Vodafone USB wireless dongle unlock

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  1. DiggerJon

    DiggerJon Funster

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    I have a three year old PAYG Vodafone E5385 wireless dongle which is locked to the Vodafone network and has software to install a program on windows based systems. Vodafone obviously don't like it any more and don't sell it because I only have to use it once in 90 days for the credit to be preserved for another 90 days - instead of the new £10 monthly rolling contract. I now have a MacBook and it is useless, but I still have over £11 of credit on it and would like to use it in a mifi so I can share my ipad with it.

    My question is, can this dongle be unlocked so I can use it, or its SIM card in a mifi system? I have searched the Internet, but I don't understand the answers - if any!
     
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    I bought a Huawei unlocked mifi unit off fleabay and tried a variety of SIM cards in it. One of them came out of a locked rolling credit Vodafone dongle. They all worked, but I prefer the 3 Network.
     
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    It should work if you take out the SIM Card and put it in an unlocked MiFi.

    Cheers
     
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    I am using the same sim card in my mifi :thumb:
     
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    the sim card is not locked to the dongle, so can be used in any unlocked mifi or similar

    you would only need to unlock the dongle if you intended to use it with another sim. i have the unlocking software to create a code, but honestly cant see why you would want to. these dongles are now obsolete as the new technology is about 4x faster or better. its like connecting your home computer to the internet via an old 56k modem. although the height of technology once its now pretty much worthless. i have a few in a drawer somewhere and couldnt even be bothered to try selling on ebay. probably i will put them in one of the charity boxes destined for africa, where all the old mobile phones go
     
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    I belive that you can request the service provider to unlock your device after 12 months free of charge.
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    Wyn
     
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    I would put it on ebay as these non expiring dongles are very sought after, they are no longer available from any phone company.

    I would not part with mine as it is an excellent back up connection for me.

    Peter
     
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    Am in York and have just had this conversation with the Vodafone shop
    It appears these timeless dongles are not liked by Vodafone and everythging is now geared to wireless dongles which are £55 with some credit ready installed. If you have an iPhone you can configure it to share your internet in the same way as a dongle. I don't know how but the tech guy did mine at the store (a favuor).
    If you purchase a new wireless dongle make sure it the upto date 4G item.
    As a matter of interest I have been offered £200 for my timeless dongle, worth thinking about. Good luck in your search.
     
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    Hi

    I have used these guys service and can recommend it. He got back to me with the unlocks code for my mifi in minutes and the unlock was so easy. I bought another huawei e586 and the unlock for that was just as quick. :thumb:

    Kevin and Tricia
     
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    Thanks for replies

    A great help from all of you - so many thanks. I think that I shall go the "use it all up" route and then ditch it or sell it on ebay. I have not found the Vodafone network brilliant (Scarborough especially!) and will go with Three sims bought for about £12 for 3GB use or 3 months n my mifi. It would seem I would have to spend a lot to save a little. Ah well, like a lot of modern technology, it is soon outdated!
     
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    the non expiring SIM card is certainly worth good money, but not the dongle. you can put the SIM in any other device to keep the non expiring deal
     
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    Eureka - a working dongle!!

    I don't like giving up! I finally managed to get my Vodafone PAYG dongle to work on my MacBook and on my Hauwei mifi device. I found this geeky link which spelt it out and it worked!!!

    http://www.computertipstrick.info/m...tick-mobile-broadband-on-your-macbook-mac-os/

    Once the software was installed on my Macbook, the dongle was recognised and worked first time and then, being bold, I put the SIM in my Hauwei mifi and altered the profile settings for vodafone which I had taken from the software runnng the dongle and Eureka! It worked! Only downside? I have to use the sim in the dongle when I need to top up the credits.

    Many thanks for all the help from you funsters; it just spurred me on!
     
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