Motorola Wimax CPEi 750

Though Wi-Tribe has yet to officially launch Wimax services, it has started providing test CPEs to a lucky few who live within the areas of Islamabad covered by the service. We happen to be in one such area and were able to try it out.

Firstly, the Motorola CPE they are providing (the CPEi 750, pictured here) is a very sleek one without any protruding antennae or noisy fans (this was one of the complaints we had with Wateen’s earlier CPEs).

Signal strength varied a lot; excellent in one room, zero in another. Even at the same location, it kept switching between excellent and downright poor. To give credit to Wi-tribe, they did do some maintenance a few days ago which improved the quality.

Next, came the plug and play test. It all worked flawlessly on our Windows systems, though a laptop running Ubuntu had to have some manual tweaking done. It worked fine after specifying a DNS server manually.

That had something to do with the DHCP parameters passed by the CPE, but the Wi-Tribe support team patiently noted down the details and promised to work on the issue and try to iron it out.

Next came the test of the actual network working behind the scenes. Wi-Tribe has chosen their uplink providers carefully so we had no trouble browsing and downloading at a cool 1Mbps. That isn’t very impressive when compared to existing DSL or fiber optic offerings, but remember that we’re talking about a somewhat infamous, long-range, wireless technology.

We’ll have to wait and see how Wi-Tribe performs once they’ve launched and have to worry about such things as billing, customer support and corporate needs. For now, it looks better than the competition. Good luck with the launch.

59 Responses to “Wi-tribe Wimax review”


April 4th, 2009 - 10:47 am

when wi-tribe launch service in lahore?


April 23rd, 2009 - 7:46 pm

Wi-tribe is constantly giving speed upto 300KBps. I have 2MB connection, got through some reference free for the testing period. They installed their CPE, signed a form stating that the undersigned agreed to fillout some feedback form sent by them to the provided email address regularly, atleast twice a week.

For all this stuff, i got free CPE, yuppee


May 6th, 2009 - 10:50 am

any information about the Launch in Rawalpindi/Islamabad. ?
I think they are not open for sale in R/I. Are they in testing phase?


May 8th, 2009 - 11:29 pm

Hi. I want to know that is wi tribe’s CPE free of cost or not..
And how would u compare their speed with that of wateen’s…


May 9th, 2009 - 8:47 pm

Asad, so far the information we have is that the CPE will be provided free of cost, but we’ll need to see what packages wi-tribe provide when they launch.

As for the speed, so far the test CPEs are running at a consistent 1Mbps.


May 12th, 2009 - 10:06 pm

i want to know there is any student package do u have….

tell me i am waiting for your



June 6th, 2009 - 4:52 pm

m in pindi
got a 512 for 1200pm with cpe plus ala bla of initial 2200
Its perfect so far , doing way better than wateen 1mb
But when they officially launch and sys gets loaded only then u can decide how good it gets

Umair Khan

July 9th, 2009 - 12:18 pm

Today i checked wi-tribe website. and then i realize that they have the same speed and cost as wateen has.All pakistani compneys are very proffesioanl in laying in front of people.

Imran Suhail

July 15th, 2009 - 4:08 pm

Any info on Karachi?

I use worldcall ADSL with a wireless router right now and would love to be able to test wi-tribe’s CPE. Any ideas on how to get registered as a tester? They should also use ‘easy setup with linux’ in their marketing if its as easy as defining a DNS as making EVDO work with ubuntu is a pain for most


July 15th, 2009 - 8:54 pm

Wi – Tribe is getting me up in Karachi I have requested them 11days ago they have tested at my site, but refuse to sell because of their approval I don’t know how pathetic they are They have launched early I think so!!! they are in testing phase!! they use themselves…. Very poor company character!!! I don’t like this type of attitude I’m calling them daily they are promissing since 11 Days……. Shame On Wi Tribe…. Really a very bad Tribe……………………..


August 22nd, 2009 - 8:02 am

plz jst tel me that iz there ani studnt package n wht price does it cost on student package n either on normal package


September 14th, 2009 - 12:30 pm

plz tell me can two systems share this device at different location through user name & password

waqas tanveer

September 26th, 2009 - 1:05 pm

Wi-tribe is constantly giving speed upto 300KBps. I have 2MB connection, got through some reference free for the testing period. They installed their CPE, signed a form stating that the undersigned agreed

naveed asif

September 28th, 2009 - 7:41 pm

I am using Witribe for two month.The services they give is very bad.They have no portal.i have 5gb with 512 and i have not yet use my witribe for 10 days and my 5gb is finished.My question is How?I am giving the service to all over pakistan or i have a black money that i give to witribe.There purpose is not to give good service but to earn money from customer.I have terminated the connection inshallah as soon as possibe.Wateen is better than witribe.

witribe said that first time ur pay 50% of your amount.But when i go to them to pay 50% they said that u pay 100% not 50% . I ask why they have no answer to tell me.They r liar.

There speed no doubt is good but i am not satisfying from their service .Quantity is there but no quality like wateen.

its up to u but i am a user of almost 2months and i am not satsified at all.


October 2nd, 2009 - 11:14 am

Thanks for the input Naveed. Actually I’ve found their network quality to be relatively good, but their packages can’t compete in this market. They better come up with affordable unlimited packages soon.

Amjad Ali

October 10th, 2009 - 8:26 pm

I have used Witribe services for two month.The services they are giving not so bad. After installation of there CPE I used it only one month and from next month my device was not camping. When i complained about it i found them very helpful and dedicated to the users but they could not solve my problem and at the end of month they asked me to return it.

They might have some coverage issue because i was getting pretty good coverage and service but when they updated their system (as they said) i was out of their coverage.

However, it is the fact that Wi-Tribe is providing broadband internet services at the cheepest rate among mobilink, wateen and PTCL.

I am not using it now but if someone in its coverage they should try it.

Junk Witribe

October 17th, 2009 - 12:04 pm

Wi tribe is worst ever ISP in pakistan.First of all this is not eassy to get there services because you will call them and they will not receive call and then they are making 1000 Appointments and then they are making non professional excuses.

And family if you get there worst services.Then you will be surprise with there worst services.Amazing thing is that there is no complaint system in this company.Some junk ladies are receving calls and they are saying they are every thing there and there is no one senior wherer they can tranfer you.They don’t have any special email adress to contact.Fully rubbies services.

Wi Tribe is worst worst ISP.

I am sorry for there owners who invest money and did mistake in making policies and hiring this Non professional staf.


October 20th, 2009 - 12:35 pm

Dear Junk Witribe,

Sorry for your bad experience, but mileage has varied for different people. I’ve found their staff to be really friendly and cooperative, much better service than what you’d normally find in Pakistan.


October 26th, 2009 - 9:58 am

I have wi-tribe 512 kbps. First they gave to me for testing and it was great but now The download speed is maximum 13 kbps while at first it was 60kbps and the surfing is 130 kbps. The signal strength is excellent at 3 green bars. I don’t know what to do. Once my device got blocked and i fixed it but now i dont know whats the problem. This speed continues day and night. What to do how much complaints do they need!????

Aamir Iqbal

November 14th, 2009 - 1:59 am

Poor Signal in Gulshan-e-iqbal Block 13-D and Poor Support as far as now ..

i am tired of its connectivity problem


November 14th, 2009 - 2:10 pm

Need to know how is the service working in islamabad and rawalpindi and wat areas they giving their service to?? PLss do write in and help me knowing that.. thanks be waiting for ur response..


December 5th, 2009 - 1:04 pm

any body can tell me abt which company is going gud in qaulity wi-tribe or wateen ,m satisfied with ptcl but i want 2 switch on wimax technology bcz i want 2 use my laptop through wifi n pc .i went wi-tribe outlet gulistan–jauhar karachi i checkd their service ,that was excellent speed (512kb).

but m confusing which one is best ??????????? bcz there r so many people against wi-tribe.

Muhammad Zaheer

December 5th, 2009 - 10:30 pm

i got new one witrib, i dont how can i check my remaining downloading………..
anybody can tell me? plz………….


December 11th, 2009 - 3:58 pm

There’s little reason to go with wimax if you already have a working copper/fiber connection. Wimax is most suited for those that are in areas without good quality copper or that are too far from the exchange for DSL to work.


December 20th, 2009 - 7:58 pm

is witribe servises available in faisalabad?

tell me now

i want a good nettwark conection in faislabad……………..


December 21st, 2009 - 3:59 am

Dear ahmad,

Witribe’s service is still limited to Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad/Rawalpindi. They claim that they will soon launch their services in other cities, though no time-frame is currently given.

Hope that helps.

Arsalan Ahmed Rizvi

December 22nd, 2009 - 3:23 pm

Dear Waqas Tanveer:

Your Internet Was Not A broad Band Service It`s a sharning Line You Used The Internet Sevice in late Night 2:30am your internet speed was 1Mbps Upto 1.6Mbps This Internet Service Is A very Low Speed you pl`s remove your internet and use a PTCL Broadband and Evo
Evo is a Usb Of internet this is speed is 3.1Mbps and Broadband is 512kbps,1Mbps

ex-witribe user

January 8th, 2010 - 12:35 am

Although they have reduced their tariff but the customer service is pathetic…especially during downtime, they do not bother to pick up the phone.

So before you make the purchase decision, check their hopeless call center by dialing in and opting for customers area. or you will waste your time utilizing the money back guarantee.

witribe is going to break…its bad for the users because they might have to rely on world call , but their call center is a real loser. at least world call guys pick the phone at call center when we make a call.

irfan ahmed

January 10th, 2010 - 12:58 am

hi i am using evo it was very poor so i suggest u plz dont perchase it.
and is share in 5 persons 3.1MB divided by 5= 600Kbps
its not fare.


January 15th, 2010 - 8:46 am

I am using wi-tribe, i have some questions.

1. if my wi-tribe device is misplaced or theft. then how i can get new device , is it any amount i have to pay? or if i don’t want new device and i decide to leave my rs.750 security deposit. is it end?

2. why wi-tribe not displaying live (real time) internet usage in control panel..?

3. if i don’ t want to use wi-tribe service anymore and take a break for 6 months or 3 months, can i billed for those months?



January 15th, 2010 - 2:17 pm

512k speed is very slow , even if you near with booster and have good signals. i can’t see youtube clips smoothly. Also helpline and sales number 111 187 423 is Always busy even if you want to contact with there sales department ;) . they mention 7gb on website tarrif but its actually 5gb. so its another lie.


January 16th, 2010 - 2:42 pm

Good questions Kashif. Hope you find answers to them, but if you do, please remember to share them here.

Malik imtiaz

January 19th, 2010 - 3:29 pm

well buddies try wateen now,

with enhanced network and addition of new wateen and shared sites wateen has enhanced its network and also rapidly enhancing it on large grounds.

any body interested in wateen connection please contact me at 0333 5946370

Amjad Ali

January 20th, 2010 - 1:35 am

Well i am using wateen but i would call it YATEEM instead of wateen because they have hidden and nonsense laws and policies. they just sell their DABBA to user and get money when user facing problem then he knows new laws and company policies on every new compliain. i have been lost of my 850 rupees due to this and no body taking the responsibility for this. wateen sales staff try to just sell their device and they dont bother wether signal frequency is ok or not or the user have come to know all the stupid laws and policies of company.

Wateen called its pakege as prepaid but charge as postpaid and on complain the customer service staff give nonsense and non logical arguments about that.

The main and basic aim of wateen is to revenue the company no matter where from but only to get revenue. they dont feel the responsibility for the user’s loss.

s noman

January 22nd, 2010 - 12:06 pm

wi-tribe very very beat service not bordband
lik a dilup


February 18th, 2010 - 3:49 pm

Hi All,

wi-tribe not a good wireless internet provider he have signal problems and not a good guide.


malik imtiaz

February 19th, 2010 - 7:01 pm

atlast wateen usb now available again in stock. any body interested in wateen wimax usb with unlimited or limited download plan please contact at 0323 4483 157
wateen is offering 1mb unlimited in just 1500 Rs per month even witribe is not offering such a low cost package


February 20th, 2010 - 7:31 pm

mobil no 03343875514 ihave your divise it canot worked now it is bloked inter net is not working thanks mahmood


February 20th, 2010 - 7:33 pm

signal not gud

ch khalil

March 12th, 2010 - 11:18 pm

Wi tribe is worst ever ISP in pakistan.

.Amazing thing is that there is no complaint system in this company.Some junk ladies are receving calls and they are saying they are every thing there and there is no one senior wherer they can tranfer you.They don’t have any special email adress to contact.Fully rubbies services.we do telephone long calls inorder to solve our complains i have lost of my 3690 rupees which i was paid at first to get the connection very slow download speed

Wi Tribe is worst worst ISP.

Muhmmad shafque

March 29th, 2010 - 9:41 am

i m your wi-tribe user

i want to know about my bill. and also want to know what is my password to visite my wi-tribe account
plz contact me.. i m waiting


April 8th, 2010 - 9:38 pm

Wi-Tribe is the worst internet service provider I have ever used in my life and now I have decided not to use their service any more. I suggest to everyone don t ever come close to them.

Their help center is one of the most bad experience in my life and I lost more than Rs.2000 to just calling them for my problems and most of the time I just hear the voice of recorded messages or advertisements nothing else.

Right now they are just cheating to their users by displaying false statement, blah, blah.

I am trying to open only single static site and it took me more than 4 hours, now you imagine if you are a web developer or programmer who is working for its online clients what will be your mind position. Totally mad or psycho???.


April 15th, 2010 - 3:43 pm

Dear Shafque,

Thanks for the offer, but we aren’t into owning any users, be they wi-tribe users or any other telco.

As for your bill and other info, you’ll need to contact Wi-tribe itself, unless you’re willing to pay us huge sums of money to break into their system. ;)


April 15th, 2010 - 3:48 pm

Sorry for your bad experience Isloooboy. Experiences must vary since I recently got their Wimax USB and the staff was more than helpful when I went back to return it. 4 hours to open a static site is horrible, though am surprised you waited that long. Have you tried DSL/fiber?


April 20th, 2010 - 2:28 pm

hi, every one i m using wi tribe wifi modem 1 mbps but dont know the motrola wimax password can any one tell me how to get it??? plzz


June 6th, 2010 - 9:47 am

it turns of after 1 min

raja yousaf

June 26th, 2010 - 5:37 pm

i need bill new connection liya hai mujy bill pay kab dina hai

Ayesha A Rehman

June 30th, 2010 - 6:41 am

I see a wateen guy visits here quite often. I want him to reply as to why his company has blocked the official Ahmadi webiste ?

abdul hadi

July 24th, 2010 - 12:30 am

hi guys i m hadi i m using wateen 1mb unlimited cheap rates if any1 wants to buy a connection contact on 0313-4603605


August 11th, 2010 - 9:53 pm

please we want wi-tribe here at bahawalpur.please tell me k ap log yahn bahawalpur mn kb sy start kar rahee hain.please reply me

farasat ali

August 11th, 2010 - 9:55 pm

when wi-tribe service lunch here at bahawalpur


August 28th, 2010 - 11:14 am

when did wi-tribe will appear in faisalabad


October 5th, 2010 - 8:53 pm

I suggest everyone to use WATEEN. Its service is very good as compared to others. Im also using its 2MB link since 2 years and Im satisfied.


October 27th, 2010 - 3:06 pm

why is uploading speed only 256Kb ps 0r 20KB per second
paid i mb for both downloading and uploading

abbas zaidi

October 27th, 2010 - 8:52 pm

bill for november 2010

Asad Yousufi

December 17th, 2010 - 6:36 pm

DO NOT GET ONE DAY UNLIMITED TOP UP from WI-tribe, once you get that they reduce the bandwidth to 25%

I am a Wi-tribe user since November 2009, They promised me to ive me 50% discount on 6th billing month and 100% discount on 12th billing month, it never happens, when time came they just said this offer is not valid now, They better say it was a BIG lie.

Now interestingly they used to send me SMS and telling me that you are about to consumed 70% of your allocated volume, I hardly use Internet at home, my Wifi is secured and most of the time my Wi-tribe CPE remain powered off, they keep trying to sell me more volume, yesterday day I got an email from them stating that you received a free coupon, you can get one of the Top Up services for free.

I logged in and use that coupon for one day unlimited download Top Up, and put around 10 Gigs of data download on torrent, next evening when I noticed that download is not finished yet, I check download rate is very low, around 25 KB/s I paused the downland and check the speed on several speed testing websites, all of them stating that I got a 0.25 Mb to 0.30 Mb connection insted 1Mbps connection.

So bottom line is how good rating they got, how good they are, they are just typical ISP and thy like to suck, and they are doing good. Until I get a better ISP I have to live with Wi-Tribe, infact they’re better then worst PTCL, Bad Yateem (Wateen) and Kid (Qubee).



April 23rd, 2011 - 10:06 am

I have had wi-tribe 512kb connection since about a year. In the beginning there service was pretty good but since the last 4 months or so when the got the best broadband provider award in Pakistan their service became crap. My packets are really below sinking point and many of the times the signals on the device disappear. When I try to tell them the problem those a-holes just say after connecting the device in their offices that you are getting 4 signals and our service is fine. Candy ass Jerks Of damn Wi-tribe.


May 2nd, 2011 - 9:31 pm

wateen, and witribe all are providing bad services.


October 9th, 2011 - 12:18 am

I started using wi-tribe since Jan this year. Initially the service was not bad at all. I mostly stream online so wi-tribe didnt gave me any blowbacks at all but that was initially…

Now its been almost 2 months & there service is getting worse every sec. I cant stream at all. Even low quality tubes with a few minutes timeline take like forever to buffer…

I signed up for 512kb package but I only get around 200kb most of the time. Even with the speed-boost installed my downstream rate never exceeds 30kbps…& that sucks big time.

To top it all…there costumer support is crappy as hell.

In my experience…PTCL is the best bang for bucks deal out there today.

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