Reviewed on Saturday December 12, 2009 by Edwin Wityshyn, Fort Saskatchewan
It's only been 3 weeks, but I have to say that I "gave it a try", and was about 70% convinced that the Rocket Stick was the way to go.
Unfortunately, this did not work out as I thought - no matter where I went in and around Edmonton, I could never get more than 1.1 (and a wee bit) Mbps download speed. I had opted to "upgrade" to the HSPA+ modem for $10 more just so that I could have this extra speed, however it seems to be vapour-ware as far as I'm concerned. I know that there are several towers nearby where I live and I've routinely had 4/5 and even 5/5 when testing in Sherwood Park, however the speeds just seemed to never get above that 1Mbps threshold.
The software installed very fast in my Acer Notebook, so I have no complaints - the software worked and acted exactly as the manuals said it would. Typically, it would take only about 10 seconds for the laptop to recognize the modem when I plugged it into the USB slot, 5 seconds more for the Control panel to pop up on the screen, and only about 5-10 seconds of hand-shaking before I had a nice firm connection.
Generally, even at 1Mbps, the average pages loaded quite quick with graphics filling in swiftly as well. In the 3 weeks I have been using it, I have not yet had it "drop off" for any reason, nor were there any interruptions for any reason that I could notice.
Overall, the Rocket Stick worked "pretty well" for general, average "surfer" type of users such as myself, however for those wanting to do online games and P2P gaming, this stick, IMHO, will not cut it. At least yet.
If you are interested in getting the Rocket Stick, sign up for the cheaper GSM stick with the little Basket-Handle style antenna on it, and save yourself some money. In the meantime, I will only give the MF668 Modem 3 stars, as it was not quite the performer I was led to believe.