Vodafone K5006Z VS Vodafone K5005

We had noted that Vodafone K5006Z is already available on the market with tariff for users, somebody may have some memory about the previous model Vodafone K5005. Yes, you are right, they are both LTE Stick for Vodafone 4G networks. But if you want to buy a LTE Stick for Vodafone SIM card, which one to buy? What’s the difference between them? Which one is better? To ask these questions, it proves you are a serious buyer. Many people just buy the 4G sticks with the contract without the corresponding concern. But if you want to buy unlocked LTE Stick, you may concern which one you can benefit more.

In this article, we will see what the difference between the two models is and which one is better. Vodafone K5006Z is available later than K5005, but they are both customized by Vodafone in red and white appearance. Below is the table listing the specifications of Vodafone K5006Z and Vodafone K5005:


Model Number

 Vodafone K5006z

Vodafone K5005

SIM Lock Status

Unlocked, SIM Card Free

Unlocked, SIM Card Free




Form type

4G Internet Stick/4G LTE Stick

4G Internet Stick/4G LTE Stick


 Qualcomm MDM9200

 Qualcomm MDM9200


LTE Category 3 (3GPP Release 8) USB Modem

TE Category 3 (3GPP Release 8) USB Modem

Network Bands

4G/LTE Frequency Bands Vodafone K5006Z: Band 3/7/20 (800/1800/2600MHz) Vodafone K5005: Band 3/7/20 (800/1800/2600MHz)
3G UMTS/WCDMA Bands UMTS 900/1900/2100Mhz UMTS 900/1900/2100Mhz
2G GPRS/GSM/EDGE GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Data Rate Speed

4G/LTE FDD link Speed Downstream: 100Mbit/s Upstream: 50Mbit/s
4G/TD-LTE link Speed Downstream: N/A Downstream: N/A
3G HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+ Link Speed Downstream: 42Mbit/s Downstream: 42Mbit/s

Other Features

WiFi Support NO NO
Maximum Users Supported 1 User 1 User
SD Card Slot YES, SD card up to 32GB YES, SD card up to 32GB
USB Type 2.0 2.0
External Antenna Connector 2 (TS-9) 2 (TS-9)
Dimensions 90 x 27 x 18mm 90 x 25 x 15mm
Weight 40g 40g
OS Supported Windows/Linux/Mac OS Windows/Linux/Mac OS


From the table above, we can see that the main difference between the Vodafone K5006 and K5005 is the manufacturer. Vodafone K5006 is manufactured by ZTE, so it’s also called Vodafone K5006Z; Vodafone K5005 is from Huawei. The second difference is dimension, the size of the 4G modems are similar. We have to mention that both of them are with rotatable USB connector, which will save much space for users.

So we can conclude that the two modems are very similar in function and performance based on the same chipset. If you prefer to Huawei or ZTE Brand, you can choose the modem on their brands.

Vodafone K5006Z LTE Surfstick From ZTE

Since the end of 2012, Vodafone offers its new LTE Internet Surf Stick K5006-Z together with the LTE mobile tariffs for notebooks. Vodafone K5006-Z LTE stick is the successor to the Vodafone K5005 surfsticks. However, the K5005 is from manufacturer Huawei and K5006z is from the manufacturer ZTE. They are both LTE Category 3 USB Stick supporting peak download speed up to 100mbps. Like Huawei K5005, Vodafone K5006z also has rotatable USB connector with the customized logo and software.

Technical data of the Vodafone K5006-Z LTE stick:


* Manufacturer: Chinese mobile phone supplier ZTE

* LTE modem Category 3

* Supported LTE frequency bands: LTE FDD 800 MHz, 1800MHz and 2600 MHz

* Download speed up to 100 Mbit/s

* Upload speed up to 50 Mbit/s

* DC-HSPA+ and UMTS support up to 43.2 Mbit/s

* Supports qual-band GSM frequencies (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz)

* Stick Type: rotatable USB stick

* Dimensions: 90mm x 27mm x 18mm

* Weight: 30 grams



* Expandable with a 32GB microSD memory card to USB memory stick

* SIM card slot, Normal SIM size

* USB 2.0

* 2 x TS9 ports for connecting external antennas for LTE MIMO receiver gain (Buy Vodafone K5006Z Antenna)


Supported operating systems:

* Microsoft: Windows 7, Windows Vista ( SP2 ), Windows XP ( SP3)

* Apple: From MAC OS 10.4

* Linux: Starting from kernel 3.6 with IPv6 in the UMTS/HSPA mode




* Vodafone Dashboard Version 10.3




Vodafone K5006-Z supports all the LTE frequency bands offered by Vodafone. And the unlocked ZTE K5006Z could work around in all the European countries. If Vodafone LTE network is not available somewhere, then the K5006-Z will automatically return to the HSPA or UMTS mobile communications standard. It would automatically choose the fastest network and let user access internet in possible high speed.



The Vodafone USB Stick K5006-Z LTE is a very good stick for all LTE new entrants. What’s more, there is already another successor in sight. The Internet Stick Vodafone K5007! The K5007 is already available at Vodafone Portugal. The K5007 is identical with the Huawei E3276. It’s a LTE Category 4 USB Stick with support of up to 150mbps. If you want higher speed, don’t miss it, it’s amazing.

Vodafone ZTE K5006Z 4G LTE USB Surfstick

Vodafone offers a new LTE Stick for the in house mobile LTE solution. The stick K5006-Z comes from the Chinese manufacturer ZTE and very similar to the K5005, which came from the manufacturer Huawei. Here you will find the most important features of K5006Z.


Features and Specifications of the Vodafone ZTE K5006 surfstick

Manufacturer and type designation

K5006-Z (ZTE) USB Modem

Download to rate

100 MBit/s

Upload to rate

50 Mbit/s

supported LTE bands

LTE Band 3/7/20 (800/1800/2600MHz)

backward compatible with:

DC-HSPA +, UMTS, GSM frequencies (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz)

MIMO Support:

MIMO 2×2

Connector for external antenna

yes, 2 antenna jacks TS-9

LTE category:

LTE Category 3 (3GPP Release 8) modem


Qualcomm MDM9200



90 mm x 27 mm x 18 mm, 30 grams

USB standard

USB 2.0

Memory card expansion

Yes, MicroSD up to 32 GB

Compatible Operating Systems

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS (10.4)

Specs PDF

Vodafone K5006Z ZTE 4G LTE Stick Specifications


Network Bands


The new model Vodafone K5006Z supports all relevant Web standards. In LTE, it could work on  LTE 800MHz and LTE 2600MHz. In the latter case theoretical maximum download speeds of up to 100 Mbps and 50 Mbps in upload are possible. If LTE is not available, the stick could switch on UMTS and HSPA (DC-HSPA+). The quad-band operation for four GSM frequencies 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz is provided. Even abroad, the stick should almost always provide good reception.



Optics and other features


The panel is held in the Vodafone typical design, so setting with red border. However, compared to the K5005, the sequel looks a bit clumsy and not quite as elegant. But that is a matter of taste and a score is up to you. Same with almost all surf sticks, the dongle K5006 with an additional memory card to USB memory can be upgraded. For this purpose, the device offers a MicroSD slot. Corresponding maps are mostly cheaper than USB flash drives with the same storage capacity.


Under adverse reception conditions, high speed could reach by one or two TS9 connector (MIMO) antennas plug it. Just outside of urban areas, this can be very helpful, such as in tourist areas. Also noticeable is the lower weight. Instead of 40 grams (K5005), it weighs 10 grams less. With 90 x 27 x 18 mm, it is also slightly narrower and deeper dimensions.




Those who still does not have a LTE Stick, the 4G LTE Surfstick K5006-Z is considerable. And there are unlocked Vodafone K5006Z to use any SIM card, just one pay for the dongle and never limited to any contract. For those who have the predecessor, the newer, the better.




A completely ordinary stick, which brings all you need for the high speed data rates needs.