mi-fi cheapest unlimited deal?

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  1. Terry

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    Hi all I have http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/110901417629?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649 mifi with a 1yr card from T Mob £21 for the yr) and just 250 mb monthly download limit but with unlimited browsing/surfing which does me fine :thumb:
    My mate has just asked me what we use etc, but he requires unlimited downloads,what is the best deal out there?
    Is it easy to conect via moby phone or will it be to slow compaired to the MI-FI
    terry
     
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    I was asking our IT guys about this and found out that my iphone contract has unlimited data and can set up a personal wifi hotspot so connect laptop etc to it and does not cost me any extra a month
     
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    Terry can't help you with your question although I have one for you.

    You say you have 250mb download allowance and unlimited browsing surfing as a complete thicko when it comes to this stuff and most other things :Rofl1::Rofl1: can you explain the difference I assumed when you surf you where downloading the web page.

    Thanks Gerry
     
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    Not entirly sure how it works Gerry :Smile: but I think they look on surfing as the unlimited bit and viewing video/you tube as downloads---I can look up pages from fun but when you view you tube links it eats into your data :Eeek:
    I know when grandson comes with us he is always wanting to be on youtube and cannot understand (like me and you) why he is not allowed :Wink: no idea how or why they determine what is a download but I have never reached the cut off point yet :thumb:
    edit I assume they can tell the difference between surfing ie a small amount od data every few mins from a constant download lot
    terry
     
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    Where did you get the T-Mobile card from?

    Can you post the link
     
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    It was from a ebay seller --
    gorgas@hotmail.co.uk
    no idea if he still sells on ebay but that's his name email address so if you can find them on ebay or contact them please post a link for when mine runs out :Wink::BigGrin:
    terry
     
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    There are no "unlimited" download deals - most of those that say so have fair play rules where they can throttle your download after 2 or 3gb....

    Other unlimited deals specifically exclude tethering - such as giffgaff - (though if he uses only on phone its unlimited)

    The best deal is via 3 @ 15gb pm, though its an 18month contract, you can get an unlocked mifi unit on ebay for the same price as the locked one from 3.

    If he needs roaming - better buy a sim on the country youre going to - lots of other posts on this throughout the forum.
     
  8. Phill D

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    have looked at this before and bought a T mobile 12 month data sim with 250 mb / month usage.

    this is an example of what you can do with 250mb;

    quote ( Based on our research, we estimated you’d be able to do all this on your smartphone, every day:

    Browse 10 web pages
    Read 50 BBC News pages
    Read and reply to 20 emails
    Watch a 1-minute video on YouTube
    Upload a photo to Facebook

    It’s important to note that this is just an indication of what your real daily usage could be, based on average activity on a high end Android device. And if you don’t read BBC News or watch videos, that’s fine - there are loads of other things you can do with the internet on your phone. We just didn’t have space to cover all of them.

    Why we put this estimate together.

    We’re often shown lists of how many emails, videos and photos you can view with your monthly data allowance. For example, you could read 2000 emails with 250MB a month. Or download 32 music tracks with 1GB.

    But how useful is that? We know you’d never just read emails or just get music with your data allowance – so we wanted to suggest how a real person might use their 250MB data allowance in an average day. That way, it should be easier for you to judge whether 250MB is enough for you to do all the things you’d want to do with your phone. )Quote
     
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  9. jollyrodger

    jollyrodger Funster Life Member

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    May be helpful to some

    Got this a week or so back from Brother Pete, (leftlegger) has it now and works well he says may be helpful

    Mike
    this is from one of our engineer’s .He’s tested it over here but it
    should work in France Spain etc.
    I will talk to him later and possibly get one.I,m not on BT.
    What’s Joyce on? as you need to connect this box at home to
    make it work.

    Cheers for now, Pete







    Subject: FON Free Wifi PASS IT ON



    I was told about this by Ted B few years ago as he uses BT and I
    thought you had to have BT account but not so.



    was looking in to getting a FONERA WIFI sharing unit last year as I
    discovered you don't need to be a BT customer to have one and get Free
    Wifi all over the UK, Spain France German etc



    Due to the crazy 500 mb limit of Unisys 3G I found myself in a
    predicament of not having any 3G to do any work, it slows down slower
    than GPRS. Until the next month’s DATA anniversary

    No explanation from O2 but Jan I ran out after 3 week Feb. I ran out
    after 2 weeks and March I run out of Data after 1 week.



    Anyway due to all that palaver, the fact is , I decided to buy a FON
    box £35 one off lifetime fee , well Unisys had a "can't do" attitude
    regards its stupendously low 500mb limit Wifi limit .

    so I thought I will have a can do attitude as always I buy one myself
    .It will be handy when on hols in Spain abroad too as you can use VOIP
    abroad to make free VOIP phone calls with a smart phone.



    So If your with BT you already have a FON account and can get free
    Wifi all over the UK. But if not with BT you can by a FON BOX
    seperalty directly from FON and you get an account from FON

    for £35 once off lifetime fee and plug it in to one of your LAN ports
    of your router . That's it . simples ......happy days ...... :)



    Then you get free Wifi from about 2 million BT and BT FON users over
    the UK , another 5 million un Spain France etc.



    I was a bit sceptical at 1st but extremely impressed. Just drive up to
    most residential areas and within 10 houses you will pick up a SSID
    called "BT Wife" or called "BT with FON" or FON_FREE_Internet



    Look out for theses and sign in with your BT or FON account and you get
    blistering high speed Wifi 5megs usually so you can watch films,
    download massive manuals etc that just cannot be done via 3G



    I also found 30% of the time you get one in an industrial estate too.
    Not as convenient as 3G but way faster and works a treat



    So far since Monday this week I have used it 3 times when I could
    not get a stable 3G from the IPHONE.



    If you do want to get one don't be fooled by their screwed up web page
    from FON .when you click on which country it says UK is not supported
    yet this is an error on their web page

    As I say , if you're a BT customer you already have a FONERA/ BT
    account and can already get Free Wifi via your BT account but you
    don't have to be a BT customer to get an account /hardware

    BT accounts get all the FON Wifi of which there are 2 million plus all
    the BT open zone of which are far less prevalent .



    Standard FON model costs £35 and advanced model £55 that you can earn
    shared revenue from and also acts as a USB NAS BOX plus loads more
    features
    http://corp.fon.com/how-it-works
    as I say don't be fooled by the
    option when you click join and say you're in the UK it will report that
    FON does not support the UK which is rubbish as FON has the largest
    coverage of all countries ( 2 million users ) last year it was 1
    million . It took me a while to find the purchase link.


    This is the correct link to buy a FONERA in the UK
    https://shop.fon.com/FonShop/shop/GB/ShopController;
    jsessionid=B6C467D1E1B4C9EE87DEF416D466825C.BillingCluster



    , I guess the cost is just electricity to power the Wifi router as you
    need to have it one to be able to get free Wifi elsewhere . So I put it
    on a time 9am to 5pm. To save electricity
     
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    WOW can you explain in simple terms what a FON is ? Sim card? How much ? A working link to get one from ? It couldbe my tablet blocking the link :Wink:Will the FON use my mifi ? Sorry to sound thick but I am :BigGrin:
    Terry
     
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    I like the sound of this, can I just be sure I understand? As a non BT customer I can buy the box and access FON wifi free of charge, here and abroad?

    Wyn
     
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    Terry I don't know what the fon box is but I have access to fon as a BT customer and it means I can sign in to any fon wifi network for free, so far we have found these all over the uk not always near a campsite though used it a few times in France even had it at a campsite in Royan. We have also found loads of places through out Holland with it.
     
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    https://shop.fon.com/FonShop/shop/GB/ShopController

    This is the bit of kit you need (without having to sign up with their UK partner, BT). It plugs into your existing broadband box (with a network cable) and once you're set up with it you can use any other FON wifi hotspot anywhere in the world.

    Used to be difficult to find a hotspot but now they've reach enough people that you usually find a few in any town or housing estate.
     
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    Yep that`s correct as I understand it and also like any wifi if you have the code it will support more than one device ,pc,tablet,phone,all so long as they are wifi capable,I am no expert on the subject so do your research,before purchase if that's the way you are going :Smile:
    The "box"once activated to an account(password protected) attached to a "live" BB point must be switched on any time you wish to use it elsewhere in the world,therefore leave it on give it to a friend ,relative to switch on,go away find a wifi sign in and select you device type pc phone etc and away you go .hopefully someone on yer can confirm or correct this and if you give your code to fred or freda elsewhere and they find a connection ditto :Wink:
     
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    just read up a bit on the BTwifi ( fon ) i seems there are many glitches to be sorted. but i will keep reading as i am a BT customer and have been using BT SmartTalk.
     
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    Update

    Pete in Bristol with boxand online
    I'm in Plymouth on mobile fone wifi his code logged onto Fon hot spot working fine so simple:BigGrin:
     
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    Right THICKO here, :BigGrin: so I pay £34 and buy the FON thing then simply find hotspots ie bt phone lines etc and it's on ?Did I read it has to always be on ? or is it like the MIFI just turn on when you want it ?
    Will have to show this trread to my mate who will understand it and point me in the right direction :Wink:
    terry
     
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    i just put it on my andriod for a trial:thumb:

    thanks for the tips:thumb:
     
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    Sorry, I've read all the blurb and understand most of it but, like Terry I'm a bit thick on this too. :Doh:
    Ok, if I'm away in the UK I've used a dongle in the laptop or tethered with an old phone that costs me a £1 a day on 02. Last time out I bought wifi on a CC site. So when BwB says "It plugs into your existing broadband box (with a network cable)" I'm not going to have a router with me in the van so does it plug into the network slot on the laptop? If not what replaces the router? :Confused:
     
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    AS above :BigGrin: but does it plug into my home router then download to tablet - that then finds the wifi hotspots ? Need something /someone to explain in very easy to understand lingo :thumb::Wink::Doh:
    terry
     
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