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||Standard Micro USB
|WIFI maximum simultaneously
|SIM card slots
(Support band for external SIM card)
LTE FDD:Band 1/2/3/4/5/8/9/17/19/20
GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
All network version：
LTE FDD:Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/9/17/19/20
LTE TDD:Band 38/39/40/41
CDMA/EVDO： BC0 BC1
GSM: 1900/1800/900/850 MHz
The battery may be smaller than the G3, but at 13 hours you have nothing to worry about. Portability is a massive plus with the U2.
In our tests, both the devices happily delivered their promised battery lives.
The real test is all about the service you get out of the device. GlocalMe have very kindly sent me both the U2 and G3 devices to test.
My tests consisted of trying the device out in the UK and Germany. However, my tests in the UK happened in areas that are notoriously bad for service. For my tests, I compared the data speeds I got on my own phone vs what I got when I connected using a GlocalMe device. I also carried phones with other SIMs with me to check how well they performed compared to this device.
4G allowed me to stream Netflix, check emails, etc without seeing any buffering.
3G was slower to stream, and at times didn’t allow me to stream at all. Emails, social media, etc worked fine.
Testing in Oxford, UK
Oxford has 4G connectivity. You get around 5-8 Mbps consistently, but nothing better. Using the GlocalMe device, I was around the 8Mbps mark, while my phone gave me around 6 at the exact same time. As my tests carried on, I noticed a trend that the GlocalMe device was ever so slightly faster than what I saw when I connected my phone directly.
Weirdly, you move a couple of miles outside of Oxford and it turns into a massive dead spot. My work is surrounded by farms, which probably encourages the network providers to stay away from investment. Science Park, eh! Sadly, this means that I hardly get any signal at work. The GlocalMe device was able to provide me with a consistent 3G speed in my office, which is as good as it ever gets there. The difference was the consistency of service vs what I see on my phone.
London is amazingly good, depending on where you are. Central London offers great speed. The GlocalMe and the local devices did not disappoint. High speeds were noticed for both.
Good performance for both the GlocalMe and the phones.
Cornwall is a county in the South West of the country. It is incredibly beautiful, and incredibly difficult to get to via roads. Being hilly and a bit backward in terms of facilities, it is often a hard place to get any phone signal. If there was anywhere in the country where the GlocalMe devices will prove their worth, it will be here.
After a week of travelling around Cornwall I am very happy to report that I consistently got 3G speeds. Some areas offered 4G as well. As I moved from area to area, I found my phones dip between signal and no signal. The GlocalMe device never really gave me a chance to worry about it. It worked well.
The only areas where it didn’t offer me data were deadspots that gave me no signal at all.
Germany – Berlin and surrounding areas
Germany is clearly better at providing network than the UK. The little bit of travelling I did around there clearly proved that. Both my phones as well as the GlocalMe device gave me 4G speeds.
More information on the GlocalMe service as well as the associated hardware can be found on their website.
The U2, G2 and G3 can be bought from Amazon at £119.99, £129.99 and £139.99 respectively.
For anybody who travels around the world, the GlocalMe devices are a must-have for you. The service is always as good as the network will provide, and at 5¢ a MB, you’ve got a pretty good deal!
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