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Old 09-26-2012, 08:22 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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I am about to switch to a 4G service for home Internet use and have to choose between two USB devices from Huawei and ZTE. Their specifications and prices are identical. I know Huawei, but I am not familiar with ZTE. Is it a reliable brand?
The specific models are ZTE MF820D and Huawei E392.

Unfortunately, according to Wiki both companies are involved in unfair trade practices etc. So I have to pick the lesser evil
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Are you in the US? I don't quite understand.
I assume not because getting a USB Hotspot device from VZW/ATT/Sprint, you wouldn't be choosing between devices.
As for the reliability of either of those companies... um... I couldn't choose between them. In the states, both of those companies sell cheap and not well built products. I know Huawei is trying to change that but so far, not so much...
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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No, I am not in the US.

I have been using a Huawei 3G device for the past 2 years, it never failed or anything, so I can't confirm that it is cheap stuff. But I have never used anything from ZTE so far...

Many times one simply does not have an alternative, even if those two companies made cheap stuff. As long as those network providers use that stuff, we will have to live with it, or without 4G I mean, Huawei for instance is a rather huge, dominant company in the network world, they also manufacture equipment for other companies.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Neuling, I'm not familiar with either brand as I live in America, but my rule of thumb has always been that if two products are identical in components and price, then it's always best to stick with what you know! So, I would probably just stick with Huawei.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:30 AM
 
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Hehe
China's Huawei, ZTE should be banned: draft House panel report | Reuters
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:21 AM
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Location: Ohio
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If you read the article and have the least bit of concern about the tech industry or information security, there's nothing funny about it.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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If you read the article and have the least bit of concern about the tech industry or information security, there's nothing funny about it.
I don't think the issue is funny, only that both companies share that fate shortly after I opened this thread.
But I don't really believe that there is something to those allegations, anyway. There is another thread on this...
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:52 PM
 
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Interesting read on these manufacturers........

Only buy Huawei or ZTE if you like being SPIED ON - US politicos

Only buy Huawei or ZTE if you like being SPIED ON - US politicos ? The Register
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:43 AM
 
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And some more reading
US investigators will call for ban on Huawei, ZTE over spying concerns | Naked Security
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:52 AM
 
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Interestingly, Huawei used to have a joint venture with Symantec (the Norton security guys)
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