Internet abroad

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  1. Daniele

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    Hi all,

    I would like to know if there is any broadband, item, ecc. which can be used to have internet abroad in EU.

    Thank you
     
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    A lot of us use a MiFi device, often with a Three sim card which covers many countries at the same price as the UK. Have a search on here for "MiFi" and you should get some ideas.
     
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    i use one of these.http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/160751881071?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
    or the alfa version of the same .
    it picks up local wifi and hotspots . if unlocked your in .
    ideal for parking by towns ,villages etc .
    if really in the wilds it not brill . but have used them for years . works all over eu and maroc .
    i use one here at home . dont have telephone or anything here just use free wifi.
    used a dongle for awhile but that worked no better than these and its free .
     
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    just get a mifi then a 3 network data sim 12 gig for 30quid i think it is ,it lasts for 12 months or untill the 12gig is spent which ever is earlier
     
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    The Mifi is just a portable wifi and I should choose the supplier as 3, Vodafone ecc.
    I've never used one of this, is it good? Can I watch some movies in streaming abroad if I use it?

    The other one is like a ' thief of wifi unlocked ' :)
    Is still possible now to find unlocked wifi?
    We usually go in the wilds or in parking in villages or towns but no camping sites.
    But it is very cheap so maybe a try... :)
     
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    look on ebay for a unlocked mifi they are not expensive then get a data sim from 3 store,its a 3 sim im using here on lake garda,you can stream but remember u have a 12gig limit,although i have downloaded 3 films and still just used 1.5gig
     
  7. Daniele

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    So, if I choose one of these
    ( I don't understand anything of these things... ) and I buy a 3 sim, I pay 30£ and I have 12Gb for 1 year and, if I finish (for sure) them before, I pay other 30£ and I have other 12GB that I can use abroad as well?

    The other thing, that I don't know its name, how does it work?
    Do you need a sim or it is like a modem and you connect your devices on it?
     
  8. Daniele

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    Are you on lake garda now?
     
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  10. Robin McHood

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    @Danielle, I've got a Netgear AC762S mifi, used with a local sim overseas and around Europe/UK with an EE sim. You just shove the sim in the back and then connect to it just like you would your home wifi. Set up is really easy from your web browser for things like password etc. Nice thing is you can set it to switch off the display after a short period if you wish so it isn't sitting with LEDs blinking.

    Like the others it will work on 4G right down if there is sufficient signal available so you can do anything you'd normally do on your smart phone/tablet etc.
    This one has a battery which lasts a fair while but is rechargeable from a USB socket. I generally keep it permanently powered up.

    You can connect external aerials to it if you want it to work in areas with poor reception or inside an aluminium sheet lined van like mine.

    Its going to become a fixture in RH with external aerials.

    Only in Germany did I have a problem (not the mifi's fault) and I had to buy a German Vodafone sim, because the EE service didn't extend to there. I believe from others that 3 is presently better in that regard. However the right to use your normal data plan extends Europe wide, I think, from April next year.
     
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    I've just got myself a TP-Link MIFI on an EE monthly rolling contract at £22 a month for 16gig. I've been using it at home as an alternative to bothering renewing our home broadband and phone package as I object to paying for line rental and WIFI when we're away from the house at least 6 months of the year!

    I'm getting 4g and it's the quickest connection I've ever had anywhere! EE I don't believe are as good as '3' abroad for costs etc? But I also noticed that '3' do the 12gig sim for £30 that I shall take back abroad with me.
     
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    I have just found this press release (June 2015) from the European Commission regarding the scrapping of roaming charges...

    http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-15-5275_en.htm

    The gist of it seems to say that roaming charges within the EU will end on
    15 June 2017 but there will be a "fair use safeguard" to prevent "permanent roaming"
    There is an interim lowering of roaming charges to be introduced in April 2016...
    "As from April 2016, roaming prices will be cheaper: operators will only be able to charge a small additional amount to domestic prices up to €0.05 per minute of call made, €0.02 per SMS sent, and €0.05 per MB of data (excl. VAT)."
     
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    Hi Daniel,
    I can understand your confusion.

    A Mifi is a piece of kit, the size of a skimming stone . Inside it is a space for you to put a SIM card in. You buy the SIM card from a supplier but, as already stated 3 have a deal at £30 for 12 Gig (enough for an hours surfing a day, every day for a year.)
    Having put the SIM card in, the mifi picks up a telephone signal and sends out a signal (encoded) for a short distance. Your computer picks up that signal, you verify that it's you (by using the code on the back of the mifi) and the mifi and your computer recognize each other. You then use your computer.

    Emmitdb
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    (If I can understand the above, anyone can)

    And finally, to answer your question. Your 3 SIM card lasts a max of 12mths. If you use it up before then, then you put another one in. I have just bought one even though a one in the MIfi is only 2mths old. The clock doesn't start running on the one I've bought until I put it in the Mifi but at £30, it's a bargain, especially as it works just as well in France Spain and a few other countries.
     
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    Hi

    Just to add to the above the "3"Sim whilst valid for 12 months or whatever period you pay for is subject to a limit whilst abroad. It is about 2 months beyond which "3" may block it for further use abroad. The "3" facility to use its phones and broadband Sims on their Feel at Home scheme which allows you to use it abroad as if you were at home is based on the premis that it will cover holidays or business trips of reasonable duration not months on end.
     
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    :)Out here our guys can run through 12GB in a week:active::active:


    I'd love to hear the providers explaining the costs they encur with roaming.. Out here a 20GB sim costs approx £13 can be topped up online, in English, (which is more than I could with Vodafone in Germany) and will data roam in every neighbouring country for a one off fee of approx £3, and we are supposed to be a first world country.......
     
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    Hi Robin where abouts is that in that you are atm :)
     
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    @joedeath332 nowhere that helps with motorhome connections unfortunately:cry:. I'm talking about Thailand, where I work. Fast broadband 4G connections are easily available in all major population areas and data is cheap. I don't think European providers have any excuse for the poor/ripoff service they give and thank goodness the EEC has tried to do something about it. If DTAC AIS and True in Thailand can give good cheap service then the European providers haven't a leg to stand on.
     
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    The problem with 3mobile data sim is that the feel at home cover very few of the eurpien countries and they now limiting use for two months in a row.
    Tesco mobile (and Vodafone) offering no roaming charges in 31 Europien countries this summer.
     
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