For Anyone Considing Buying A Mobile Wi-Fi Thingy...

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  1. JJ

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    I bought a Vodafone R205 mobile hotspot thing which replaces the older (slower) model a couple of days ago and I would like to report that it is fantastic.

    Three to four times faster... footy without pixels and pauses to stream the video... even Jolean and Edin look quick...:thumb:

    Well pleased.

    JJ:Cool:

     
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    How does it work and what are the running costs?? please:thumb:
     
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    It is a device which allows you to connect up to five devices to the internet via your data card.

    The original method to have mobile internet was to have the (sim like) data card in a "dongle" which you plugged into the side of you computer (in a usb port)

    With a mobile wi-fi hotspot you put the data card into the device and it creates your very own wi-fi.

    The device cost me €49 and I have a contract with Vodafone Portugal for €37.37 per month for "unlimited" usage. There are endless different data packages you can
    buy from the phone company (in my case Vodafone).

    You have to charge it's battery up which I do easily through a normal car usb charger.

    JJ:Cool:
     
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    Sounds good
    , how much better than the dongle is it?
     
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    I can confirm that JJ, as I bought one about 2 weeks ago and loaded €50 on it and it runs 2 comps and my I phone brilliant better than just dongle if you have multiple machines to run on the internet Regards Garry Flatpackchicken
     
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    Anyone considering buying one of these gadgets should make sure it supports HSPA+ which is pretty much the fastest standard for 3G data.
    Also, make sure it is unlocked, meaning it will work with any mobile operators network.

    Don't go for a 4G one unless you have a 4G data sim (EE), they're much more expensive.

    I myself use a Huawei E586E on T-Mobile.
     
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    Not to bothered on the amount of devices, as long as its faster than me dongle:thumb:

    Just wondering whats to stop others using your hot spot??
     
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    I think you have got it... your dongle needs a signal from the mobile network. The only difference is that with the wi-fi device it is easy to connect other devices... so, for example, at the moment Frankie and I have our phones connected and Frankie has her netbook online all at the same time. We don't rely on finding unlocked wi-fi hotspots (such as McDonalds) but obviously use them when they are available.

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Tim, your hotspot will have a password. You can keep the default or change it to what you want. You can change the hotspot name too, to something humorously vulgar of course.
     
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    How are these things different than connecting through your phone?
     
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    Not many people have phones that can create a wifi hotspot. My Nexus 4 can, but I prefer to use the my-fi device as that way I keep my phone charged up.

    Also, you can't browse with a phone, and create a hotspot at the same time.
     
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    Yep , mine (HTC explorer...quite simple but good enough for the use I make of it) does it , so when we'll be going through France this summer for a 3 weeks holidays in the UK , we'll be using my phone as a hotspot. It can accept as well 5 devices connected on, will have password just the same . Only difference is that mine is worth 2 Gb ...they call it unlimited ... but they will slow it down if we eat it all!! I'll have to tie up JJ I guess:Laughing:

    Amicalement

    Frankie:Smile:
     
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    Thanks JJ, everyone, looks like the thingy for me:thumb:
     
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    iPhone 5 can browse and host at the same time, I've tried it with an iPod, iPad and macbook all tethered and streaming video while streaming on the iPhone. I've only had this phone for a few months so maybe it's a new thing. :Smile:
     
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    Works on my old Nokia but you do get roaming costs, don't know how it compares dongles
     
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    And on Julie's android samsung
     
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    JJ please change your admin password for the web page to the dongle NOW as some prat will be able to access it and change your password and so on. Thats seconds.......

    It is a default password that they all know........
     
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    Just one question about this. If you are out of UK will you incur higher charges for data use or does it not matter?
     
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    I have an unlocked Huawei E5331 mifi from 3 running on the simcard from my old voda K3565 dongle - works great. It can handle up to 5 devices at the same time which is ,more than enough. :thumb: Reception has been good where ever I have used it :thumb: (only in UK, not been abroad yet) I found that in some places it was better using the 3 simcard.

    I did ask Vodafone about using it in France and they have a daily charge :Angry: (can't remember how much) not likely to pay it, will just use free wifi where I find it unless I can get a better deal locally.
     
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