2 with 4G

Microsoft has announced that its newest tablet, the Surface 2 will be available with 4G high-speed mobile connectivity from 8th May 2014. The 4G tablet can already be pre-ordered from the Microsoft online store. The Surface 2 4G is priced at £539, £100 more than the wi-fi only version of the Surface 2, which was … Read More

Three Launches 4G MIFI and Dongle

As its 4G rollout picks up pace, Three has announced the launch of two new mobile broadband devices; the Huawei e5372 MIFI and the ZTE MF823 Dongle, which are both 4G ready and compatible with Three’s Feel At Home service. Huawei e5372 MIFI Create your own 4G hotspot on the go with the Huawei e5372 … Read More

Vodafone’s 4G Customers Use Double Data

Last week Vodafone celebrated the six month anniversary of its 4G launch by announcing that it already had an impressive 500,000 customers on 4G. The provider also gave an insight into the benefits their customers are getting from ultrafast mobile internet, suggesting that on average their 4G customers use twice as much data as their … Read More

Choosing 4G Sim-Only Contracts

For many people taking out a new phone contract means signing up to two years with one network provider, with a deal that includes a handset as well as mobile services. However, that is far from the only option, and sim-only deals are becoming increasingly popular. All 4G network providers offer sim-only deals, usually with … Read More