Newbee Question On Using A Phone For Data

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  1. sammypvt

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    I am new on here and this is my first post so be gentle.

    I have an I phone 4 which I use giffgaff on o2. I get the £15 top up package every month (pay as you go, no contracts) which gives me all the minutes and texts I can use plus 5 gig of data usage. I connect my phone to my laptop using the personal hotspot feature but sometimes the 3g network isn't available or is very slow as I wild camp with my local DA in fields.

    My question is how can I make my signal stronger. I keep seeing people saying use a booster or an external aerial but the language seems to leave me confused. Has anyone any simple advice as opposed to tech jargon that leaves us OAP's scratching our heads.
     
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    Hi and welcome from Devon

    I used to have a giffgaff sim with same package and found signal was rubbish and non existent in places .so now have a 3 sim and have used it both home and abroad (France & Spain now on feel at home same cost as UK)
    They,r fine in UK ,& when abroad I put sim into tablet and no probs.
    Also have a Toggle sim for use where 3 is low on signal ,just used on recent trip back from Germany .
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    Using 3 now tethered,have duel sim phone
     
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    Ive been told that the EE network sell a 15 gig data only sim which lasts for 90 days. This would suit me as I wont have a contract. Are there any better deals out there which give better reception and usage.
     
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    jollyrodger Funster Life Member

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    You can buy a 24g EE data sim on EBay for around £64 which last for 12 months or until all data expired ,not used it myself so don't know its worth ,or a 12g 3 data sim around the same price put intoa MiFi unit works very well (y)
     
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    I think the OP already has a data SIM but wants to know how to make a weak 3g network signal stronger.

    www.motorhomewifi.com sell various devices to do this...

    An excellent company... and Funsters too!

    JJ :cool:
     
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    +1 for 3 data sim..
    We use an external aerial on our 4g router which helps us.. But as JJ said.. Motorhome wifi are an authority in these things
     
  7. sammypvt

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    This is what I was looking for but its the price of one that's worrying me. Will mission control go for it or will I have to go undercover again and take it on the chin, lol.
     
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    Well I have an i boost but don't use it as I have a '3' all you can eat data I don't see how it can help boost the signal I already get from my sim card.
    I'm not trying to use someone else's Wi Fi, that's when it would help. With permission of course.
     
  9. sammypvt

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    Ive sent you a private message
     
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    What kind of external aerial do you use if you don't mind me asking. There so many out there, lol.
     
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    It's made by solwise and seems to improve things.. But there's quite a bit of techy stuff re external aerials for 4g and 3g that I'm not sure about so your best speaking to a professional tbh...
     
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