Does 3 work in Cornwall & related questions.

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  1. capers

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    Hi all,
    I'm a newbie to M.H.ing and this site.

    It is really great, lots of tips already.

    Going to Cornwall and Devon on 6/6/11 and need access to web for banking. Prefer to access through my laptop in MH than wifi supplied by sites. Anyone know if 3 works in places such as Bodmin, Fowey Salcombe etc. Checked 3 for campsite post code coverage and it can be ok for mobile but not broadband.

    I have a samsung galaxy S on 3, but don't fancy using it for banking, due to lack of security.
    So thinking of a 3 dongle but will it work and how slow are they?
    Also I have the Dell Studio laptop that can take a sim card, I think it was JJ who stated he used the sim out of his 3 dongle in his laptop.
    I guess you can see I am not up to speed on these matters, can anyone advise please?

    Thanks for reading this, any advice would be very welcome.

    Carol
     
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    3 is available in Devon. However, Devon and Cornwall are very hilly places so you may have problems at sea level. Our site in North Devon has no problem, you just have to pick sites on higher ground.
     
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    Only problem you may encounter on the north cost, is 3's habit of finding the signal from Ireland! You will usually notice a drop in strength when it does this - only seems to effect the coastal villages on the north coast - probably because a hill behind means it is the first signal it locks onto.
     
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    We use a 3 MiFi Dongle in St Austell area without any problems.
     
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    Thank you for your helpful reply, can I ask which of all the 3 devices you have?
    We are going away for 10/7 or so and it will be light use only. Have cable at home so it will be used infrequently, but, I want it to work with alacrity when it does. Mifi sounds good if a tad OTT for my needs. Any further thoughts, what made you plump you on 3 mifi.
    Thanks once again,
    Carol
     
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    We just use the 3 MiFi dongle - as we have a laptop each it means we can both be on-line at the same time but only pay for one connection.

    Previous to that I used a T-Mobile dongle on a very cheap data only contract and Rex had a 3 dongle on PAYG. My contract expired and the rates went up so we decided to have just the one provider. 3 had proved to be better than T-mobile on our travels around UK so we plumped for that and bought the MiFi dongle.
    As we're only in the UK for 6 months of the year it doesn't pay to have a contract unless it's ridiculously cheap as my initial one was.
     
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    Thank you very much for your time and trouble. :thumb:
    Yes in your situation it obviously does make sense and I am tempted. I am going to speak to 3 and see if I can wangle a deal, after all they keep trying to sell me things.

    Are you at Doubletrees, if so how is it down there? Thinking of going there next week, not booked in though, think it should be quieter by then after half term.

    cheers, Carol
     
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    We've left Doubletrees now - we're in Oxford and going to Stratford Show tomorrow for the weekend.

    It was lovely at Doubletrees - very quiet even though there was a caravan rally on. Should be plenty of room for you!:Smile:

    It's within walking distance of Eden Project and also close to the bus stop for St Austell, Mevagissey and Fowey - very handy place to stay!

    We're going back for a few weeks in August.
     
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    Thanks for the info again. Hope you enjoy the rest of your travels. Hope to visit the Eden project on a cool day next week the predicted North easterlies might help.
    Just contacted 3 and have got the basic dongle coming with just 1gb, hopefully it works ok.
    Cheers, Carol
     
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    If you walk to the Eden Project you get £4 off the admission fee! :thumb:It's about 1 mile - uphill going - downhill coming back!
    You can get a shuttle bus back up to the car park for the walk home too!
    Can recommend the Pasties in their restaurants!!:thumb::thumb:
    If you need any more info about around there give me a shout! It's a regular stamping ground of ours!!:Laughing:
     
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    Thanks once again, Marie. I realised the Eden project was near but not that close...great.
    Thanks for the offer of advice, may take you up on that. :thumb::thumb:
    All the best

    Carol
     
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    Well have returned from our travels in Cornwall & Devon now and am pleased to report that the 3 dongle worked very well for us.
    We were mostly sited on high ground.
    It was not good in Bodmin but the site had wifi so could have used that, our next stop was Pentire headland car park @ Newquay and all was well.
    So thanks to Marie and other funsters for your advice. :Smile:
    Carol
     
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