Huawei E173 vs Alcatel X220 Data Card. Expert a...

Huawei E173 vs Alcatel X220 Data Card. Expert advice needed.

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Hello Friends,

Can someone please explain which among Huawei E173 and Alcatel X220 Data card is better.

Both have the same configuration. (HSDPA Max 7.2 Mbps)


I want to buy from the following links:

Huawei E173
http://cgi.ebay.in/3G-USB-MODEM-DATA-CARD-HUAWE
Would be getting for Rs 1500

Alcatel X220
http://www.tradus.in/alcatel-x220s-dat…rd
Would be getting for Rs 1535


Actually I am also a bit confused about this “METADOH” printed on Huawei card. Is it some service provider like airtel/reliance etc that we have here in India?

Whatever it is, it surely makes the beautiful device look ugly.

Actual pics: http://www.google.co.in/search?q=Huawei+E173&hl…


Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks a lot!

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for me both seems to be same…..as both brands are chinese make and just marketed in India……

coming to the specs i was not able to check ebay link as I can’t open it here…..

the Alcatel X220 – Specs never says it is a 3g supported Modem….. See below
GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHzMax Downlink speed up to 7.2MpbsMax Uplink speed up to 5.76Mpbs
UMTS up to 384kbps DL & ULEdge up to 237Kbps Download, up to 118Kbps UploadGPRS up to 85.6Kbps Download, up to 42.8Kbps UploadUSB 2.0 High Speed

1st line which shows speeds of 7.2Mbps/5.76Mbps is supported by GSM/GPRS/EDGE, where in India we dont have that facility provided by these technologies……
2nd line which says UMTS is a 3g technology but it shows only supports speeds up to 384kbps…….
EDGE is completly ruled out in India…….

My advice is to buy with any service specific provider so that you get freebies(data) and then try to check the unlock procedure for the same…..

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Thanks a lot brother for the detailed explanation on Alcatel X220. I really appreciate the help.

One more thing I would like to add that on finding out detailed specs on google, both devices support:
- HSDPA data transfer speed up to 7.2Mbps
- HSUPA date transfer speed up to 5.6Mbps.

Now HSDPA is also enhanced 3G i.e. 3.5G.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki…PA
High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) is an enhanced 3G (third generation) mobile telephony communications protocol in the High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) family, also dubbed 3.5G, 3G+ or turbo 3G, which allows networks based on Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) to have higher data transfer speeds and capacity. Current HSDPA deployments support down-link speeds of 1.8, 3.6, 7.2 and 14.0 Megabit/s.

Same for HSUPA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki…PA


So is this 3.5G facility provided by Indian operators?

Also most of the packages provided by service providers contains 3.6 Mbps HSDPA device. So any advice on this as well?

Lastly, coming back to specs, one difference I could find was Alcatel can support upto 16GB micro sd card too while Huawei’s max limit is 4 GB but I don’t think that is a major drawback.


PS: I could find only alcatel website for authentic details. Referred to online forums for huawei.
Alcatel website: http://www.alcatel-mobilephones.com/global/glob…
Huawei website: Pls help.

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I bought Huawei E173 :)

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the price of alcatel is 1800 something on tradus,so did you managed to get at 1535 only :o ..and better to look the specification on the official website instead of relying on these retails shops whether online or offline..yea,this alcatel is 3G enabled as it also works on 2100 mhz spectrum which is used for 3G services only.and i dont trust on ebay as i feel there are many fake sellers so i prefer to buy from other portals like www.letsb…om which is giving this at 1700-1800 on applying coupon code < rcomlb1 > but you may also use another coupon which would give you discount of 500 on 2500 purchase,,but to avail that you need to buy another item for 500 rs so that total cost comes out to be 2500 and you would have to pay on 2000 only..

like i opted an 8gb pendrive and this device and total cost was 2030 rs only..so the cost of this came to 1600 only..and the products are sealed pack by manufacturer..

recentyl i got a phone as well a memory card and they were sealed pack and sort of tempering was there..

by the way,how is this device and you are using it with which network ? what is the bandwidth you are getting ?? and how did you manged to bargain it to 1500 from tradus ?

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Hi tusharsethi

Welcome to Desidime!

Thanks a lot for the info bro. I have bought the device yesterday only so yet to receive it. Will surely let you know the speed. Actually the limiting factor for speed would also be the plan that I would choose. Still a high speed device is better to go for, it helps in the long run.

Regarding your question for pricing, this was low for me because I had a discount coupon for both eBay and Tradus.

Also, I agree to your thought of purchasing from reliable online stores. However, I would say that I consider eBay in one of the most reliable shopping site. I would point it out that I am receiving an original device from eBay with 1 year manufacturer’s warranty only. I would also add at this point that each original equipment bears a unique serial number and it can be cross checked with the manufacturer in case of any doubt.

Thanks again for the help :)

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so did you got the courier.how is the quality of product.and yeah,I just got that Alcatel x220s from tradus at 1229 only :) .i found a coupon of 500 of on 1700 from tradus so final price is 1229 :) .this is my first experience with tradus,lets see how it goes :)

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Yes tushar smart moves :)

In fact I had the same option as well (like you said 500 off) but I preferred Huawei over Alcatel.
1229 is an excellent price so those who want can opt for it.

Bro, the effective price for mine turned out to be 1400 (saved 100 more on shipping, another reason why i had no second thought on choosing huawei).

I would be able to comment on the speed a little late only (yet to receive the product), hope you wont mind :)

Regarding Tradus, stay assured, you will have a pleasant experience only. They are reliable.

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buddy,i am still waiting :)

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You may go ahead bro. Sharing is Caring smile

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went through it smile ..but my data card is still lying in drawer biggrin since the initial few test biggrin .. having airtel bb and no lappy so its lying there for no reason sad

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Thats sad bhai sad … but i’m sure it wont lie there for long wink