Axxess Sim only Telkom LTE starting at R99 pm

m0zy

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Hi all
Looking at dropping my ADSL line and going to this Axxess 60+60 setup.
Router probably Huawei B525-65a or B618-65d from huaweistore.co.za (both R1,999)
Which is better and will these be ok on the Telkom network.

Hi bmcd

The Huawei B618 is the best option!
 

bmcd

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Sorry to be a pain, but i'm rather new at this LTE stuff.

I sent a query to the Axxess guys

I am an existing ADSL client and looking at changing to your Telkom fixed LTE offer.
You have a Huawei B618 router for sale at R2,500.
Having spoken to your support dept, the model appears to be B618-22d which
does not suport LTE band 40. This band is used by Telkom for LTE-A and is
supported on the Huawei B618-65d

I find it hard to accept that you guys are selling the incorrect router, so
could someone please check on this.


and got a reply as follows

we have Telkom Fixed LTE not LTE-A, the routers we sell support all our mobile services that we offer

Is this a reasonable reply, or should they support band 40
 

Dan C

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Sorry to be a pain, but i'm rather new at this LTE stuff.

I sent a query to the Axxess guys

I am an existing ADSL client and looking at changing to your Telkom fixed LTE offer.
You have a Huawei B618 router for sale at R2,500.
Having spoken to your support dept, the model appears to be B618-22d which
does not suport LTE band 40. This band is used by Telkom for LTE-A and is
supported on the Huawei B618-65d

I find it hard to accept that you guys are selling the incorrect router, so
could someone please check on this.


and got a reply as follows

we have Telkom Fixed LTE not LTE-A, the routers we sell support all our mobile services that we offer

Is this a reasonable reply, or should they support band 40
Tekom will work on 1800 frequency using the 22d router, but it's not ideal.
 

Azg

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Tekom will work on 1800 frequency using the 22d router, but it's not ideal.
Do you know which shop sells the Huawei B618-65d? Takealot also seems to have the 22d.
 

StefanB7

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The deals are a few Rands more expensive if you buy them on Telkom Smartbroadband prepaid. If you have your own router, it seems like a better option as you don't have to deal with monthly accounts and give notice if you want to cancel.
 

Ivan Leon

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The Huawei B525 is the slower LTE Cat.6 model - it has a max LTE-A speed of 300 Mbps DL / 50 Mbps UL, whilst the Huawei B618 is a faster LTE Cat.9/ Cat.11 model & has a max LTE-A speed of 600 Mbps DL / 50 Mbps UL. Both can connect a max of 64 wireless devices.

Also the B525 only has 2 x 2 MIMO whilst the B618 has 4 X 4 MIMO (multiple-input and multiple-output) transmitting & receiving antennas.

From the specs, we can see the Huawei B618 4G Router is more advanced for high-level LTE network. With more advanced technologies, Huawei B618 could support faster download speed and upload speed, which is almost double of that of Huawei B525.

A full detailed comparison of the two units can be found here:

 
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Dan C

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Do you know which shop sells the Huawei B618-65d? Takealot also seems to have the 22d.
Unfortunately no idea. I think Telkom used to sell them, but they have now changed to the B525.
 

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The B525 (available at Telkom stores) may be a basic router, but it supports band 40 (2300), is capable of LTE-Advanced and supports 5Ghz wifi. It might be worth comparing the specs to see if the B618 offers any other must have features before spending the cash. In my opinion the only major differences are the higher lte specification and built-in voip client which is disabled on the B525.

Keep in mind that Rain just started rolling out 5G technology, so it is probably in the pipeline for the other mobile operators. Neither of these two routers support 5G and you may want a newer router in 12-18 months time.

Have you considered buying it second hand on Gumtree?
 

Ivan Leon

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According to the link I posted above earlier, the B618s-65d supports 4G-LTE Bands 1/3/5/7/8/28/40 and the B525s-65a: supports 4G-LTE Bands 1/3/4/5/7/8/20/19/26/28/32/38/40/41.

Both also support 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band 2.4GHz & 5GHz Wi-Fi.
 

bmcd

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huaweistore.co.za claims to sell both variants of the B525 and B618 for R1,999 including countrywide shipping. Not sure how to select a particular model as the checkout just shows the generic name. I will phone them again on Monday to clear this.
 

cavedog

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Well here is a comparison of the B618s-65d and the B525s-65a. Both routers are connected via ethernet. Both forced to Band 40. Both showing 4G+. Both connected to the same tower. Both using the unrestricted apn. Both using the same simcard just swapped the sim when doing to the tests. Both speedtests done to exact same server and location. 5 x speedtest done right after each other and I picked the best one of each. The B618 always scored over 100Mbps and the B525 just under 100Mbps


Huawei B618s-65d:

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Huawei B525s-65a:

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StefanB7

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More than just a few rands:
View attachment 718324

They have changed their prices recently.
5GB + 5GB - R99
10GB + 10GB - R149
20GB + 20GB - R249
40GB + 40GB - R359
60GB + 60GB - R459
80GB + 80GB - R559
120GB + 120GB - R759
220GB + 220GB - R1059

That's the prices I get through the USSD menu.
Don't know why they haven't updated their website, that said they're Telkom, things there happen slowly.
 

johnjm

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They have changed their prices recently.
5GB + 5GB - R99
10GB + 10GB - R149
20GB + 20GB - R249
40GB + 40GB - R359
60GB + 60GB - R459
80GB + 80GB - R559
120GB + 120GB - R759
220GB + 220GB - R1059

That's the prices I get through the USSD menu.
Don't know why they haven't updated their website, that said they're Telkom, things there happen slowly.
The prices change if the router is included.
 

StefanB7

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The prices change if the router is included.
Hi johnjm.
This was regarding a previous post about Telkom Smartbroadband Prepaid, which is priced similarly.

Of course you'll have to have your own router then.
 

johnjm

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Hi johnjm.
This was regarding a previous post about Telkom Smartbroadband Prepaid, which is priced similarly.

Of course you'll have to have your own router then.
Yeah still trying to find a 618 65
 

Ernest Himself

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I applied for a new Telkom LTE service trough Axxess, and received my simcard last week.
Not been able to test anything yet, because "simcard not provisioned" message comes up.
I called Axxess to check why. They say that there is a problem with "something" and their guys are working on fixing it by tomorrow.
Just fyi, incase anyone else is stuck with the same issue.
 

Chris333

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I applied for a new Telkom LTE service trough Axxess, and received my simcard last week.
Not been able to test anything yet, because "simcard not provisioned" message comes up.
I called Axxess to check why. They say that there is a problem with "something" and their guys are working on fixing it by tomorrow.
Just fyi, incase anyone else is stuck with the same issue.
I only got my sim yesterday but yes, same issue and a generic reply from support... not a great start considering my previous data plan was cancelled and its now the new month...
 
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