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  1. davaud

    davaud Read Only Funster

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    got myself a new laptop and want mobile broad band without contract( like pay as you go) just to use when touring in the summermonths going to get wireless router at home but dont know what to get for when were out and about any body any idea. have looked at vodaphone i think this could be good but does anybody have any information . see you all at the newark show cant wait :Smile:
     
  2. GJH

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    I got a contract deal rather than PAYG last year but the approach I used might be useful to you. I went round all the local phone shops and asked them for full details of prices (not just the up front loss leader bits), coverage etc so that I could properly judge what most suited our needs.

    At the time the T-Mobile 24 month contract seemed best and I have been happy with it overall.

    Of course, if I had waited a month or so new PAYG deals and price reductions would have come in - but that's always the case of course :BigGrin:

    Graham
     
  3. EssexBoy

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    Hi davaud

    I don't know if it helps you any, but as I'm a Virgin Media customer, I recently got a Virgin Mobile stick on contract for £5 a month for 1Gb usage...

    I decided that at this price, I couldn't go wrong, as we are only light users...

    Cheers

    Steve
     
  4. Sundowners

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    We got ours last July - It's on an 18month contract with 3. Costs us £7.50/month for 3GB
    However, our friends have the 3 but on PAYG. Ours is very useful as we take it to work and use it on the office computer all day and then plug into the laptop in the evening at home. Very pleased with it. We'll have it with us at Newark this weekend if you want to have a look.

    Nigel and Pamala
     
  5. Red Sonja

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    I'm Posting this from the Republic of Ireland (Am at my Mothers until Thursday night - Then off to Newark on Friday) on my 3 mobile broadband £7.50 per month for 5gig. One of the main reasons I went with this was because I could also use it here with nothing else to pay (Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Australia and Austria are also included as long as you use the 3 network) I am well pleasedd with it Shepton Mallet is the only place Ive found that it doesn't work at.

    Sonja
     
  6. nahnotme

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    How they can call them mobile broadband I do not know cos they are neither, I took my 3 dongle back as coverage was poor, now got a vodaphone 3 gigs for £15 a month contract and rarelly go over 1 gig because it downloads so slow.
    I'm hoping once my contract is up to go onto pay as you go using the same dongle but a different sim card, just had a 30 minute phone call with them to change my address to "No address available" as my home is currently my RV with no avail, a case of compter says no and call centre jobs worths.
     
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    Quite understandable surely with a contract, where would they send the bills,OR the BAILLIFS.:RollEyes::Blush::thumb:
     
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    I am currently in Portugal a the moment using a unlocked dongle which I got from ebay in the uk. Comes with full instructions on using abroad. I bought a pay as you go sim card for 10€ in portugal of which 5€ was credit and it works okay. Did the same when we were in Spain. You just topup as normal from a supermarket or what ever.

    ken
     
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    Hi, Can you provide a few more details, as i have been looking at doing exactly the same thing,

    (1) What was the make of Sim cards you purchased in Spain and Portugal,

    (2) Can you top up, or do you just purchase a new 10 euro PAYG sim card with 5 euro credit each time and can you use the credit for both a phone call and the broadband or do you have to specify what you want to use it for,

    (3) Last question is what is the speed like.

    Thanks

    Braunston

     
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  10. restlesskiwi

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    g`day,mate! ive just arrived in the uk from nz to hopefully buy a modest 4 berth,definately not top of the range motor home.but reliable,i hope.the first thing i bought was a laptop to keep in touch with all at home.Now,i`m no expert by any means,so it`s been a learning for me,arranging a way to keep in touch with all.
    i bought an external usb modem from pc world that works on a pre pay set up,that you do online, the initial cost was £30 for the usb modem,which by the way is termed as a "dongle"then i paid £15 on line for 1 months use.i just came back from shrewsbury,where to my amazement i could`nt connect as there was no signal.apparently from what i heard the council doesnt use them,due to this,but dont think there is any other option.hope i dont encounter that too often.
    there were 4 options ,when i bought the modem,varying in price the most expensive was around £180.i bought the £30 which wasn`t` quite the lowest,but suited my needs.
    hope that`s been of some help to you.
    all the best brian aka restlesskiwi
     
  11. Boo

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    The cheapest and best way is to buy a wireless receiver which can be fixed to your van roof or put on a pole or ladded (clamps provided)

    Then just hook up to your best wireless WAP signal...................most are locked but there are ways..................you just have to google it and there are the answers :Wink:

    So apart from the the cost of the receiver you have no more costs :BigGrin:

    Boo
     
  12. hilldweller

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    Tip of the Week !

    3 USB broadband.

    When you go to top up PAYG you get offered broadband £10/£15...

    BUT

    If you look there is an internet option at £5. Now it looks like a phone deal but if you pay your fiver you'll find one months "fair use" on your account and the link seems to work just the same as £10/£15. If it is slower than "broadband" it does not show up on forum/email use.
     
  13. jaygee

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    I'm going to sound really stupid now but here goes:
    I have an orange contract with internet access via my phone.
    If I bought an unlocked dongle and put my existing orange sim card into it and then plugged it into my computer would I be able to access the internet via my computer?
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Not at all, life is just getting too specialised.

    Another thought, your phone is a "dongle", so why not link via bluetooth to your PC ? I'm sure I did that once, but a good while ago.

    "Why don't you now ?" he asked.

    Simple, because of the risk of a massive bill on a contract phone. So I bought a 2 PAYG dongle hoping ( but not 100% sure ) that you can't run up bills on PAYG. However, as a test I have logged on when the month's payment has expired and ended up with something like "data beyond payment" and a charge. There were a few pounds in the kitty, not transferred to PAYG, so I'm hoping they allow access to give you a top up path but not enough for a ruinous bill.

    Having said that, the ruinous £1000 bills were by complete idiots who downloaded games and videos while roaming. Darwin in action.
     
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    vodafone is good

    Hi I have had vodafone 3g mobile broadband for a year now and it works great,
    you can get a 1 GB one for £15 p/m for 30 days at a time . no 12 month contract needed , Johnny K:Wink:
     
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    Got a Vodafone dongle had on contract in UK, finished contract have used Vodafone pay as you go in Spain and Portugal cost about 10 Euros for 400 Mb last about a month with just e/mails and general web browsing. Any vodafone shop has the P.A.Y.G Sim cards.

    Steve
     
  17. Garvie

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    Mobile Broadband Dongle

    We have been full-timing in the US for 11 years. For the past three years, we have used a Verizon Air Card (dongle) and have been very pleased, 2.5 Mbps near cities down to 300 Kbps in the western boondocks. Verizon has coverage maps on the Web which allows us to check ahead for broadband coverage. Cost is 60 USD/ month.

    We plan a six month European trip next Spring and are looking at alternatives for Internet and phone. If we have Internet then phone can be pretty easy using
    VoIP, eg, Vonage, Skype et al. Vonage gives us a US phone number and Unlimited calls tothe US and 5 European countries – France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the UK. So phone calls home would work fine.

    Internet looks like more of a challenge. I've looked at Boingo which allows acces to 100,000+100,000 hotspot. Boingo/Vonage or Skype looks pretty good but you still have to find a WIFI Hot Spot.

    This unlocked dongle would be great, hope I can get more feedback on how well it works before we head out a year from now.

    Thanks, sorry about the length of the post,

    Garvie
     
  18. 740sman

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    o2 dongal

    we went to o2 and picked up a pay as u go dongal you pay £2 a day or £7.50 a week or £15.00 a month,the unit was £29.00. we had it to contact our son when we were on hols in the uk. we had it xmas but to date not used it yet. the set up was quick and now ready for use.maybe the same as 3 ,has anyone used o2 before!
     
  19. tofo

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    i have a three 1gb dongle payg dong
    found it expensive for the little i used it
    all credit goes after a month :Angry:
    bought a vodapone dongle came with £15;00
    that dies in a month
    but future £15;00 credits last till used
    1gb as long as you use dong once in 180 days
    uk only no roaming
    so now i have two
    my theory when no signal on v.phone
    top up three if there is a signal while away
    then use it till we get home
     
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    Cheaper still.....your laptop is the 'receiver' and just sit outside McDonalds. :Wink:

    McDonalds aren't :BigGrin: but the coffee is crap :thumbdown:)
     

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