Dongle for UK use

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  1. simbadog

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    I'm looking for a dongle to use in the UK on a laptop for basic light web browsing & email use.
    What does the panel suggest please?
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  2. cbrookson

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    Your best bet is a prepaid MiFi which will support up to five devices on WiFi.

    Something like this from Three for £50 including 1 month of data and other months for £10 a time. They have other deals for a year etc.

    Cheers
     
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    1st thing to check is what does your phone contract (if u have1) allow for data (internet) then get a unlocked dongle like this 1 which i have
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121063659066?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649
    you can insert your phone sim and get on the net without another sim which you will have to buy i have had mine working with tesco and t mobile you will need a apn number which you can get from the net and its also wifi so allows others to connect
     
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    Hi Unlocked MIFI simples
     
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  5. Deckard

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    I think 3 are doing the best deals atm - £18.99 for 15gb - but they want you on a 2 year deal :Eeek:

    Three MIFI options

    Most are offering 3gb per month options...

    Giffgaff are offering a sim only option @ £12 pm with unlimited data....BUT

    giff gaff offer

    They have a caveat - that "tethering" is considered unfair use... anyone using or had any issues with this?

    "3.10. Your use of the Services must be for your private, personal and non-commercial purposes. You may not use your SIM Card:

    a) in or connected to any other device including modems, dongles and tablet devices, or any other way to connect to a PC (unless you are on a gigabag or a goodybag plan with a limited mobile internet allowance). This includes using your phone as a WiFi hotspot in order to connect multiple devices, and any other form of tethering activity."
     
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  6. spitfire

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    I use a 3 dongle when in UK . Works everywhere :Smile: paid £20 for the dongle and that included £10 of data use which was enough for my use in a month. On our return could not top up as was over six months since last use but no Problem sold me another sim card fr £ 15 and included another £10 of data so enough for my visit :BigGrin:
     
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    2 parts to this The hardware and the connection.
    Hardware wise. If it is for a single device get a decent dongle. If you have laptops, phone and tablet then an unlocked MiFi is best.

    On the connection front....
    3 have been the best for me no matter where I am. "Almost" guaranteed a decent connection.
    GiffGaff have the cheapest unlimited data offer but they do say it must only be used in a phone.. ie no tethering or putting it in data only devices.
    Also Giffgaff are running on the O2 network which doesn't have a good reputation for coverage. Additionally GiffGaff have had quite a few outages.

    My setup is.. I have a dongle with an external antenna port for those times I am at the fringes of reception. I use my Mifi when I am in a good signal area and want to use all my devices. I stick with 3 because they are the best based on personal experience.
     
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  8. jollyrodger

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    Have the three dongle and mifi look on fleabay cheap enough ,both are unlocked tried other networks but 3 does the job in the UK also look for sim cards 12gb or 12 months whatever comes first last one cost me £34 sept last year and still 5gb left on it now ,little dearer at the mo but still cheaper than 3 store :Wink: also 1gb and 3gb
    And use Giffgaff on my android phone £12 unlimited data unlimited txt 250 mins works also in mifi & dongle
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/THREE-PAY..._Home_Phones_Sim_Cards_CV&hash=item2c6abde91e
     
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    12gb of data or 12 months use....at £57 this would cost you £90 if bought from them direct

    £60 for unlocked dongle on fleabay is the same as the locked one direct from three!

    No brainer!
     
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    i have the E3231 as above
    works well £70 for a year 12gb data
    one off payment away you go
    great when away for the weekend very good area coverage :thumb::thumb:
     
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    E5331 it is then :Smile: Thank you
     
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    Just a thought!

    1/ Can you get a power lead for it to plug into the van?

    2/ Can I plug my wifi aerial into it?
     
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    Both mifi and dongle powered by USB from PC or from battery in the case of mifi similar to fone

    Can't plug wifi aerial into mine, why would you? Works from sim or am I missing
    something? :Doh:
     
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    Why don't you just use your phone wifi
     
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    No, it's me :Blush:
     
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    The phone lead won't stretch that far :Wink:
     
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    Have a couple of spare dongles tied to 3 don't know what part of Devon you are but if not in hurry will take bits up to Newbury show? :Smile:
     
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    R u serious or joking. I can use a Samsung galaxy anywhere in Europe to connect my laptop in the included data, does cost a bit to connect but no more than having a new contract for a dongle
     
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    Thanks a lot for that :Smile: However, I have just ordered a mifi unit as Mrs simbadog can that read the times online whilst I'm wasting time on my laptop :RollEyes:
    Looks like I'm not far from you, in sunny Yelverton.
     
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