BEST Dongle ? wifi sims ??????????

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  1. Terry

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    Hi all, which is the best dongle to buy ?do unlocked ones work with any sim?also I have been on ebay and they have unlocked dongles on 02-voda-t mob-and 3g but all different makes,is there any better than others? (links if poss :Wink:)Have found some data sims on 3 that last 90 days from first use is this good ?Also links please for the sims :thumb::BigGrin:--you can tell when I on my new toy,my sig starts with a capitol T:BigGrin:
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    Do you have a smart phone terry, I have now dumped my dongle and tethering to my phone on the Three network.
    If not then I have been using a Three dongle for about 6 years good service and very competitive. Good luck.
     
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    I know this is not strictly the question, but I would now only go for the 3 mifi we have had a variety of dongles but find the 3 mifi a lot more reliable and yes you can get 3 months for £20 and even cheaper on e bay I believe. 3 have now bought a budget version out which my daughter has and it is very good.
     
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    I am looking for the same item--
    Looked through pages of dongles-
    If you want a unlocked one then there are some on ebay (work with any card)
    If you want to use in a motorhome and get a signal through all that aluminium you need a external aerial.
    I looked at both, the two together comes to around this dedicated unit price--

    https://www.roadpro.co.uk/retail/product_detail.aspx?prod=Zead+250+3.5G+dongle&id=1751
    I asked them-- you can use any uk sim in it and overseas buy a local sim and that works the internet ok :thumb:
    I have a smart phone with 3g in it but wherever i park ,it is always a weak signal--needs boosting .
    Must be a piddly aerial in a phone
     
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    I assume there's no time limit on the dongle, if that lasts a lifetime in techno terms it sounds like good value.
     
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    Hi Terry I posted about this last week, I got a Huawei 5331 MI-FI from the 3 shop £49.99 including 1gig data sim, I then purchased a 3gig data sim from Ebay for £12.20.:thumb:
     
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    Dont believe the hype about not getting a signal in a motorhome because its an aluminium box. so long as you put the dongle or mifi by the window its no problem

    Personally having used both, I always recomend the mifi over the dongle as it works better and gives you a wifi hotspot for up to 5 devices simultaneously. for instance 2 laptops, ipad and 2 phones in our case. best value is either through 3 shop for locked at £49.99 or about £2 more unlocked on Ebay

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/270992474355?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

    sim card with 3.... 3gb or 3months from first connection
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-Mobile-..._Home_Phones_Sim_Cards_CV&hash=item3a71cc93b3
     
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    Tried it!! 3G phones don`t transmit data through aluminium, --that`s why there is a car radio antenna on the outside to pick up a signal !
    All gps receivers work better under glass not inside a car , or have a external aerial.
    Putting a receiver by the window is ok, if the window is the same side as the transmitter.
    I have been on countless sites and no signal inside but go outside, in the rain , and bingo!
    A bendy rod high up on your roof will get it anywhere :thumb:
     
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    Best for me 3 mi fi :thumb:
     
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    I have a Samsung Galaxy 2 on the Three network. We have unlimited data (that actually means unlimited) and can tether 10 devices :BigGrin: Sorted!
     
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    Thanks to all who replied and a big thanks for the 3g 3gb for £13 :thumb:--Can somebody explain what the wifi things are ?I have just about got my head set on a dongle :Smile: but now wifi rears it's head.As you can tell new to all this wireless stuff :Wink:
    terry
    edit sorry I mean mifi --:Wink:
     
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    Wonder why mine works ok then? I use a MiFi and a Dongle depending on what I am doing. They both work fine inside the van.

    Wifi on the other hand not so well.
     
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    Not Wi-fi but Mi-fi
    basically a portable router with the same guts as a dongle that connects it to mobile phone network. Ironically you then connect to it by Wi-fi
     
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    Hi again can all you smart wireless people explain what the Wifi and Mifi are to a thicko like me please -:BigGrin: again any ebay links/numbers
    terry
    Cheers Big 1 I am trying to avoid my phone it is on 02 and shit especialy around n yorks moors
     
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    The reason that the signal wont go through the metal as found on some vans is because it is being sheilded in a simple faraday cage. However the large windows, either plastic or glass in the cab is no obstacle. Ive been down the external aerial and dongle route, and found the signal to be little or no better. The Mifi on the other hand is somewhat higher gain and pick up a signal easily in the last 3 vans Ive owned. As said it mostly comes down to the hype put out by the people selling the external aerials and such like.

    If your using a dongle and the signal is the other side of the van, buy a powered USB extension lead. Could even put the dongle on the roof via a skylight and a jiffy bag. Yep done that too, and it does help in poor signal areas, but not as much as a mifi
     
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    Wi-fi is the way your laptop talks to your router at home wirelessly (WI-reless Fi-network)

    Mi-fi as in my last link takes a SIM card same as a dongle, both use the same network that phones use. (Mi-mobile Fi-network) I recomend using 3 for virtually all uk

    http://www.three.co.uk/Support/Coverage to check coverage by postcode
     
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    The beauty of a Mi-fi (portable wi-fi hotspot) over a dongle is that the dongle needs to be attached to your receiving device, be it laptop or tablet, and therefore you have to use your device where it's receiving the best signal, the Mi-fi can be placed where it is receiving the best signal and you can use up to 5 devices within a 10mtr distance for the mi-fi unit (also you can't attach a dongle to an iPad)
     
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    MIFI

    Mifi was the best option for me and the best deal I found after buying device was with three,
    £15 for 10 gig on a one month rolling contract and I think only available by visiting 3 shop
    Alan :thumb:
     
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    For me mine is just right....only used in the motorhome and for home emergencies (phone line outages)

    ex-T mobile Huawei dongle...got it unlocked for £5 when my contract ended.

    Vodaphone none expiring data only sim with £15 credit installed, bought for £7.50 inc p&p on eBay.
    Vodaphone credited an extra quid shortly after registering.

    still have £1.84 of the original £16 credit after nearly 2 years....it does not expire...ever.


    now try and find the none expiring sim...and if you do, let me know as i want some more. :thumb:
     
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