Pay-as-you-go Dongle

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  1. wander

    wander Read Only Funster

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    We are coming over to the UK in a couple of weeks time and will be there for two months. Can anyone suggest the best option for getting a payg dongle for us to use and indication of costs. Will no doubt be able to use some wifi spots but need a dongle for security when accessing bank account etc.

    Thanks in advance, I know someone will have an answer!
     
  2. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Look no further than Giffgaff http://giffgaff.com/

    Choose a deal to suit , eg £10 goodybag - 250 minutes, unlimited texts and unlimited mobile Internet for a month

    You pay monthly .. there is no roll over..
     
  3. GJH

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    Giffgaff assumes having a dongle to put the SIM in doesn't it Jim? If I read the OP correctly they need to get a dongle here.

    Major networks are:
    Three - http://www.three.co.uk/Home
    Vodafone - http://www.vodafone.co.uk/personal/index.htm
    T Mobile - http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/
    Orange - http://www.orange.co.uk/
    O2 - http://www.o2.co.uk/

    Each has coverage maps so you can check which is best at your likely destinations. We find that Three has the best overall coverage. Prices tend to be broadly similar.
     
  4. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    yes indeed Graham.. I presumed they were just looking for a sim :Blush::Doh:
     
  5. Bryan

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    I would buy a dongle from any mobile phone shop or supermarket, just get the cheapest you can find.

    IF you get one that woks on 02 you can then throw away the included sim and get a giffgaff one as Jim suggests.

    BUT
    You would need to buy a GIGABAG, not a goodybag as the goodybag he mentions is for use in a PHONE and not a dongle.

    The Gigabag is for dongle use and gives you a months worth of data as per the attached picture.


    So:

    Order a sim by visiting giffgaff

    (Click here to order a sim quickly and easily and with £5 free credit when you activate it with your first topup)

    Register it and top it up and buy a Gigabag

    Buy an unlocked or O2 dongle from a phone shop or a supermarket

    Pop the gg sim in the dongle

    Should be all that there is to it :thumb:
     

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    By the way...giffgaff works on the O2 network so you get the same coverage :thumb:
     
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    double :Doh::Doh:

    clearly I need to see the 'nurse' any recommendations ? :Laughing:

    however.. another option is buy giffgaff sim for the phone and tether to the lappy .. ?
     
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    I have a question or 2
    if you buy a phone to tether your laptop which phone works like that
    do the phone companies know you have tethered your phone ?
    do you need to tell them
    do they charge you extra
    how do you tether your phone to laptop?

    that about covers all the silly questions from me sorry if its obvious but it aint to me:Doh:
     
  9. jaygee

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    On 3 "the one plan" you can tether legitimatly
    see here http://support.three.co.uk/srvs/cgi...sername=Mobile:mobileUser?s_search=helpsearch

    I have been with GiffGaff over the past year and have used their data sim but you need to have a dongle or and ipad, whereas with the 3 "one Plan" you can use your phone to tether other items and can also get it on a sim only one month rolling contract.
    You should be able to get a sim from any 3 shop or online if you have time.
     
  10. Bryan

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    OOPS! Triple whammy :Doh::Doh::Doh: :Rofl1:

    As giffgaff offer unlimited internet in their £10 goodybag (which also gives you unlimited texts and 250 minutes) they prohibit you from tethering.

    That's why they came out with the gigabags :thumb:

    That said, I know some users do tether and I've never heard of them having a problem, maybe because they are light users...don't know.

    So I use one sim in my phone and one in my dongle :Cool:
     
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    I use one gg sim in my I phone and one in I pad
    last month daughter Took a spare nokia phone
    To spain with the I pad sim in it
    Yes I know mini sim in the I pad

    when I cut the sim down to fit the I pad
    I kept the surrounding plastic bit
    put the mini sim back in the plastic
    And put it in the Nokia spare
    Got the sim cutter for £2.59 off ebay works a treat :thumb:
     
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  12. grumps147

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    If you can check where you may be going for coverage, its purely a personal thing but I have used O2 for work in many places, even big cities, and the coverage and speed of the 3 mifi and 3 sim far exceeds O2 everywhere i happen to have been. I cannot comment on the other providers, never used them.
     
  13. TheBig1

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    I found O2 useless on coverage in some areas, especially on campsites for some reason, so giffgaff using the same neywork will be the same

    I switched to using 3 on a mifi and have never had a problem since. I pay about £12 per 3 months by buying the 3, 3gb sims on ebay or amazon. once activated each sim stays live for 90 days or until 3gb used whichever first. they also do a 12gb 12 month sim available for about £50. all you need is an unlocked dongle or mifi....the settings for each operator are in the download section of this site, I added them a while back. you need to set the APN and password different for each network

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-Mobile-..._Home_Phones_Sim_Cards_CV&hash=item3cc52f1d9c
     
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