French PAYG Dongles

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  1. Jim

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    Can anyone reccomend a French pay as you go dongle/network that gives good coverage in France and will work in my unlocked three myfi
     
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    Boy, am I waiting to hear the reply to this. I bet I am not the only one.
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    I looked into this 2 years ago and found that they have a lightly different price structure that we do have in the UK.

    They seem to price it weekly and not monthly and they seem to be charging weekly what we can get for the cost of monthly in the UK, plus of course there is no carry over of unused data.

    I dismissed it and gave it no more thought, but it may be that I picked a bad example.

    Doug...
     
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    Have given up looking for cheap wifi provision in france, I now use T-mobile on a pay as you go and use their Euroboosters, 200mb for £40 which will run for a month but if needed you can purchase more. The eurobooster can be used in all of europe. I also check the camping cheque and acsi site books as sites offering free wifi do state in the books.
     
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    SFR have usb dongle for €40, access can be bought either in 24 or 48 hr fixed periods a t€6 & €9 or via usage start at 50Mb for €3 or 1Gb for €35 and last for 2 months.

    I have only been able to top up in an SFR shop and then phoning an automated service ( bit daunting in French !!! ) but they will normally do that in the shop if you ask nicely. My French is not good but I have managed to top up via the phone.

    Online topup will not accept my UK credit card (no problem in shop), I think this is because I have not registered a French address or ID number with them.

    Don't know whether this is permanent or an offer, my brochure says available to 6th June, I have not needed to top up since.

    Details at sfr.fr
     
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    I know it can be a little inconvenient but there are no end of wifi free zones in France if you look but they are not on camp sites.

    So for me, its cheaper there (zero cost) than it is in the UK. Unless I jump in the MH and travel to a free UK spot. In which case its the same, (free)


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    Jim, we live in France, we have a orange dongle on a years contract at a monthly rate of 15 euros......for that you get 200 mb a month, that is daily until you reach the months quota of 200 mb......or until you reach the end of the month.......nothing gets carried over so if any mb are left you loose and your next new month starts..........you also receive a extra 200mb to used in the same month "BUT" that extra 200 mb can only be used at the weekend or school holidays...........the speed and coverage is not brill or 100% coverage, you could be connected through "E" very slow ...or "3G" which is a little better.........we had noticed while traveling around FRANCE...everywhere, we could find Neuf and SFR hotspots...strong signals but they needed a code.........where the orange was a little sparse in places .........now the dongle from orange only cost 1 euro and this set up your computer as soon as you plugged it in......but if you go down the orange road, call at a orange shop and let them do it ...
    (so it is not worth you trying to use your unlocked dongle for the sake of one euro)

    Look on the internet on the Neuf & SFR sites as they seem to work together and we found more coverage...on traveling.. even though we could not use them

    it is not good over here
    :Angry:

    Mel:thumb:
     
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    McDonald's free and easy.. lots of them in France

    We use the McDonald's free and easy as long as you are buying a burger..some work i the car park, but most are only in the store.. unlike UK which normally work in the car park.

    Mainly had to pay on sites if I wanted normal use at will wifi. not cheap.

    Bob:Eeek:
     
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    My WiFi system works from any distance, up to about 500m. so long as I have an uninterrupted view of the window of the room that has the antenna in.

    http://www.faculty-x.net/NET-WL-usb-cpe2512bg

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    It could be cheaper to buy a Blackberry and a French PAYG simcard. You can then use Blackberry internet via the phone, which in UK costs £5.99per month for as much use as you like (realistically what BB call 'fair use ~ 500mb pm). The French unlimited BB Internet service cost Eu 9.99 per month, but you HAVE TO HAVE A FRENCH PHONE NUMBER. It is not dependent on service provider, but you need Blackberry or BB compatible phone

    I use my Blackberry in France with a Prepaid Sim, and internet and emails are fine. Internet is slow though - about 5-10 seconds for a google search, but at only a few kb per page you can search thousands. If you don't want to send or receive pictures, it'll easily last a month.

    BB don't charge for air time, just the connection, so once you have a site, don't refresh too often!

    If you decide to go with Blackberry, don't forget to change from UK to French Simcard. If you accidentally use BB whilst 'roaming', it'll cost around £10 per Mb!!:Doh:
     
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    You could be on rocky ground here Doug, if you are doing what I think you are doing. It's highly illegal to use somebodys wireless router signal without permission.

    If this is not what you are implying,and all your'e doing is using FREE hotspots, at a distance, then I apologise.
     
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    You are jumping to conclusion and you have got it wrong. I could tell why, but why should I, you have already accused me.

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    I also have a Ralink aerial , not much luck with it yet but have not mounted it outside yet. The reason I bought mine is to pick up BT openzone which has hotspots in the UK and on the continent and is free to BT broadband customers
     
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    As I said before, I apologise.

    The product you linked to is a bit 'iffy', and your 'so long as I can see the window the antennae is in' is also equivocal'

    The problems with forums such as these, posts are open to supposition, misinterpretation, and occasional misuse, and anything which can be seen as unlawful in any sense, could be difficult for the site owner if he 'appears' to, in any way support such postings.

    It's equipment like this that is used to identify unprotected routers, and steal information like passwords and bank details, as well as 'free wi-fi' - I know, I was that soldier, and I wish with all my heart that the police could ban the use of these things:Angry:

    My details were stolen, and it led to a lot of trouble and embarrasment.
     
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    This product simply appears to be a directional outside aerial allowing a longer range. I can't see how it could enable you to connect to anything you couldn't without it just by moving nearer.
    I thing it could be useful on those sites that have wifi that only works within 50yds of the reception office, as it might allow you to use it in your van. Likewise perhaps McDs in the carpark.
     
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    It would seem that you are on the bottom of a leaning curve. almost anything can be used to break the law, but that does not mean that it is so used.

    You more or less accuse me of braking the law then excuse your self at the end by apologizing. Well your apology is not excepted.

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    I support that posting! Absoluteley nothing iffy about that gear. It just receives a signal just like any wifi enabled computer, phone or tablet. It's used by those in boats who anchor a bit off shore so they can access the harbour wifi, its used by motorhomers to access weak campsite wifi. If you had an insecure wifi set up it could connect, but so could a laptop, or wifi phone, these have antenna too, if you ban it, you would have to ban all other wifi receivers.
     
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    Hi Jim

    Likewise I cannot see the problem in using this type of aerial.

    As regards to stealing passwords etc I don't quite see how using one of these conections permit such a thing!

    Surely you must need specialised software to do this?

    Regards Pat
     
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    I was, and probably still am at the bottom of the learning curve.

    I actually apologised at the beginning, just in case I had made an error, and it seems I have, but I have apologised, and I can do no more.
     
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    This is the one I use. http://www.faculty-x.net/8dbi-omni-outdoor.htm

    It too is legal. The laptop picks up about five or six signals. Connect either of these antennas mentioned, and the number of signals increases quite dramatically, thereby giving the likes of us BT customers, a better chance of logging on to BTFON or Openzone, as per the terms within our BT Broadband contracts.

    Should someone within that signal area, leave their router unsecured, then that it their lookout. Should someone connect to that unsecured router, again, that is their lookout, as they are probably doing so knowing that they are breaking the law.

    Fortunately, once logged into BT FON or Openzone, the connection is then secure for the user.

    I will not do any online banking/shopping, etc, from the laptop, unless I am on a secure WiFi link, or on a GPRS/2G/3G mobile connection via the dongle.

    Regards,

    Jock.
     
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