Unlock the new BOLT! 4G LTE mobile wifi mifi | Gadgets Guides | ZTE MF90

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In my recent trip to Indonesia, I chanced upon the re-launch of BOLT! Super 4G LTE and a very attractive promotion with a ZTE MF90 mifi bundled with a prepaid data card for just Rp 300K (USD 26).
Closer checks, the telco BOLT! has heavily subsidized the cost of the MF90 midi modem.

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It is amazing to see the claim that major parts of Jakarta are covered by the 4G LTE (2300 mhz) signal.

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Without doubt, the ZTE MF90 modem is locked for BOLT!. Fortunately, it can be easily unlocked for overseas usage. It is important to verify whether the published LTE frequencies in your hometown is supported by this mifi modem. Else, the maximum connectivity could be constrained to 3G (UTMS) or 3.5G (HSPDA).

Unlocking the ZTE MF90 is quite straightforward:

 

STEP 1 : Download & Install DC-Unlocker client software (from https://www.dc-unlocker.com/downloads, only choose the 1057 version)

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STEP 2 : Install the necessary drivers (modem, ports)

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STEP 3 : Connect the ZTE MF90 modem & verify the link communications

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STEP 4 : Purchase unlock credits (7 credits/7 Euro$ per unlock operation) - https://www.dc-unlocker.com/buy

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STEP 5 : Unlock the ZTE MF90

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STEP 6 : Reset the modem & do a restart

Reset button is located within the modem, next to the battery compartment.

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STEP 7 : Flash write the dashboard (Win&MacOS generic) - https://www.dc-unlocker.com/downloads/get/wRIrWbm8

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STEP 8 : Configure the necessary APN & Network settings.

The signal should reflect either in Blue (LTE mode) or in Green (non LTE mode)

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Other specifications for ZTE MF90 modem:

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LTE frequency bands used in Asia:

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  10 comments for “Unlock the new BOLT! 4G LTE mobile wifi mifi | Gadgets Guides | ZTE MF90

  1. Nimda Diputs
    February 17, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Hi, this ZTE MF90 also support LTE FDD 1800/2600 MHz right?
    Because it support multimode LTE band, FDD and TDD.
    But how we gonna force it to use FDD instead of TDD?

    • Alan Soon
      Alan Soon
      February 17, 2014 at 9:12 am

      The one which I obtained from Indonesia (BOLT!) only supports 2300 Mhz. Not sure if the h/w or firware limited, unless we have a tool to flash it. At the moment, there is none. If you have further luck, do share with all.

      • Nimda Diputs
        February 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

        I believe it can support more than that, because the Bolt MF90 is just rebranding from ZTE MF90 and it has no problem to use the official firmware.
        Hope got someone that can unlock the FDD band of this type of modem.

        • Alan Soon
          Alan Soon
          February 18, 2014 at 12:18 pm

          fyi, The latest batch of BOLT! MF90 has an updated firmware which prevents dc-unlocker to unlock it.

          It will be wonderful if indeed there is a way to unlock the FDD bands as 2300Mhz is only available in Indonesia, India, China & Sri Lanka witin Asia Pac.

  2. Fachri
    March 22, 2014 at 9:14 am

    hey man, how the dashboard looks like ?

  3. eddy
    May 5, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I was wondering, do you know if this works in Bali ? I just bought one of these but the signal thing just keeps flashing read.

    I have activated and am on the free initial 8GB they give you . But cannot connect because that network LED is always read... any comments?

    • Alan Soon
      May 5, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      Not sure about Bali. But I have mine working perfectly in Jakarta. Flashing red is highly due to no network (default is locked to BOLT! 4G APN). You may try to set to another Telcom network APN if there is no BOLT! coverage there. This, you will need to unlock the set.

    • Peter
      May 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      I live outside of Bogor which has full coverage, I could not gain access so bought an unlocked modem, which is loaded with the following version of firmware finding the firmware is not easy, ZTE do not supply it.

      Bolt do show area coverage on their webpage, it is expanding.

      VERSION=PCW_FMDIDNMF90V1.0.0B03

      I use an alternative carrier and the modem is very fast, although I cannot connet to 4G

  4. Ansgar
    June 27, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Where can I get the drivers for Windows 7?
    I searched in internet but no success

    • Ansgar
      June 27, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      I mean the USB drivers

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