Help & Support

Posts: 1,356
Kudos: 373
Best Answers: 19
Registered: ‎26-07-2010
Best Answer

Unlocking a 'Mifi' device

I was wondering, since the data-only goodybags will allow tethering. Is it possible to unlock a 'Mifi' device? The Mifi device is a wireless dongle that can turn the 3g (and, I assume, 2g) signal from a mobile network into Wifi for upto 5 devices.

I have been googling it, but I only found results for older firmware/software, so the unlock process won't work.

Does anybody know if their is a method out their that works, or if it is illegal etc? I would be willing to buy a Mifi (Huawei E585) if it could be used on giffgaff, with the data only goodybags.

Sorry if this is the wrong section :/

Get a free giffgaff Sim
Posts: 3,415
Topics: 169
Kudos: 442
Registered: ‎13-02-2011

Re: Unlocking a 'Mifi' device

Not sure, but maybe it's possible to buy an unlocked dongle? Just a thought.
Get a free giffgaff SimPossumGet a free giffgaff Sim
Posts: 2,488
Registered: ‎16-04-2011

Re: Unlocking a 'Mifi' device

If the worst comes to the worst I believe Three unlock it themselves for £15
Media MonstrosityMedia MonstrosityOrder a SIM from MeIf Somebody HelpedAbout MeSilicox Valley
Posts: 4,671
Kudos: 432
Best Answers: 121
Registered: ‎10-03-2010

Re: Unlocking a 'Mifi' device

wouldnt it be same as tethering? Just set up your phone and connect to that as a router.
Posts: 379
Registered: ‎02-03-2011

Re: Unlocking a 'Mifi' device

 First of all, it is not illegal to unlock a phone or a Mifi devise; IMHO they should never be locked in the first place.


I brought a U585 on EBay a couple of months ago that is unlocked and cost £58. The device works a treat on all networks but hasten to add I do not use it on GG because I have a 1 year expiry PAYG Data sim with 3.


The prices for the locked and unlock version vary from day to day from what I paid £58 up to £80 so you have to check the prices on a regular basis.


A little bird told me recently (bearing in mind the U585 will be locked) that you can pick up a Mifi on 3 on a 1 month rolling contract  for about 30 odd quid. As soon as you use it ring 3 and cancel the contract and your left with a cheap Mifi unit but you will need to pay to get it unlocked.



Get a free Giffgaff Sim
Posts: 23,229
Topics: 251
Kudos: 1,471
Best Answers: 292
Registered: ‎12-11-2010

Re: Unlocking a 'Mifi' device

unlock codes for this item on ebay
Get a free giffgaff Sim
Posts: 563
Registered: ‎15-03-2011

Re: Unlocking a 'Mifi' device

You might want to wait and see if the T&Cs are revised when they release the data-only goodybag as I doubt they'd be happy about people then using them to share data access with up to 5 devices simultaneously.

Posts: 1,356
Kudos: 373
Best Answers: 19
Registered: ‎26-07-2010

Re: Unlocking a 'Mifi' device

@soldiers33, but the data only goodybags would allow tethering


@serverian, that's a good point :smileyhappy: we're all I'm waiting for the data only goodybag anyway, so I'll just read the T&Cs when it's released! :smileyvery-happy: Thing is, how could they tell that it's more than one device? Surely it would just be using more data? I mean, I know that if the connection is unencrypted they can see where the traffic is going (might still be able to see it, when it's encrypted) but, I dunno.

I don't think they would be able to tell, but then again - I'm no expert! :smileytongue:

Get a free giffgaff Sim
Posts: 25,401
Topics: 289
Kudos: 1,819
Best Answers: 389
Registered: ‎27-11-2009

Re: Unlocking a 'Mifi' device

[ Edited ]
mifis only good for one or two items thru wifi and they are password protected.
Get a free giffgaff Sim
Posts: 1,373
Topics: 47
Kudos: 244
Best Answers: 25
Registered: ‎12-05-2011

Re: Unlocking a 'Mifi' device

Two places to look:


If dc-unlocker support the device, you can Google for for a hacked version of the software which needs no credits.


I unlocked my 3 dongle (ZTE MF112) the other day (for free!)