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Internet access via laptop/ntebook dongle and cell-phone network?



 
 
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Old September 7th 12, 02:04 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
N_Cook
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Default Internet access via laptop/ntebook dongle and cell-phone network?

A UK data carrier with a pay-as-you-go scheme that does not have automatic
expiry of the SIM or whatever after 3 months. Perhaps a small nominal
"re-registration" fee every 6 months or something. Totally divorced from any
mobile phone account - a stand-alone PC-dongle for rare "mobile" www access.


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Old September 7th 12, 02:24 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Andy Burns
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Default Internet access via laptop/ntebook dongle and cell-phone network?

N_Cook wrote:

A UK data carrier with a pay-as-you-go scheme that does not have automatic
expiry of the SIM or whatever after 3 months.


Vodafone *used* to sell a dongle+sim without expiry, you have to use it
every now and then to keep it live, and it's quite expensive per MB
unless you use it sparingly or infrequently - they pop-up on eBay.

Three sell a dongle with something like 12GB that's valid for 12 months.


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Old September 7th 12, 03:09 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
N_Cook
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Andy Burns wrote in message
o.uk...
N_Cook wrote:

A UK data carrier with a pay-as-you-go scheme that does not have

automatic
expiry of the SIM or whatever after 3 months.


Vodafone *used* to sell a dongle+sim without expiry, you have to use it
every now and then to keep it live, and it's quite expensive per MB
unless you use it sparingly or infrequently - they pop-up on eBay.

Three sell a dongle with something like 12GB that's valid for 12 months.




Anticipated useage would only be 100M per month so presumably at the end of
the "Three" then you loose 11GB , no carry over.


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Old September 7th 12, 03:15 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Andy Burns
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Default Internet access via laptop/ntebook dongle and cell-phone network?

N_Cook wrote:

Anticipated useage would only be 100M per month so presumably at the end of
the "Three" then you loose 11GB , no carry over.


I think so, there's a non-expiring voda one on eBay at the moment, but
it's eighty-odd quid delivered ...

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Old September 7th 12, 03:25 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
David Woodhouse
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Default Internet access via laptop/ntebook dongle and cell-phonenetwork?

On Fri, 2012-09-07 at 14:04 +0100, N_Cook wrote:
A UK data carrier with a pay-as-you-go scheme that does not have automatic
expiry of the SIM or whatever after 3 months. Perhaps a small nominal
"re-registration" fee every 6 months or something. Totally divorced from any
mobile phone account - a stand-alone PC-dongle for rare "mobile" www access.


http://www.aa.net.uk/telecoms-mobile-data.html perhaps, although it's
not precisely what you asked for. It's also 3G-only; no 2G fallback,
which is something to be aware of when pondering its coverage.

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Old September 7th 12, 04:28 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Brian Mc
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Default Internet access via laptop/ntebook dongle and cell-phone network?

N_Cook wrote:
: A UK data carrier with a pay-as-you-go scheme that does not have automatic
: expiry of the SIM or whatever after 3 months.

Three Mobile Broadband PAYG??

If you got an unlocked dongle off the likes of eBay then GiffGaff (O2)
sell "Gigabags" for data access.
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Old September 7th 12, 05:13 PM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
N_Cook
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David Woodhouse wrote in message
rg...
On Fri, 2012-09-07 at 14:04 +0100, N_Cook wrote:
A UK data carrier with a pay-as-you-go scheme that does not have

automatic
expiry of the SIM or whatever after 3 months. Perhaps a small nominal
"re-registration" fee every 6 months or something. Totally divorced from

any
mobile phone account - a stand-alone PC-dongle for rare "mobile" www

access.

http://www.aa.net.uk/telecoms-mobile-data.html perhaps, although it's
not precisely what you asked for. It's also 3G-only; no 2G fallback,
which is something to be aware of when pondering its coverage.


+++++

Thanks for that, looks the most promising so far. Wary of e-bay and grey
area of that even more so.
Thanks for the 2G/3G heads-up , I'll check what the 3G coverage areas are.
Won't be used for looking at film-downloads or any such bandwidth hungry
stuff, so 2p per MB is probably fine


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Old September 8th 12, 12:19 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
Michael Chare
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Default Internet access via laptop/ntebook dongle and cell-phone network?

On 07/09/2012 15:09, N_Cook wrote:
Andy Burns wrote in message
o.uk...
N_Cook wrote:

A UK data carrier with a pay-as-you-go scheme that does not have

automatic
expiry of the SIM or whatever after 3 months.


Vodafone *used* to sell a dongle+sim without expiry, you have to use it
every now and then to keep it live, and it's quite expensive per MB
unless you use it sparingly or infrequently - they pop-up on eBay.

Three sell a dongle with something like 12GB that's valid for 12 months.




Anticipated useage would only be 100M per month so presumably at the end of
the "Three" then you loose 11GB , no carry over.



I bought an unlocked Huawei E3131 from ebay. It works with contract
voice Sims that I have for Vodafone and T-Mpbile. I have not tried PAYG
voice Sims, but I presume that they would work.


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Old September 8th 12, 08:37 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
N_Cook
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Default Internet access via laptop/ntebook dongle and cell-phonenetwork?

David Woodhouse wrote in message
rg...
On Fri, 2012-09-07 at 14:04 +0100, N_Cook wrote:
A UK data carrier with a pay-as-you-go scheme that does not have

automatic
expiry of the SIM or whatever after 3 months. Perhaps a small nominal
"re-registration" fee every 6 months or something. Totally divorced from

any
mobile phone account - a stand-alone PC-dongle for rare "mobile" www

access.

http://www.aa.net.uk/telecoms-mobile-data.html perhaps, although it's
not precisely what you asked for. It's also 3G-only; no 2G fallback,
which is something to be aware of when pondering its coverage.

+++++

I like the idea of them having a dedicated usenet slot
uk.net.providers.aaisp
if only a previous unreliable ISP had had the same idea, much easier for
checking for outages as well as general queries



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Old September 9th 12, 12:06 AM posted to uk.telecom.broadband
David Woodhouse
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Default Internet access via laptop/ntebook dongle and cell-phonenetwork?

On Sat, 2012-09-08 at 08:37 +0100, N_Cook wrote:
I like the idea of them having a dedicated usenet slot
uk.net.providers.aaisp
if only a previous unreliable ISP had had the same idea, much easier for
checking for outages as well as general queries


There's also IRC: irc.z.je #a&a

http://www.aa.net.uk/kb-irc.html

You'll usually get a quicker response there.

 




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