Unlocked dongle

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  1. nomadic

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    We met up with a couple of friends, for lunch, recently. They had just returned from Spain after a six month stay. During lunch the conversation turned to mobile broadband...we said we intended to unlock one of our dongles and purchase a local data card, on our next trip.

    They said "hard luck mate" from October or November only nationals with a residential address will be allowed to purchase data cards...........has anyone else heard of this one............is it back to the library, or wifi????????:Doh:

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  2. Hymer

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    hi, when in Spain last Dec/Jan we read about a new law which said that all sims had to be registered by a certain date or they would be disabled. We bought a Carrefour sim to use in an unlocked phone without being asked for details but went back to register it later. I also bought a Vodafone sim and had to give UK address and passport number. They also said it could not be used for data but the procedure is to just put sufficient credit on and then text certain codes to a number to purchase various amounts of data.


    This : Spain SIM cards - DATA ENABLED SIM CARDS - Unbeatable Prices - spainSIM.com

    explains the basic system but you do not need one of their expensive sims. It may be a bit out of date by now tho. The data prices have dropped a lot since and some extra credit was added to the sim by Vodafone both for electronically registering and as special deals at the time. You have to top up every 9 months or lose the credit and if you don't do that then the number is lost after 12 months.

    The Spanish Vodafone website also explains but I don't think it has an English section for data.

    Vodafone: Telefonía Móvil

    I don't know if they have now restricted things to Spanish residents only . The law was introduced to combat terrorist acts after the Madrid bombings, which were set off by mobile phone.


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    Hi

    Have a word with the team at a firm called Phone Tek Nation based in Weston Super Mare.

    Phone Tek-Nation

    Russell

    I will add that in Italy, it is necessary to produce a proof if Italian address and a codice fiscale - the latter being an Italian tax code number.
     
  4. johnsandywhite

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    :Cool:Yes. Things are changing. I had to buy another Sim chip back in January. They scannesd my Passport and took address details. So in theory? I am registered? :RollEyes:
     
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    Knee jerk reaction by the authorities if you ask me. All the terrorists will do is steal sims or mobiles. As usual the liberties of 'free' people are reduced even more.

    I know, I know, in the scheme of things there are far more serious issues than not being able to buy sim cards in Spain but do we really want a world where everything has to be registered to everybody with the issue of personal privacy and the dangers that in itself creates where anybody with a criminal mind and the knowledge can steal private data?

    Where will it stop? 2084 ..... introduction of registration law for shopping at the local Hyperstore before being eligible to purchase food?

    It's bad enough with ID theft and credit/debit card fraud where databases are hacked and the data stolen.

    It'll all end in tears you mark my word! :cry:

    It's alright I'm cool now :Smile:
     
  6. vindiboy

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    I read somewhere that unregistered phones here in England were to be switched off if not registered by a certain date.Anyone know more on that ??
     
  7. nomadic

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    Thanks for ypur reply.

    I am advised that "yoigo" cards are suited for mobile broadband, as they are limited to €1.20/day, cost €20.00 but not sure of its life, a month or more.:Angry:

    They are available from yoigo, phonehouse and carrefour, so a good selection of supply points.:RollEyes:

    Seems I will have to try the system, but as a visitor I could have a problem, we shall see!!:Blush:

    Still with wifi at €28/month....unlimited.....I may go that way, although I have less faith in wifi, just now.

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    Got a 3dongle unlocked just about and now works on 02 for only £10 a year,but bit slow
     
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