Vodafone has added the Huawei LTE Cube to it’s mobile broadband range, and boy oh boy is it a cutie.
The LTE Cube stands 11cm tall, is covered in glossy white plastic and wouldn’t look out of place in any modern living room. It looks like a giant iPhone power adapter, if you use your imagination.
The Cube gives off a neon blue light from the top of the unit, meaning it could double as a night light for dark-tortured kiddies in a pinch. Thankfully the glowing beacon can be switched off without turning the whole modem off.
Remarkably, it is capable of connecting 32 devices to the internet simultaneously — four-times as many devices as most mobile broadband WiFi modems. It is 4G LTE-ready, as you’d expect from Vodafone, and it shares its data over the 802.11n WiFi protocol.
Setting up the Cube is a pleasantly easy experience, in that there is no setup up to speak of. There's no desktop client to download and install; you just plug the Cube in and look for it in your available WiFi connections. Advanced users can tinker about with settings through a browser window, if necessary.
Vodafone is charging $159 for the WiFi Cube, or spreading the cost out over the life of a mobile broadband contract. $5 per month will get you the WiFi Cube on a $20 plan over 24-months, or its comes free on two-year plans of $65 or more.