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Three adds Huawei budget MiFi portable hotspot for mobile broadband sharing

Three is opening up its MiFi portable wireless hotspot to less well-heeled users with a budget device from Huawei.

The Huawei E5331 Value MiFi is the world’s slimmest portable WiFi hotspot, measuring 55 x 45 x 23mm.

Huawei E5331 MiFi side

It can still connect up to five devices for wireless broadband over Three’s network at up to 21.6Mbps HSPA+ download speeds and up to 5.76Mbps HSUPA uploads.

Battery life is said to be up to 4.5 hours and it can connect to devices using a single button-press (slightly-insecure WPA2 security, we assume).

The older Huawei E586’s large OLED screen has been swapped for a simple row of LED indicators for signal strength, battery power and message alerts.

Huawei E5331 MiFi front

Mark Brewer, head of mobile broadband at Three said: “As the market leader in mobile broadband it’s great to be able to bolster our range with yet another high speed mobile Wi-Fi device.

“The Value MiFi offers fast browsing and a seamless streaming experience, all on Three’s award winning mobile broadband network.”

A launch date and pricing will be announced in due course, but will the E586 stay on as a premium model?