Mobile Internet Access

Discussion in 'Full Timers' started by gypsylady, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. gypsylady

    gypsylady Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2008
    Messages:
    251
    Likes Received:
    104
    Location:
    Durham
    Has anyone tried the 'new' internet dongles?

    We are thinking about changing our Internet provider to one of those dongles from the mobile companies.

    That way we will still have Internet access when 'tripping'.

    Have looked at the carphone warehouse deal for a new laptop with dongle at £29 per month.

    How much access will this give? Are there any other charges to consider? What sort of UK coverage is available? Any problems on campsites like tuning the TV seems to cause us?

    Any help gratefully accepted.

    June
     
  2. johnsandywhite

    johnsandywhite Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2007
    Messages:
    2,348
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Doncaster/Spain
    :Cool: Hi there. I converted our son & daughter over to the THREE dongle last year. They think it's great.
    A friend in Spain has the Vodafone Dongle. He is very happy with it.
    Most providers, Vodafone, Three, 02 etc allow use abroad. But be aware of the possibility of extra costs when roaming over there. Fair useage can also apply. :Wink:
     
  3. Pronto

    Pronto Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Lancashire
    Hi,

    We use a Three dongle - good speed and roaming costs are probably better than most I think. In France/Portugal/Spain earlier this year we got good coverage and costs were £3 per MByte. Used for emails this was pretty reasonable - beware the Windows auto download of updates though!!! Being a bit of a newby I got caught for £50 before I realised what was happening::Doh:

    Disadvantage of Three in the UK is that the dongle (unlike the Three phones) does not default to GPRS if there is no 3G coverage (it does across the Channel though) - so out of 3G areas you have no internet access; unfortunately this seems to be the case in most places we wanted to go this year - Lakes, Wales etc.::Sad:

    Cheers

    Mike
     
  4. johnsandywhite

    johnsandywhite Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2007
    Messages:
    2,348
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Doncaster/Spain
    :Cool: You can change the settings to get connected. :Wink:
     
  5. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    Messages:
    25,841
    Likes Received:
    76,155
    Location:
    Sutton on Sea
    See below for a comparison site. Be careful picking a package, not shown in the comparison is what you are charged if you go over your limit. Some providers they will sting you if you exceed your quota with one or two charging over £15 a MB yes FIFTEEN ££ :Eeek:. 3 at the moment seem to me to offer the best deal and if you go over your monthly limit you only pay 10p a MB

    Mobile Broadband<<
     
  6. tonycliff

    tonycliff Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 15, 2008
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Cumbria
    Vodafone dongle

    Hi, Weuse a vodafone dongle which is £7.50 a month for 3GB. We use it mainly for internet surfing and e-mails although we sometimes download music. We have never got close to the limit and the coverage is excellent. Prior to this we had a T mobile dongle but the coverage was nowhere near as good. We never use the dongle abroad as the roaming rates are still quite expensive. However, there is a heck of a lot of wifi internet available in France/Spain/Portugal. Hope this is useful to you. Tony.
     
  7. gypsyrose

    gypsyrose Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2008
    Messages:
    239
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Mid Glamorgan
    This is of great interest to me as I have recently (in the past month) gone over to mobile internet ....have a Vodaphone dongle and it has worked fantastically even in very remote areas of Cornwall (not known for the best reception?).
    Absolutely delighted with it!!
    You do have to be careful re downloads though as they use up a lot of the 3GB allowance that I have (£15 per month). A warning does come up on the screen and you can check your usage as often as you want.
    Vodaphone was our choice as they are the best and cheapest (or so we have been told!) for Spain and we spend 3 months of the year there.
    ps can someone please tell me if I can somehow hold off automatic downloads whilst touring??
     
  8. artona

    artona

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2007
    Messages:
    1,480
    Likes Received:
    690
    Location:
    Europe
    Hi

    Jimis right but it is very hard to go over 3 gig download, you would have to be streaming video / music to do so.

    I use mobile internet solely now and have set up forums/blogs and run mu photographic business using it. At the weekend I uploaded a 38meg album in an hour - fantastic. Because I must have internet access, due to business we have Three which is the fastest but does sometimes goes slow and when that happens we switch to T Mobile which is the most consistent for GPRS. Three and GPRS are apparently merging to create the best mobile internet company going


    stew
     
  9. johnsandywhite

    johnsandywhite Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2007
    Messages:
    2,348
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Doncaster/Spain
    :Cool: Both our son and daughter are on Three with the 3GB at £15 a month. They have never in the last 12 months gone over. They are pretty heavy users. :Wink:

    Our friend in Spain is charge 45 Euros a month. Fair useage comes into play which kicks him off. He then has to re-connect.
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2008
  10. tonycliff

    tonycliff Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 15, 2008
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Cumbria
    Voda dongle

    Pop into livechat if you have any questions, I will be here until 12.30. Tony
     
  11. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    Messages:
    19,821
    Likes Received:
    35,885
    Location:
    Leicestershire
    Have a Vodafone dongle, use it for work, never used it in France. Was annoyed that York did not have 3G same as most of North Wales, as far as I know, no limit...
     
  12. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2007
    Messages:
    29,461
    Likes Received:
    16,890
    Location:
    YO11 2BD


    if you're using windows XP......
    open control panel....
    click on automatic updates
    then choose how you want to download or switch off downloads but dont forget to turn it back on again later.

    dont know about vista but it will be similar.

    john
     
  13. shortcircuit

    shortcircuit Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2007
    Messages:
    162
    Likes Received:
    0
    Using T-mobile with a PAYG phone. Can get a 5/6 day pass with unlimited usage for £2.50 Just link to my laptop and away you go. Coverage so far appears quite good
     
  14. Sundowners

    Sundowners Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2007
    Messages:
    2,345
    Likes Received:
    1,404
    Location:
    Suffolk
    We have a THREE dongle - pay £7.50 a month for 3gb. We have now moved into our fifth wheel fulltime and moved the business from the house into an industrial unit. Tried the THREE dongle on the works computer, works fine so have now cancelled Broadband at £14.99 per month and now the dongle does both, we just unplug and bring it home with us in the evenings. More than happy with it, but a word of caution, a replacement dongle is £800.00, so it wouldn't be a good idea losing it!!!!

    Nigel and Pamala
     
  15. camcondor

    camcondor Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2007
    Messages:
    1,044
    Likes Received:
    477
    Location:
    East Midlands
    £800????? The dongles around at the moment that I've seen certainly don't cost anywhere near that - where did you get this info from???

    The dongles (many of which are HUAWEI Modems) change hands for around £100 or so off contract, expensive certainly but not to my knowledge £800.......:Eeek:

    Laurie
     
  16. johnsandywhite

    johnsandywhite Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2007
    Messages:
    2,348
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Doncaster/Spain
    :Cool: You would only need to buy a pay as you go dongle at £49.99 and put your old sim chip into it. :Wink:
     
  17. Pronto

    Pronto Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2007
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Lancashire
    Tried that - didn't work:cry:

    My understanding from Three is when you are out of a 3G area (they don't have GSM capability in their network) is that you are 'roamed' onto (I think) Orange. Three won't pay for data transfer on that network, so although the dongle will work for SMS messaging, it doesn't work for data transfer on the internet (although the dongle often indicates that a connection has been achieved i.e. a solid green light).

    It does work OK for internet connection out of the UK - I've used it succesfully in France on GPRS. If somebody can let me know the settings to allow GPRS internet data transfer in the UK I'll buy them a (very large) beer - it was a pain in the **** ealier this year, I went to the Lakes expecting to be able to use the dongle and ended up paying through the nose for WiFi access at the Keswick C&CC site.

    Mike
     
  18. Wildman

    Wildman Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    May 30, 2008
    Messages:
    15,458
    Likes Received:
    8,598
    Location:
    Ilfracombe, Devon
    Ah but the old simm chip was in the lost dongle????????????
     
  19. gypsyrose

    gypsyrose Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2008
    Messages:
    239
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Mid Glamorgan
    Pappajohn ...bit late seeing this...I use Vista but thanks for that info ...dare say I can adapt it to vista instead of XP!! Thanks!! :Smile:
     
  20. johnsandywhite

    johnsandywhite Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2007
    Messages:
    2,348
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Doncaster/Spain
    :Cool: Sim chip cheap enough to replace? Most are now Data enabled.
     

Share This Page