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The MF900 is a solid product which is easy enough to use, helpfully boasting a smartly designed user interface. It allows for 4G surfing and provides plenty of SIM slots – you get 10 of them, with nine being usable (as one is taken up by the system SIM card). Battery longevity is impressive too, which always helps.
Only 75 countries are covered by the Uros Goodspeed, and if you want superfast speeds, the number of territories is narrowed to just 10 (mostly European countries) for 4G coverage. The data allowance provided with the device isn't very generous, either, and the pricing structure could be clearer. It would also have been nice to see a microSD slot, as they are common on mobile broadband devices these days.
It is abundantly clear that the Uros Goodspeed MF900 is best suited for organisations that regularly send small groups of employees outside Europe and need them to be connected in a secure way, probably at the same time, occasionally to their laptops, possibly on the move. Forget videoconferencing or even VoIP though.
Alternatives to the MF900 come in different shapes. Most hotels and airports now have reasonably decent Wi-Fi connections and even if these often come at exorbitant prices, they are rarely capped.
You can also get a reasonably cheap 4G mobile hotspot device and buy your own data SIMs but then you will need to worry about expiration dates, login details, foreign currencies and data allowances.
Within the EU, most UK phone networks offer roaming data bundles that can be easily managed as well, although we can't confirm whether tethering is available on all of them (it isn't on Three's feel-at-home – we've checked).
Regardless, data roaming charges will be abolished by June 2017 with reduced-rate fees introduced from April 2016 onwards.
While the cost won't necessarily be an issue for companies looking to roll out such a system, the low data allowance combined with the fact that SIM cards still need to be handled manually means that the MF900 is a product that fulfils a niche segment but not necessarily its full potential.
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