MIFI - close to choice!!

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  1. Teuchter

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    I have more or less decided on this plus antenna for our upcoming 2 months in Spain/Portugal

    I believe that buying local pay as you go SIM's is the best way to use for WIFI (just email, web browsing etc. - no downloading of large files)

    Any recommendations on which SIM to buy?


    HUAWEI E5330 3G (Genuine UK Stock) SIM Free Mobile WiFi UK - White (21MB/s)
    by Huawei
    233 custom
    #1 Best Seller in Mobile Internet Devices
    RRP: £49.99
    Price: £29.97 Delivery at no additional cost for Prime Members
    You Save: £20.02 (40%)
    In stock
     
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  2. Minxy Girl

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    ???? That's an old MIFI ...
     
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    But does it really matter if it gets you on the internet.
    Ok, maybe not as fast as 4g but so what....the price is good.
     
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    A huge saving. A save is a save. A most up to date one will soon be "old". 4g is good, but do they have that sort of coverage in Portugal anyway? Which site was this?
     
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    This summer in Spain we used Lebara on a 30 Day packages, worked fine. They had the following available:

    1GB: €8
    2GB: €14
    3GB: €25

    Bought the SIM from a local computer shop, who set it up in the MIFI for us
     
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    True, but as these are only 21mps max, there are some deals where you can get a better 4G MIFI 40mps max, for a similar price, I'd go for the 4G and 'future proof' myself a bit.
     
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    Hi.MinxyGirl
    Being an,"Old Fart" LOVE "Future proof" LOL keep 'em coming,i can impress the g'kids (20 and 25.....)
    Tea Bag
     
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    Just done all this, the HUAWEI E5330 does not have external antenna connection which you mentioned. I bought the 4g unlocked (as standard) version on PAYG from 3 which does have an antenna socket

    http://store.three.co.uk/view/plan/MBBD29122014T113122

    http://www.three.co.uk/Discover/Devices/Huawei/E5573_4G_Mobile_Wi-Fi?memory=0&colour=White

    with a 1gb card which is OK for Spain on the feel at home tariff! According to the 3 shop you just need to register (and use up the data only if you want to) the 3 sim in the mifi in the UK or a feel at home country (Spain) then it is OK to use a local sim card or whatever.
     
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    But the 5330 does not have the antenna slot, the 4g 5573 does but that is £59.99 at 3 but includes 1 GB of data.
     
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    Also forgot to mention 3 have black Friday event next friday, so might be worth waiting ????
     
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    Being a really old fart i don't know what mi fi is,,,BUSBY
     
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    OK - thank you @campacola - to get one compatible with an antenna I have revised my choice which now is


    Huawei Unlocked E5330 Mobile Wifi- Bundled with 6 GB EE Sim Card - White

    Price: £54.99 Delivery at no additional cost for Prime Members

    In stock

    Colour Name: White - 6GB Sim Card



    It now has it's own 6Gig Sim!!! -- What is that all about? -- What about the national local sim cards? -- Do I now have to have a 3 contract? o_O
     
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    I think that model still does not have the sockets for the antenna?? if you buy an EE card unless they have a reciprocal arrangement in Europe you may or may not be able to use that card?

    If you buy the E5537 on PAYG on 3 with 1 GB there is no contract, but I was told in the 3 shop to activate the E5537 you have to use the 3 sim card first to register the unit. Then its up to you if you use the data allowance or not, but the card only lasts 1 month once activated unless you top up. But you are free to use a local sim card once it is activated as its unlocked.
    I am going to do it the way they told me in the shop. So will activate the card a couple of days before going to Spain.
     
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    Check the cost of EE in Europe, from memory it is very expensive compared to say O2 (£1.99) per day on contract or of course Three which will be your cheapest bet for Spain by a mile.

    And the e5330 has no external antenna connection.
     
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    @Teuchter. The e5330 does not have a antenna port,unless its an updated one that has just come on market...Roy
     
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    Ok - time for a rethink - do I need an antenna?
     
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    I am open to advice - any mifi recommendations ? :)
     
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    I have a e5330 and to date it works fine without an aerial.but I suppose it would be slightly more efficient if it had a port to try ,but I am happy as it is ..there are much more knowledgeable people on here who could advise you much better than me..but value for money its great. Roy
     
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    Was there a story of someone putting the e5330 on a pole to get reception or on the roof ??? Easier just to buy a weatherproof £10 receiver off eBay and a mifi with a port.
     
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