Unlocked Modem is a big crap..don’t waste your time

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Safaricom modem

Safaricom modem

After buying Safaricom modem sometime back and using it for sometime , i got tired with their high prices. So took it upon myself to go on a personal journey to get better affordable alternative.? That is when a friend of mine hinted to me that i don’t need to buy another modem. There was a greater? option, which? was to get my modem unlocked. According to him once i had Unlocked my Modem, then i would be able? to use different Sim cards from different networks (i.e Zain,Yu, Safaricom and Orange) in Kenya. Easy, i went to Facebook and joined Unlock modem group and in the process met this one very friendly guy, who helped me to calculate unlock codes? in a matter of seconds.

The following instructions were also easily available:

How to enter the code…
insert a different simcard from another operator, the modem software will prompt for an 8 digit code.
insert it then press o.k. open modem program e.g safaricom broadband, mobile partner, zain e-go, etc.
Click on Tools>Options>Profile management…new(on top right) Then enter these settings:
1. profile: safaricom
click static
APN: safaricom
Access no.: *99#
Username: saf
pass: data
click ‘save’

1. profile: Zain
click static
APN: ke.celtel.com
Access no.: *99#
Username: leave blank
pass: leave blank
click ‘save’

1. profile: YU
click static
APN: internet
Access no.: *99#
Username: leave blank
pass: leave blank
click ‘save’

1. profile: Orange
click static
APN: bew.orange.co.ke
Access no.: *99***1#
Username: leave blank
pass: leave blank
click ‘save’
‘OK’

After that process, i was over the top . Being armed with the most diverse modem ever, I was finally in a position to play games with Safaricom, Zain, Yu and Orange. Take advantage of? any cheaper option available at any particular time.

Zain Modem

Zain Modem

Well my joy did not last for long, i started with Zain line, the modem true to the promise accepted the line and recognized it immediately. But that was it, the thing was damn slow, took like 10 minute to open one page in Firefox browser. Don’t even talk about snails..they are faster than unlocked modems.

Next stop was orange, and it was the same story, even the dark days before the arrival of Fiber optic cables? were much better than what the unlocked modems are cable of . At the end i was forced to go back to the damn Safaricom

Orange

Orange

I don’t know if it is just me, but I would not advice anybody to waste his/her time unlocking their modems. Just go to the shop and buy a new modem. Because unlocking would not? help and if someone out there think otherwise please tell us or do i say speak now or forever hold your piece

What is your opinion on the topic?
Kennedy Kachwanya
Lead Blogger at Kachwanya.com
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Kennedy Kachwanya is a technology blogger interested in mobile phones both smart and dumb, mobile apps, mobile money, social media, startups ecosystem and digital Savannah. New media must not forget the strength of old tech.
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