VERY URGENT ! MiFi advice needed

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  1. veevee

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    Asked wife to pop into Southend to buy a 3 MiFi dongle, a Huawei E586, she is standing in Southend High Street as I type.

    I had phoned the Southend 3 shop to confirm a couple of points and that they had stock.

    Rosie was told by sales person that this device and the 3 data will not work abroad, so Rosie phones me here in France, what to do?

    She's off to get a cup of tea and hope that I can confirm it's the right thing to buy, she is supposed to bring it with her when she travels here tomorrow so time is of the essence.

    Anybody understand why the sales person said this?

    We understand the roaming charges are high, but 90% of the email use will be in the UK, and we only need email via our tablet. The sales person was stating that the device and 3 network partners would not work in Europe.

    Help please.

    ps: if we get this do we register the device/sim in the UK or register it in France when we need to use it in 3 weeks time. We are buying the +3 option with 3GB and 3 months duration
     
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    I question this myself a few weeks ago on MHF

    I question this myself a few weeks ago on MHF.. I was told by those that know that you can use it...

    I do know it works well in the UK.

    I think he is saying you have to be aware of the very high charges if you use one.. it has a normal 3 small sim card in it.

    Bob
     
  3. veevee

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    Thanks Bob

    Rosie did persist and mention that I had phoned and said we wanted to use this 90% UK and 10% Europe. When I phoned they immediately mentioned the 'outrageous' roaming charges and I said I had read their PAYG price plan for using in Europe and was comfortable with that as it was only email, not surfing even.

    The seller repeated several times this will not work in Europe, it was a point the seller wasn't going to move from.

    Rosie doesn't usually worry or panic, but felt she had to force the sales person to sell it to us, all this she found at odds with what I had learnt.

    Thanks
     
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    The MIFi is great and to be honest it works well against all the other providers. Ive also used mine in Cyprus and Italy I suspect through a partner. If its pay as you go it will not work of your normal balance you have to select international top up on your account. Its ok for add hoc emails and access when need it will get pricey if you download pictures and all that stuff.

    You could unlock it and get a local card where you go.
     
  5. veevee

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    Have just spoken with 3, their website is down as overloaded because of iPhone? release.

    The chap just said what in effect you have just written that the roaming charges are very very high.
    I thought I had read about their data roaming charges on their website, but not being able to access the site I can't confrim if I was right or wrong.

    The same advice really, unlock the device and use a local sim with local data charges, but data in France is very very expensive and the sims here expire so rapidly too.

    Hey ho, what to do.

    Thanks
     
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    I have a 3 with 12gb on it

    i have a PAYG 3 with a 12g sim... it is activated the first time you use it and runs for up to 12 months or when you have used the 12 g up.

    It is very good and I have not used much of the 12g I paid for.. mine is locked to 3.

    Bob
     
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    Managed to get into part of the 3 website, it gives detail for data to be used via a phone, not a MiFi device.

    It states that if you are on PAYG (for a phone?) you don't have to log in and register for using abroad, only if on contract. Whether this applies to MiFi not sure.

    The charges although high at 69.6p per MB abroad (for a phone only?) are acceptable for our first experiment with it..

    We have a trip coming up in 3 weeks and want to use that as a trial run to work out what works for us and what I have got right or wrong. We are using it to set up mobile communications on a more permanent basis in the near future, so it's important to have a shot at using all this new to us stuff.
     
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    If the MIfi is locked you will be able to use it abraod as long as you have activated International use.

    However if you wish to use 3 and it is a PAYG sim, their PAYG roaming charges will be 69.6 p per Mb..:cry::Eeek:

    http://www.three.co.uk/Support/Roaming_and_international/Going_abroad_Pay_As_You_Go/Destination_Details?content_aid=1214306374696

    If you have a 3 contract then you can use your home package for £5 per day (0000 - 2359hrs ). Still not the cheapest.:cry:

    If it is an unlocked MIfi you can use a local sim but in France that is still not too cheap and often not very easy to set up....
     
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    Might be worth checking the following;

    Joyce changed her mobile contract to Three recently and was told it would work on roaming in France with no problem.
    What they failed to tell her, we only found out when we were over in France :Angry:, roaming was not available for a period of 60 days from the start of the contract. Brian
     
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    This looks quite interesting. http://www.lefrenchmobile.com/
    They will deliver the sim to any eu country.
    Another option is the O2 deal which is 1.99E a day for up to 25 mb of data when abroad. We've been in France 4 weeks and I've used it occasionally to check emails. My one beef with them is that having used it a few days and used nothing like the 25mb allowance I used it and went a little over (27mb). They sent me a very nippy text saying 'do that again and we'll put you on the expensive tariff. The problem is that you can't see how much you've used until they text you.
     
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    Vodafone do a £3 per day charge when over there to cover for all-- you can use your phone as normal with calls,internet ,same number and use it as a mifi hotspot for other devices :thumb:
     
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    Only if you have tethering allowed on your Vodafone account for UK.

    Some Vodafone contract do not allow thethering, it only allows mobile data, ie on your phone.
     
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    and rather expensive when compared to 25mb for 1.99 with O2 which you quote......

    3 Euro for 10mb or 7 Euro for 50 mb......

    http://www.lefrenchmobile.com/en/data-bundles.html
     
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    OK, decided to go back into 3 shop, buy Huawei E586 with +3 PAYG package, get it unlocked and and walk out.

    This evening will follow all the threads with info on best deal for data useage in Europe and use the 3 sim only in the UK.

    Have read that some have had trouble getting a non 3 supplier sim to work on 2G, but there is always an answer.

    Latest - Rosie has just come out of the shop as she has been told they have no stock!!! Yesterday afternoon my call to the same shop was yes we've loads of stock of the E586, what a load of...
    Offered her a 355 or such, but know it doesn't have the same full spec that the E586 does. The sales person said it did everything the E586 does.

    Rosie has just gone back in 2 minutes later, " yes we do have the E586 but only on contract or PAYG with the +12GB option at £120+ cost, what a bunch of lying toads, poor Rosie.

    Off to find a Huawei E586, it's so difficult to spend money.
     
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    Veevee...Would you keep me up to date with what you are doing...eg Mifi in France..I am very interested, as I was just about to do the same myself with a Uk unlocked mifi in France with a payag French sim[SI:thumb: I will hang fire for now

    I had heard that a UK mifi would not work in France...WHY:Doh: I do not know why it should'nt...may be it is the poaching problem buying and using a cheaper UK mifi in the more expensive France....a bit like the sky tv....that is why I was thinking on the unlocked method...
    Mel
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    yes it does look expensive but if you want to use more than 25mb a day O2 is neither use nor ornament. The bigger packages are cheaper on the lefrench deal. This trip we're using site wifi when we can, free on the odd times we can find it (which isn't often) and O2 for check in the rest of the time.
    I'm sure they will get it sorted out eventually and offer a reasonable deal for mifi.
    When is anyone's guess...
     
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    If you want more data allowance, then Vodafone allow you to use your UK contract as if you were in UK, for £3 per day. Ideal for occasional days when you have no wifi access...
     
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    I purchased the same model a few weeks ago . Logged on to the 3 website and bought £30 ofeurope data use age. I am now in Avignon ( what a drive that was)! And using Mifi. It seems fi e just don't know how much my £30 will get me.
    Cheers.
     
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    From just over £60 unlocked on eBay..... don't know how much 3 are charging these days..

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?LH_BIN=1&_sacat=0&_nkw=e586+unlocked&LH_PrefLoc=1
     
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    Will do Mel, I will have bought something by this evening and researched some of the Euro data offers by very late tonight.

    I'll let you know the outcome with as much graphic detail as you want, just tell me when to stop!
     
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