Mobile Broadband - alternative to dongle

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  1. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

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    As I posted previously, we have a T-Mobile dongle on 2 year contract which ends next February. In the run-up to the contract ending I intended looking at alternatives to it. By coincidence, just as I started to do so at the weekend my phone (Vodafone PAYG) started to die on me. I have used that phone as modem in the past but only on 2G not 3G (3G wasn't available when I bought it 3 years ago).

    On looking at replacements I realised that if I bought a 3G capable phone I could use it as an alternative to the dongle in areas where T-Mobile coverage is wanting (as Vodafone charge a maximum of 50p per day subject to a usage limit which is sufficient for my needs). I bought a Sony Ericsson C510 from a local Vodafone shop yesterday. It comes with USB lead and, when plugged in to the netbook, works just like a dongle.

    It also has Bluetooth capability but haven't yet worked out how to set that up.

    Graham
     
  2. Braunston

    Braunston Read Only Funster

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    Hi, Graham

    I have been using my E71 on 3 as a dongle for nearly a year now mainly on Bluetooth as i can then put the phone in the best reception position, with no problems. I have tried using the dongle but it does appear a lot more restrictive than the phone and as you have found there are a lot more pricing options (cheaper).
     
  3. N&K

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    A friend on mine got a good deal with his new phone with Orange. He got a 3G phone and unlimited 3G connection on the deal, which he uses connected to his laptop as well, via Bluetooth. We dont have a good Orange reception in our area so I didnt find out anymore details of the deal. If you would like me to ask him more info please let me know. :Smile:

    N&K
     
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