Monday, May 28, 2012

I Had My USB Modem Unlocked

Internet connection has become one of the most important parts in the life of a blogger. Most of us see to it that we are online 24/7 so that we won't be missing anything or be one of the first to know whatever's happening in the internet world. May it be a cool gadget's release date, celebrity breakups or wedding proposals, travel promos, blog contests etc. 

In the case of travel bloggers, having a wired internet connection is really not an option. We prefer having those plug-it or usb modems that we can carry anywhere we go. 

Ever since I started my online career, I only rely on my usb/plug-it modem for my internet connection. Admittedly, it's not that fast compared to the wired ones but the speed is just enough for my online needs. At first I had a postpaid one but later on I realized that it's not worth it. Though I could save few hundreds of having a postpaid modem, there are days that I couldn't connect, simply because the network doesn't have a a strong data signal in a place that I'm at especially if I'm in the provinces. 

The mentioned situation made me think that it would be best to have the prepaid one and having the modem open-line. In a certain place, there would always have this 'stronger' network provider and most likely it would be the same network provider that could give you the strong internet connection or data signal. I had my postpaid plan cut and bought a prepaid internet sim instead. And since I strongly believe that USB modems can be openlined or unlock, I spent few hours googling the process. I'm stingy type of person so paying someone to do it for me is not my way. 

After viewing some youtube tutorials and downloading a couple of softwares, ola! my usb modem is now unlocked. Of course, I bought the other networks' internet sims to try it out. It simply worked and I'm just so happy. Now I have an unlocked/openline usb modem, I can have an internet connection wherever I go. I would simply ask someone from the place that I'm at on what's the strongest network and use the internet sim accordingly. 


If you're not well versed with techy/internet terms, the process of having the usb modem unlocked is quite difficult but if you're determined enough to do it, Google is always there to help. 

For the configuration in your dashboard, here are the important data that you need to key in. (After unlocking) 


Dashboard > Tools > Options > Profile Management 


SMART 
APN: Static 
APN Name: Smartbro Access Number: *99# 


Globe 
APN: Static 
APN Name: http.globe.com.ph 
Access Number: *99***1# 


Sun Cellular 
APN: Static 
APN Name: wap 
Access Number: *99# 


Modem Used: HUAWEI HSDPA USB Stick Model: E1553 

-niceurdaneta-

99 comments:

Kitty Kitty said...

interesting post, i am also looking for a way to get around my wi-tribe subscription kase sometimes it's crappy and instead of being stressed, i am also thinking of using a modem stick, my cousin has one but it's locked with globe for a year. i wish you could tell which software you used? thanks!

Manilenya Mom

Anne lei said...

before, i am using a usb modem, most of the time, mabagal ang signal. pero my brother used to tweak my usb so i get free connection from internet.

Mar Yannie said...

Thanks for the tips.

I learned from my classmates in masteral that when you cannot connect or the connection is slow you can complain and not pay for the bill for that certain month.

Momaye said...

Nice tips, haha. What I want to learn is to cracked Wi-Fi security key, hehe. 

asdomencil said...

Nice one. Hope you can also share how to connect to secretly connect to a wifi with security code. ;-)

michi photostory said...

wow! you're so techy. like you, internet is very significant to me, i'm using broadband and postpaid usb. 

reese said...

nice info...haven't tried a usb modem
maybe i can use this in the future

Joanna Paula Sampana Briones said...

Oh my, does this really work? We have a sun broadband usb that's giving us a headache. Won't work in some places. :( I will ask my hubby to give this a try.

CorbyLove said...

it depends on what kind/model you have. some cant be unlocked. try visiting symbianize and pinoyden. you dont have to be so techy to unlock it.

Chrisair said...

I don't use usb modem for it wont work on my place anyway

aby said...

i want to try using portable wifi than usb modem, hehe

leirs said...

parang natatakot ako.. kasi baka masira ko sya.. 

Cristina Villanueva - Cruz said...

this sounds interesting

Marie Soria said...

I didn't know USB modems can also be unlocked. Good to know.

-Jellybelly

Miguel Nuay said...

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Nice Urdaneta said...

to everyone, thank you so much for dropping by... I'll be posting a separate article for the unlocking process... it's really an advantage to have an unlocked usb modem...

Gelo Basilio said...

congrats for your unlocked usb modem,

Aileen_A said...

Maybe that's what I should have done with my Globe Tattoo broadband.  Maybe I will experiment on that one, if I am up to it, just for fun.  If I mess up, no worries because I am actually now using Sun broadband  :-)

Lady said...

hey this is cool! I bought a Globe one the first time and can't get any signal at all. I just gave it away and bought a Smart one. I wish I had thought of this :/

I'll try this technique...my trips to my hometown will no longer be boring.
Thanks for this!

Vernz said...

I've been a dsl user for a decade now and never have tried buying a plugin net.. I should take of this just in case I'll score one ")

Rae said...

Ang mahal mahal naman kasi ng bagong kit.

Nice Urdaneta said...

the more that you need to have your modem unlocked right? para sim na lng... hehehe thank you for dropping by...

Nice Urdaneta said...

it's really helpful promise... hehehe thank you for dropping by...

Nice Urdaneta said...

you're welcome... just search over youtube, there are lots of videos there on how to get it done... thank you for dropping by...

Nice Urdaneta said...

oh yeah, that would be great... if your sun kit will not work then you can place you sun sim to your unlocked globe stick... ayt? hehehe

Nice Urdaneta said...

thanks gelo! hehehe

Rae said...

Yeah. Wired internet ako, I used to use a dongle kaso intermittent ang connection. Kung gusto, may paraan talaga.

Nice Urdaneta said...

yes they can be unlocked... =)

Nice Urdaneta said...

yeah definitely... thanks for dropping by

Nice Urdaneta said...

yun sakin di naman nasira... sabagay try at your own risk talaga... hahaha

Nice Urdaneta said...

kung sa portable wifi d ko pa na try wala kasi ako nun eh... hehehe

Nice Urdaneta said...

oh i see... sad to hear that...

Nice Urdaneta said...

sa symbianize ko din ata nakuha yung procedure before... ako man di din ganun ka techy... trying hard techy pa nga... hahaha

Nice Urdaneta said...

yeah! it will work... mine is unlocked, so when im in the province globe ginagamit ko kasi yun lang ang signal dun... hehhee

Nice Urdaneta said...

try mo... mas convenient siya...

Nice Urdaneta said...

naku di nga... trying hard lang... nuks! thanks for dropping by...

Nice Urdaneta said...

hahah... gusto ko rin matutunan yan para maka avail ng wifi signal sa neighbor pero parang mahirap naman... hahaha

Nice Urdaneta said...

usually the networks won't mind your complaints and you would be left with no choice but to have it cut... :(

Nice Urdaneta said...

ai parang na try ko rin yan... ultrasurf ba yan? hahaha ang dami ko ng sim na na block dahil jan... mas okay pa rin ang paid... hehehe

Nice Urdaneta said...

i'll be posting a separate article for that... just visit this blog from time to time or perhaps just subscribe to my feeds... maybe one of these ippost ko... :) 

Jhari El Oweini said...

Good for you. Mahal nga naman kung bibili pa ng bago.

Nice Urdaneta said...

onga mahal masyado...mas makakamura kung sim na lng... hehehe

Lizzie said...

Glad to know it has been unlocked. :) I'm thinking of unlocking my SmartBro so that I can use SUN. So, what's the best network? I want to know. Not quite happy with SmartBro.

jovell alingod said...

galing! If I may suggest, maybe you can make a tutorial out of this, a short video or a pdf. I'm sure there will be lots who would be interested in knowing how you did it. Count me in as one of them :)

Nice Urdaneta said...

i think it would depend on the location... there are places wherein Smart is the stronger network compared to others... as to my case, i use globe whenever im in the province (Davao Del Sur) and when I'm in the city (Davao City) i use globe... 

Nice Urdaneta said...

hi jovell, yes i would definitely post the process here... just visit this blog from time to time... 

phoebe kilat said...

Like Jovell, I'll be waiting for the tutorial. I am a bit techy challenged so a littlt help from you goes a long way. Thanks for the wonderful post :)

Pearl Cruz said...

thank you for sharing this... would appreciate a complete tutorial on this :-)
www.jejeizahfaye.com

Marose Castillo said...

Thanks sa tutorial, I didn't realize that even usb modems can be open like, just like a cellphone. :)

helena said...

ang galing naman! hahaha. i am so inspired. aren't you going to try the pocket wifi? I heard maganda rin daw e...

Nice Urdaneta said...

na post ko na po yung tutorial... kindly check it na lang... =)

Nice Urdaneta said...

maganda nga daw yun kaso lang mahal eh, like it would cost me 3k+. Pero i think convenient yun sa mga may maraming gadgets na kailangan i-connect sa internet... hehehe thanks for dropping by.. :)

Nice Urdaneta said...

please check my latest post... yun na yung step by step process kung paano ko na unlock ang aking usb modem...

Nice Urdaneta said...

jovell, na publish ko na yung step by step process na gusto mo... yey!

Elaine Chua said...

internet is a powerful tool nowadays. i am online like almost everyday. this is helpful when i got my usb modem :)

http://khyutee.wordpress.com

Dominique Goh said...

IT's great that you are now able to get a strong internet connection where ever you go . Great tutorial 

Daddy Yashiro said...

I didn't know that you can unlocked the that modem usb stick.  Hmmm you give me an idea about that. 

Yeah you are right about it that we bloggers do need to have a very reliable internet connection and since there are quite a number of communication companies we need to have at least most of them.  depending on which area is the strongest.

JessicaWCassidy said...

yay! what a smart idea to do it Sis :-) mine is wireless so I am good :-) 

http://www.kidsnpet.com/2012/05/one-of-our-koi-fish/ 

Farida said...

Thanks for this information! We have both wireless and cable at home. I agree with you though that a blogger's life is dependent on a reliable and fast internet connection :)

Kero_mavid said...

this is a good option!! I am also using a prepaid thingy on my micro sim. saves a lot of money =)

Mitch Carvalho said...

I have pre-paid Smart naman as my back up saka when I travel. Pero no idea sa mga unlock na yan haha! As long as it can connect me, no probs.

Kristen Zerna said...

one good tip you got there. it's always a good thing to bring your own usb stick than to pay the hotel for a crazy rate for internet connection!

Mona said...

I am using sun broadband for almost 2 years na so far ok naman connection nya, parang i want to try that unlock thing so if my sun's connection is poor i will other connection kaso hindi ako techie 

jhaz_rose24 said...

I own a Smartbro but for some reason I am having a hard time using it.

Christian Melanie Lee said...

I used to unlock my SmartBro and Globe Tattoo USB stick....unfortunately, I decide to not unlock them. Thanks for sharing this. 

Jonalyn Quita said...

its annoying when you cant connect to your ISP. good thing you have more options now that youve unlocked your USB modem. useful post there :)

Cintamuni said...

Someone taught me how to do this back then. But I don't think I'm gonna need it now so.

GilCamporazo said...

You've made a good and even wise decision of cutting off your plan internet connection and have it through USB modem. At least you've saved a lot of money.

kat said...

Good for you! Despite my IT background, I am not very familiar with wifi stuff. Maybe I can go back to this thread when I need one.

Nice Urdaneta said...

yeah super helpful talaga... :)

Nice Urdaneta said...

yeah super great talaga... :)

Nice Urdaneta said...

yeah pwedeng pwede siya... check mo dito 
http://nicelycaptured.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-unlock-your-usb-modem.html

Nice Urdaneta said...

yeah! and you also have an option not to connect whenever you really need do a very important 'offline' event...

Nice Urdaneta said...

may mga places kasi na GPRS lang ang kayang i-offer ng smart... super HINA nun... ahahaha

Nice Urdaneta said...

indeed! i so hate them for charging so much!

Nice Urdaneta said...

try mo na... may step by step process me here ---> 
http://nicelycaptured.blogspot.com/2012/05/how-to-unlock-your-usb-modem.html

Nice Urdaneta said...

baka walang magandang ma-ioffer na signal ang Smart kaya di mo magamit...

Nice Urdaneta said...

baka kailanganin mo one of these days... balik ka lang dito... hehehe

Nice Urdaneta said...

thank you.. :)

Nice Urdaneta said...

baka kailanganin mo one of these days... balik ka lang dito... hehehe

Nice Urdaneta said...

yeah nakakainis yung plan ko... 

madjewel said...

i remember paying 100 pesos few years ago for this

Vera said...

What do you find has the fastest and most reliable USB Internet service? I tried Sun and Globe before but always had hard time connecting and maintaining fast connections. Downloads were a pain, but browsing was okay. 

Olga said...

That's great!  I doubt I'd be able to do the unlocking thing myself though being the nontechie mom that I am.  It's a good thing we haven't had any problem with our broadband service provider.

theresa said...

I'm not super techie and I don't have a USB broadband YET.. i'mplanning to get one of this in the next few months

Marinella said...

ice. You can do it yourself. Thanks for sharing.

Green Monday said...

wow, really nice, i have no idea about this one. 

Yuuki said...

not really techie but i guess i can do this unlocking thing...thanks!

verna said...

I can relate. Haha. Ive unlocked my bro's iphone before. I dont give up easily, kaya i think its only practical for me to try muna before having someone do something for me. Aftef all, everything's online.

Taylor Gilmore said...

That's great! My computer has built in wifi so I'm able to access the internet anywhere. I love it.

Jerminix said...

This is great information, in the future everyone will have an internet connection anytime anywhere :)

Miss `Chievous said...

OOh, great info. Keep them coming.

Thess Enriquez said...

I should have one also, since I travel a lot now!

Shadz said...

Thanks sa tutorial, I'll let my more techie sister know about this. XD

Jackie Cee said...

wow i will keep this in mind. nice idea

Geca Franco said...

Great info! I'll surely take note of this. Thanks for sharing :D 

modela_15 said...

Technology is so innovative. Thanks for posting.

Nica Mandigma said...

Cool tip! I wonder if you have heard of Huawei USB modems that can be used for any network?

Jomar Lipon said...

Do you have post for Smart?