Emtel releases MIFI: Share Internet Access On The Go


Emtel has released their new product, which they call the Emtel MIFI – Mobile Wifi. You purchase the Huawei E5 modem which is a Wireless Access Point (AP) and pocket router that accepts a SIM card, and you get to share mobile Internet with up to 5 WIFI-compatible devices at the same time.

Here’s a quick post about its features, and what I think about the device and the service. Here’s the full advert that also appeared in newspapers:

Is it me, or do the 1st 3 people have really long arms?

The specs for the modem are:

  • The modem is pocket-sized so you get to share WIFI access on the go. Teams who need Internet on the go will benefit from this. It’s easy to deploy a small wireless network with Internet access with this device.
  • The speed: You get up to 7.2 Mbps downloads and 5.7 Mbps upload. It’s good speed, but remember you’ll be using a wireless network. Speed may vary greatly according to various factors: regions, weather, etc…
  • 2 Power modes: Via USB or via Battery. The battery mode is good for say, devices that don’t have a USB port to charge from. Range will be affected, with a theoretical maximum 0f approximately 100 metres with USB and 20 metres with battery.
  • A “password protected” WIFI network, which Emtel says is secure, but I’d not bet on that for highly secure transactions.
  • It includes a MicroSD slot supporting up to 32GB cards. Storing files on the card allows devices connected to the AP to access the files.
  • You can configure the AP via a web browser, just like a regular home router.
  • You can also use this device to send SMS from a connected computer if you wish.

That was about the device. Let’s see about the packages:

There are 2 packages and prices don’t include VAT:

  1. Emtel Prepaid Web offers:
    • 500MB is Rs. 360
    • 1GB is Rs. 480.

    You have to use your quota in 30 days from the day you activate the package.

    The AP will cost Rs. 4999 VAT inc.

    Excess usage is priced at Rs. 0.003 / KB.

  2. Emtel Postpaid Web offers:
    • 1GB is Rs. 399
    • 2GB is Rs. 749
    • 5GB is Rs. 1499
    • 10GB is Rs. 2499
  3. Monthly tariffs are as follows:

    Excess usage is priced at Rs. 0.0022 / KB.

    The AP will cost Rs. 4499 VAT inc.

Considering the prices, the Emtel MIFI service is definitely not made for people wishing to download things on the go, unless you’re willing to pay for the higher-end packages of 5GB and 10GB. For example, an excess of 1GB will cost you almost Rs. 3000 for the prepaid package. Businesses will likely be able to afford the cost and even then, they may not need to pay for expensive packages if their officers will only be checking their mails or accessing company websites.

If only there usages were higher, like say, 50GB for a fair price of around Rs. 1500 / month, and the AP priced at Rs. 2000 or so (or leased for a monthly fee), the Emtel MIFI would have been a really serious rival for the MyT packages due to its faster speed and portability. Too bad it’s not like that.

Overall the Emtel MIFI product is good for people, mainly business-people and business-teams needing Internet access on the go to check mails, news and such. It is not a good substitute for a full-time home connection considering the low usage limit and high excess prices, unless your daily usage is very business-like: No Youtube, no music, no gaming, just browsing a few sites, emails etc..

There are a some security concerns for system administrators with respect to this service. They will need to be weary about users sneaking that device in their offices to access disallowed sites (Facebook?) and possibly allowing people from the Internet behind their firewalls. Oh the headache…

Finally, if you want a review of the Huawei E5 modem, check this site.

That’s it for this (short) post on the Emtel MIFI. What do you think of the product? Let’s hear it in the comments section.

  • As usual, Emtel is innovative but investing in a 5k modem will be the negative point in this package. We can’t say that Emtel was successful with its previous modem, which costed a hell lot too. As you said, these packages are not meant for heavy downloaders. I think that Emtel targets low bandwidth consumers like businessmen and also those who do not have a landline yet.

    Instead of selling the modem, renting it might make this package more famous and interesting, especially for those who need a modem during a short period of time. They are so many : holiday makers, temporarily move of office premises, working at client, moved to new house, etc.

    Thanks for this post, I did not see it yet anywhere in the newspapers etc… Cheers.

  • It’s just a mobile wifi hotspot, nothing new. Can be bought at half the price on eBay. 😉

  • InF

    @Yashvin: Indeed renting the modem would have made the package interesting. Tourists might rent it from their hotel for the duration of their stay for e.g.

    @Carrot: What do you think about the packages?

  • These packages have been around since December. Can be used with the existing HSDPA usb modem or with any mobile phone with HSDPA (prepaid or postpaid sim cards).

    Friend of mine used my dongle while he was waiting for a landline. Very fast – you get your 3Mbps. But the 1GB runs out faster than you’d expect.

    Good for peeps with laptops.

  • Actually that Emtel mifi launched at around end of Dec. Guess it didn’t catch on.


  • freddie

    I have a UK version of this MiFi which is unlocked.

    I am visiting Mauritius soon on vacation. Can I buy a prepaid sim in a local shop, say the 1gb for 480Mur and get surfing?

    Or do I need to go to a Emtel shop? If there a shop in the airport?

    Thanks, Freddie

  • InF

    Freddie, I haven’t tested the MIFI device myself.

    A fellow blogger, CarrotMadMan6, believes that you can stick any SIM card in it and it should work, considering it’s just a modem.

    You can buy a prepaid card and surf, yes. SIM cards are available at various shops, but your safest bet is an Emtel outlet. I don’t know about Airport, but there are outlets at Ebene, Port Louis, Rose Hill and in the other major towns.

  • Nick

    I don’t understand the big hype around this device. Been there, done that. It would’ve done better to be free on postpaids.

    Anyway get an Android phone and an Emtel sim (Orange Data sucks bad) and enjoy Wifi tether with a lot more than 5 people. Not that it matters with our poor 3.5g

  • InF

    Android’s Wifi Tether functionalities can surely replace those. And with some tinkering, you might even be able to access file-sharing.

    At the price it’s offered, I doubt the MIFI device itself is competitive. That, and the absence of “unlimited” data plans.

  • Hi,

    obviously it didn’t went off as expected even though Emtel continues to advertise their MIFI devices.

    Based on their latest brochure of December I picked up the idea and put it into a decent idea about to assemble your own In-Car WiFi.

    I put an article on my blog about that:

    Cheers, JoKi