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Post by Guest on Sun 14 May 2017 - 10:33

Whats the best option for mobile wifi, i don't want a monthly bill just top up when required.
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Post by meanchris on Sun 14 May 2017 - 11:00

There are several options.

I like a Huawei MiFi and "3" PAYG DATA SIM, mostly because the MiFi can be positioned for the best signal in remote places.

We have a Huawei e5331 and an e5332 (which has an external aerial socket).
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Post by Paulmold on Sun 14 May 2017 - 11:51

I also have a Huawei with 3 SIM . 12gb or 12 months whichever comes first, £30 from 3 shop but available from Amazon cheaper usually. I also have my phone on O2 so a choice if one signal not available.

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Post by Libraryman2 on Sun 14 May 2017 - 11:55

I like a Huawei MiFi and "3" PAYG DATA SIM


Ditto....

I order the 12 month data sim from 3, it lasts 12 month ...or less if you use it all!


12 gig for £30.00.   However, I do not top them up although you can if you wish but it's expensive that way!


Best I've seen or used!


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Post by paul bullock on Sun 14 May 2017 - 12:07

HI Frazzle, yes the hauwei is good , I have 4g sim 6GB for 12 months ,cost £16.99 on Amazon, don't bother with the exterior aerial its more effective to just move it around to get the best signal   Regards      Paul wave
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Post by Mike187 on Sun 14 May 2017 - 12:55

Another Hauwei user with 3 12 GB data SIM cards from Amazon. Not had a problem with it in U.K. Can be used abroad, but I have no experience of using it, so need to check 3 website for countries covered and conditions.

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Post by Traficlady on Sun 14 May 2017 - 14:43

I used the 3 sim over the winter in France, Spain and Portugal. The signal was very good. 

You can use it with "feel at home" in, I think, the whole of the EU. The web site will tell you.

I've just changed my mobile phone to Three with 8gb data a month. Just hope I can use that as successfully.

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Post by Guest on Sun 14 May 2017 - 15:15

Don't forget if you have a good data package with your current mobile contract roaming charges in the EU will stop as of the 1st June up!
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Post by Peter Brown on Sun 14 May 2017 - 15:37

Oddsnends wrote:Don't forget if you have a good data package with your current mobile contract roaming charges in the EU will stop as of the 1st June up!

!5th June with Vodafone - I will be having a party in France on that day!

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Post by roli on Sun 14 May 2017 - 16:46

Go along with the others. 3 mifi, pays. Had one for years and have used it at home when openwoe have taken their time to repair landline

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Post by daisy mae on Sun 14 May 2017 - 21:10

Also a Huawei  user with a £30  " 3 " PAYG  12 month sim from eBay bought two last year, still on the first one, just back today from Norfolk, it worked brilliantly no problem getting a signal, as quick as at home and do have the fibre broadband at home .Highly recommended,

I have "3" PAYG sim on my phone, do not have any contracts for anything, I prefer to pay as I go.

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Post by Guest on Sun 14 May 2017 - 22:45

We are PAYG with BT, a few weeks ago we were in Switzerland and OH decided to upload some pics to Facebook but forgot to turn roaming off, £71.00 I kid you not tap_fingers .
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Post by Mike187 on Mon 15 May 2017 - 8:47

You make a good point Matt, also make sure you have automatic updates of apps turned off which can use quite a a lot without you noticing. 
With a pre paid Sim at least you can't run up a large bill, it just stops working when you have used all the data.

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Post by matchlessman on Mon 15 May 2017 - 9:07

I'm with 3 with a 30GB / 12 month data SIM. Only using a 3G MiFi unit, but pretty good results. I also have a 3 phone with 8GB of data a moth so I tend to tether devices to the phone in the UK and use the MiFi whilst in France. (can't tether phone abroad, but you can still use internet on it OK).
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Post by Askit on Mon 15 May 2017 - 10:26

Just to be different.......I've got a TP-Link mi-fi with the 3 PAYG data sim. So far, impressed with coverage and speed.

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Post by Nicnaen on Mon 15 May 2017 - 14:58

I too use a TP - Link and purchase one off sim cards through Amazon or similar. I used to have an EE account where I added data as necessary but found this a very cumbersome process and have found the annual 'new sim each time' card simpler. The 30 day card didn't really work for me.
The TP-Link has been faultless for me with no problems whichever service provider I have used.
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Post by Guest on Tue 16 May 2017 - 20:15

If i buy one of these devices unlocked, i can use any sim card from any mobile company, say i put a 3 sim in when that runs out can i put a o2 sim in or will i have to use whatever is the first sim i put in.

If that makes sense.
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Post by Guest on Tue 16 May 2017 - 20:18

I see most of replies above use 3 is there some reason for that as ee as much better coverage.
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Post by daisy mae on Tue 16 May 2017 - 21:07

3 rates are the cheapest of all, 3p per min. if phone is unlocked any sim can be used regardless of the first one.

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Post by meanchris on Tue 16 May 2017 - 21:08

frazzle wrote:If i buy one of these devices unlocked, i can use any sim card from any mobile company, say i put a 3 sim in when that runs out can i put a o2 sim in or will i have to use whatever is the first sim i put in.

If that makes sense.

If the device is unlocked you can use any operators' SIM in it (the only caveat being that it has to support the correct bands, not a problem with European devices but could be an issue with some USA SIMs)

frazzle wrote:I see most of replies above use 3 is there some reason for that as ee as much better coverage.

It used to be that only "3" had the "Feel at Home" option, to use the SIM in various countries as well as the UK.
Now Vodafone have a similar plan, and there will soon be changes to EU roaming laws.
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Post by Mike187 on Tue 16 May 2017 - 21:34

3 is more flexible than EE. I use the 12GB/12 month 3 sim, which you can use as you wish, all in in a week if you want whereas EE 12GB card only lets you use 2GB per month and lasts for 6 months. Both are fairly similar in price.
Not a problem of coverage in U.K. But I have not used it abroad.

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Post by SteveUK on Wed 17 May 2017 - 16:45

£4.39 free delivery if you want 1GB for a month:

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£24.99 free delivery for 12GB over 12 months

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Post by Guest on Thu 18 May 2017 - 14:30

Thanks for your help have ordered a Hawei and a 3 card.
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