Not getting the best signal reception on your Samsung Galaxy S4? Change its modem (radio baseband version) then. Yup, Galaxy S4 modem is the one that control the performance of signal reception, data speed, stability, coverage and battery life. By selecting the suitable one, you get the best out of your Galaxy S4. Note – even though these modems are official one but it will make your Galaxy S4 as custom status due to wrong combination with the firmware and kernel.
Internet is part of our life now. Most of us cannot live without get connected. We surf Internet for information, playing games at Facebook, watching video at YouTube… Lot of interesting stuffs can be done with Internet. And 3G mobile broadband is becoming a norm now. There are 2 type of 3G mobile broadband ~ USB modem and mobile phone. Both of them have different pricing. I am going to cover 3G mobile broadband for mobile phone only now. Why? Most of the smart phones like HTC HD2 can be acted as 3G modem. There is no need to subscribe another package for home usage if you are using it alone. There are 3 main 3G mobile broadband providers in Malaysia ~ Celcom, Maxis and DiGi. Let’s see how they perform…
Factors to consider when choosing 3G mobile broadband
- Connection speed
- Usage quota
Do you experience poor 3G Internet connection speed, very fast battery drain while on 3G and poor call reception on your Samsung Galaxy Note II? Maybe your current custom ROM’s modem (radio or baseband) does not suite your telco. For most people, you don’t need to change Samsung Galaxy Note 2 modem unless you have issue with it. And which one of the best one for me? Different region have different Galaxy Note 2 modem because carrier, frequency band, topography, location and distance from cell tower are not the same. Therefore, you need to try them out one by one yourself to get the best.
How to use 3G broadband USB modem on Google Nexus 7? Yes, current Nexus 7 model does not have 3G data connection compatibility. You are stuck with Wi-Fi connection only. Well, that’s not true after all. You can actually enable 3G data connection on Nexus 7 with the help of root access, OTG cable, 3G broadband USB modem (like Huawei, ZTE) and PPP Widget. Too bad that I can’t try it myself because I only have Huawei Wi-Fi Modem E5832. So far users reported it is working on Huawei GSM / UMTS Stick and O2 Germany ZTE 3565-z UMTS Stick. Do try it out…
Personally, I don’t install custom modem on my Samsung Galaxy S III. I will stick with the modem (radio / baseband) that comes along with the firmware unless the modem is highly recommended by others. So have to install official custom modem on your Samsung Galaxy S3 manually. What is the benefit of using custom modem? Using the correct modem will give your Samsung Galaxy S3 better signal coverage, reception, speed and battery life. Choosing the correct modem take time. You need to benchmark the 3G speed, battery consumption, signal strength… Monitor its performance for days. So I don’t change modem much unless I found the one that I am using is bad.