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Mobile Broadband - Recommendations?


dark_lord e2
10 1.5k 145 England
13 Jul 2009 7:13PM
I'm thinking of getting mobile broadband for the laptop when I'm out and about or away. This isn't to replace normal broadband, so I don't expect heavy usage (though viewing images on epz isn't going to help, is it?)
I have looked at some options and looked in the forums, but these things change often so I'm after some up to date recommendations on providers. Any that should be avoided, standard of coverage, experience of customer service, that's what helps make a decision. Ultimately it will be my decision but I haven't got any preference at the moment.

Keith

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geoffash26 10 2.5k United Kingdom
13 Jul 2009 7:22PM
For similar reasons Just bought the £39 voda pay as you go no expiry as long as you log on every 180 days then top up as needed top up as you need
Geoff
dark_lord e2
10 1.5k 145 England
13 Jul 2009 7:32PM
Thanks Geoff.
I guess you can't compare it to others unless you know someone else with a different provider, so how have you found it so far?
M0TFT 8 71 England
13 Jul 2009 7:38PM
I'd check that you will have a good signal... I got a PAYG O2, and its not too bad at home, but very slow less than dial-up used to be at work!!!

Good locations, ok!

Alan
geoffash26 10 2.5k United Kingdom
13 Jul 2009 7:47PM

Quote:Thanks Geoff.
I guess you can't compare it to others unless you know someone else with a different provider, so how have you found it so far?



Even on a weak signal the speed is acceptable for browsing the web

Wouldn't want to download videos but at the end of the day its to keep up to date on weather and forums when away for a night or two and for that I believe it will be perfect
Geoff
dark_lord e2
10 1.5k 145 England
13 Jul 2009 7:54PM

Quote:very slow less than dial-up used to be at work!!!


Painful!


Quote:its to keep up to date on weather and forums when away for a night or two and for that I believe it will be perfect


Sounds about what I'm looking for.
POD e2
5 22 England
13 Jul 2009 8:55PM
I use T Mobiles mobile broadband and have found the connection speed pretty good, but as with any mobile system it depends on how close or far away you are from a transmitter. I pay £15 a month for 3GB and find it adequate, its a fair usage contract and they donít charge when you go over your 3GB by a few mb/s, unlike all the rest. But at the end of the day itíll be down to which company has the best signal were you plan to use it. Otherwise its just a useless piece of plastic sticking out the side of your p.c.
pcheywood 9 1.3k England
13 Jul 2009 8:59PM
I'm on 3 network here,free dongle, 5GB a month £7.50. It used to be not too good, but since April it's been blazing (lots of new transmitters apparently).
dark_lord e2
10 1.5k 145 England
13 Jul 2009 9:52PM
Thanks for your input. Looks like the main issues are cost and download limits.
I admit transmitters are important but I guess whoever I go with sods law and pot luck will crop up in some locations Sad

Just another question, can you monitor your download amounts easily? I've downloaded a broadband meter piece of software from thinkbroadband.com but not installed yet.
Snapper 9 3.8k 3 United States Outlying Islands
13 Jul 2009 10:35PM
Don't know where you live, but you might want to check this out to see how your area looks.
Britman 8 1.7k England
13 Jul 2009 10:40PM
I have the 3 and Vodafone dongles, both have pretty decent speed. However I tend to use the Voda because the credit doesn't run out after 30 days, on 3 it does. Also on 3 you buy topup but then have to exchange that for data, easy enough through the web portal.
Artois 8 405 1 United Kingdom
13 Jul 2009 10:46PM
I have the vodafone dongle for when I am away from home. I use it for about 10 days a month and have not yet hit 1gb usage in a month. I don't download music and video though which is where I think the monthly usage would get eaten up. I pay £15 incl per month with up to 3gb usage. I have had it 3 months and no problems to date.

Stella
dark_lord e2
10 1.5k 145 England
13 Jul 2009 10:48PM
Thanks snapper, that's a good link. As i intend to use it out and about this will give me an idea what to expect. I see it was only from last week, too.
Britman, that's given me something else to think about, too.
peterjones 12 4.0k 1 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 7:54AM
The other day I bought this one

It seems to fly in a so so area for mobile reception.

Peter
Miles Herbert 12 1.8k 4 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 8:56AM
Vodafone block certain sites, including some photo sites, by default due to perceived adult content. You have to contact Vodafone to manually have this lifted using a credit card as proof of age...

I currently use a prepaid 3 Dongle thingy ... it's ok, not exactly broadband like I have at home, but it's better then nothing when out and about. I think if I were given the choice today I would go for the Vodafone one due to the fact that your credit does not expire.

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