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Internet on laptop- short (or no) contract??


DANZIG

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Hi.

I've seen adverts from various company's for a little thing that sticks in the side of a laptop and (using a mobile phone) enables internet access anywhere.

I like that idea, but don't want it for a year or whatever the minimum contract is.

All I would want it for is maybe a couple of months when I'm on holiday.

Does anyone know of any company that does such a thing?

Thanks.

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Acx

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I must admit I read about Fon a few months ago and thought it sounded good (if it takes off and you can move around with ease). I might try it in the future.

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merciarich

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I have had some time to play with the dongle now and have the following things to point out:

* The dongle doesnt like firewalls, espiecally during installation

* Dont remove the SIM card from the dongle... EVER - it causes hardware problems that take ages to sort out (it involves removing the software and reloading back on and setting the dongle back up again)

* The dongle can go very very slow sometimes

* The in-built software isnt as accurate and detailed as I'd have hoped - you have to rely on 3's interpretation of your usage using My3

* HOWEVER, accessing My3 is free. In fact, the whole of the 3 website is free to access and doesnt count as part of your usage. So you can top up and check your web balances for free

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peter99co

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I set-up a two year contract with 3 @ £15 a month and the modem was free and it is worth saying that as far as i know t-mobile and 3 share the same network so you should get good coverage in the future. Just keep an eye on the meter and post back if you are able to, an average days usage realtime. I am allowed 3 gig per month. If this works out well I could cancel my home broadband contract. The 3 dongle can be used on a PC just as well.

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merciarich

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EDIT:

Mis-typed the usage figures.

The guy in the shop said 3gb means using it for 3 hours a day, every day for 30 days.

Sorry if I confused anybody.

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merciarich

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Just to advise:

Just purchased the 3 mobile Usb modem.

Worth every penny. £99 for the modem, plus £15 for 30 days use - limited to 3gb

3gb equates to 3 hours full usage over 30 days. I wont be using it for 30 days in a month, more like 15-20, so I'm sure I wont hit 3gb.

Highly recomended to all. Easy setup, easy to use.

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merciarich

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If you were going to look down the hotspot option (even though this wouldn't really suit the OPs situation) - I would look at signing up for FON

Not to mention, you get a free FON router with a new subscription to PCAdvisor. If you agree to share your router with other users of the FON network, you can use other peoples when on the move.

All 100% secure as well

click here

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Acx

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Points very well put

I must agree when you say 'a fair usage policy applies of 200MB a month. If you go over this, expect a very VERY big bill'.

I did point out 'that you may be restricted to mainly browsing though' and I must admit that I did assume that the user would check prices/availability/thier online bill before coming to their own conclusions on whether to use this route.

Actually I like peter99co's suggestion the best

'You can purchase hot spot cards from BT for short periods, I would check their website for WIFI Hotspots'.

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merciarich

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"O2 do what they call a Bolt on which you can cancel after a few months"

The o2 bolt-ons can be changed every 90-days on pay monthly and monthly on a Pay and Go

BUT - you CAN NOT access the internet on a laptop using this bolt-on. You must not (as stated in the terms) use the phone as a modem (ie connecting it up to a laptop) and a fair usage policy applies of 200MB a month. If you go over this, expect a very VERY big bill.

If you wanted to look at the o2 option, it costs £30 for "WebMAX" on a 12 or 18 month contract. This gives you unlimited 2.0MB/s speeds via your mobile.

The best option is to go with the 3 option, pay the £99 for the modem then go Pay and Go. This is a good choice for short term use as you only top it up when you need to use it! For longer-term use, consider getting it on a 12 month contract

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peter99co

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you can purchase hot spot cards from BT for short periods I would check their website for WIFI Hotspots

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Acx

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If you have a Mobile Phone that is capable of accessing the Internet you can probably use that as that as a modem, you don't need T-Mobile's £100 USB Modem (I would only look at that for long term use not short term).

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