Vodafone has released a new cheap 4G LTE USB dongle. It is currently available in U.K., Australia, and Germany. It is listed on the company website as Vodafone Connect USB speed 6. It is basically Huawei make, but no idea about exact model.
Specs of Vodafone K5160?
- Type: LTE cat4 USB stick
- Colors: White
- Weight: <35 gms
- Dimensions: 88 x 28 x 11.5mm
- Processor: Hilisicon Balong 711M
- ROM: 256 MB Flash
- RAM: 128MB RAM
- Upload speed:LTE: 50 Mbps
HSPA+ : 5.76Mbps
EDGE/GPRS Class 33Download speed:LTE CAT4: 150 Mbps
HSPA+ : DL 42Mbps
EDGE/GPRS Class 33
- Storage: MicroSD card, class 10; up to 32GB
- LED Indicator
- Operating Frequency bands:LTE: Penta-band 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2600
UMTS: Dual-band 900, 2100
GSM: Quad-band 850, 900, 1800, 1900
How to Unlock Vodafone K5160 (Huawei) data-card?
- Connect Vodafone Huawei K5160 to Windows PC.
2. Let it install the drivers and software, which is required to run the modem.
3. Now, eject default SIM and put any another network SIM.
4. Connect again to PC.
5. It should redirect you to the unlocking page.
6. Enter here correct 8 digit unlock / NCK / SIMLock code.
7. Click ‘OK’.
Now the device is permanently unlocked.
How to get unlock / SIMLock code of Vodafone K5160 (Huawei) Modem?
First, download the required files which will be used in the flashing of the device:
- Download Firmware Huawei K5160 Update 21.180.99.02.00 (Vodafone Universal)
- Download Firmware Huawei K5160 21.313.21.00.11 (Vodafone Universal)
- Huawei Mobile Partner
- DC Unlocker software
Now process with the following steps:
- Connect K5160 to PC with USB cable.
2. Disconnect the internet.
3. Close the WebUI / dashboard.
4. Install Huawei Mobile Partner in PC.
5. Run the firmware version 21.180.99.02.00.
6. It will ask you password/firmware code.
Note: Comment below with model and IMEI to get the firmware code.
7. Click Next and wait till finish.
8. Once the firmware update is finished, your modem will be rebooted.
Note: Dongle may be unstable at this stage.
9. Now run the DC unlocker.
10. Detect the K5160 under it.
11. Go to the end of the result.
12. Copy and paste the following command “AT^NVRDEX=50503,0,128” (without quotes) and press enter from the keyboard.
13. Copy the whole results from DC unlocker and save in a notepad file. Hash code will be converted into unlocking / SIMLock code and after receiving the payment it will be emailed back to you.
Note: Unlock code charge is only 6 USD. While paying please mention model and IMEI in transaction or email with details. Unlock code will be delivered within 8 hrs.
14. Soon after getting the unlock code, update the device with 21.313.21.00.11.
15. Now change the SIM with any another operator.
16. It will redirect you to the unlocking page.
17. Enter the correct unlock / SIMLock which I have sent you.
18. Once it accepts the code, create the new profile, according to the new SIM.
Note: I have personally not checked this procedure.
Update: Vodafone Portugal is offering this dongle and calls it Vodafone Pen 4G (K5160). If you don’t want to process above-mentioned long procedure, then you can pay at here. Currently it is only supported for Vodafone Portugal, not any another network or country locked device.