warning data consumption rate in europe

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  1. DavidG58

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    just a word of caution to anybody coming abroad and using mobile data devices

    I have just accidentally gobbled through 5Gb of data in about 3 hours

    turned on access to our home security which allows me to see home external cameras live via internet, up to about 3 this afternoon we had used 2Gb out 7Gb pre purchased, by half 7 the other 5 had gone

    the only difference in usage appears to be accessing these cameras, I regularly do this when away but normally on somebody elses wifi, might need to rethink this
     
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    You were streaming video i think. Tha fastest way to gobble data hence sites are now blocking Filmon etc!
     
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    That's the good thing about EE, no data roaming charges. You buy a set amount of data and when it's gone, it's gone
     
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    we had a set amount of 7Gb that had lasted us 16 days, I just wasted the last 5Gb, just had to buy some more :mad:
     
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    Typical !
    We're looking at MIFI in our van
    3 have a data only sim that you can use in many EU countries
     
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    I am thinking of getting an iPhone 6 If I had an all you can eat date bundle can I link it into my applemac and iPad?
     
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    that is what we have, a good device (motorhomewifi) once you master connection

    bought the 3 sim for European use, virtually useless in Spain, good in France, if it had not been for my niaivity (apologies for spelling)
     
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    I was in at the"3" store last week to get my phone upgrade only to be told that they don't do the same package anymore as it was costing them money as data was unlimited:(. I could keep the contract I had but couldn't have a new phone or take out a new contract:unsure: They checked my data usage & it comes out at 13GB a month on average!(y) Needles to say I stayed with current contract lol.

    Note to self don't browse Youtube so much. :):)
     
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    I have "3" with the all you can eat unlimited Data package on the "One" Plan which allows totally unlimited tethering. This plan is no longer available. When away in the van in UK we tether all our devices to my phone.

    If I upgrade the phone in future I will keep this plan, as the new "unlimited data" plans only allow about 3Gb of tethering a month.

    When abroad in the 3 Feel at home countries you cannot tether a laptop, as its cuts your data connection off if you try to, but you can tether an iPad as you are still using Apps and therefore it does not cut you off.

    For countries where the 3 "Feel at Home" is not yet working I use my Huawei MiFi with either local sims, such as Bliep in Holland, which gives you 500 mb per day at high speed then continues but at slow speed for the rest of the day for just € 0.50 cents per day.

    If I am somewhere just for a day or two and don't have a local sim I use my Europa sim card, also 500 mb per day at high speed then continues at slow speed but € 3 per day.
     
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    I just upgraded my Galaxy S3 at the 3 Store and took a 10.5"Galaxy Tab S at £25 pm with 15GB data. It came with a Huawei mifi which I took although I already had one. There was an alternative of the same Tab with a SIM option. The phone I kept on a PAYGO AT £7 a month and yes, no tethering any more. When she checked my account for options she said "Ah, you made one phone call last month" :rolleyes: Read somewhere recently many people are actually using phones for anything but calls these days. That's my excuse anyway.
     
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    hi rob
    there is still data roaming charges robert. i am sitting in spain at the moment with a EE data sim with 3 gb left on it and it wont work . i have had to buy data roaming add ons with the call credit on the sim , £3 for 50mb! unless i am missing something or not setting it up properly of course.
    went into orange shop yesterday and bought a 1gb data sim valid for 30 days for €10 so thats good value but would love to use up the rest of my data on the EE sim. cheers sean
     
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    Hi Seanoo - your EE data allowance is only for the UK. Whenever you travel abroad your have to buy an add on
    The point I was making was that with EE, you cant run up an unexpected bill - you'll never pay more than the cost of the add on.
    Having said that the cost of the add on's is HIGH, so we're looking for a cheaper alternative for our travels next year - probably a MIFI and buy a data card locally. Then use the MIFI to provide internet for two phones in the van
    Hope the weather is good with you!

    Regards
    Robert
     
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    cheers for clearing that up for me , i was hoping you would tell me that i could you my remaining data though!
    never mind , the orange local sim is quite good value i think.
    weather is peachy , 25 today!
     
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    If you have Android it is worth logging onto the Play store before you leave the UK and disable automatic updates. This will reduce data usage but it will also prevent your connection being monopolised for hours on end while it downloads updates.

    To make this change, open Play store then tap on the 3 little bars in the top left hand corner then select settings.
     
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