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Post by Cazz on Sun 06 Nov 2011, 8:59 pm

We're not with three at the moment, but will be for internet at the December.

The 3 dongle speed can cope with 21mbps, I think it said, but it will depend on the signal strength in your area. The only way I can think to check the speed is on a data speed measurer available on line, which is no good if you haven't bought one yet. scratch I got a free sim card from 3, and found I could get 3 bars of 3G, with our current Vodafone, we get 1 sometimes 2 bars in the garden, no bars inside. Rolling Eyes

Regarding price, it will depend on how much data and phone use you use. I use maximum of 300 mins per month and just under 2mb data on the netbook, so for us having seperates is cheaper. £10 phone + PAYG 3 data = less than £25 per month.

Some companies unlimited data, has a fair useage policy, meaning you are restricted, the all you can eat data is 3's name for it, but theirs is not restricted.
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Post by Tow Itch on Sun 06 Nov 2011, 9:17 pm

21mbps thats quicker than almost all standard landlines.
Mind you up to and reality are two different things.
I must speed test my dongle and try to find out about my phone.
Would a speed test on the phone itself equate or does it loose speed in transit to the laptop?
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Post by Cazz on Sun 06 Nov 2011, 9:28 pm

My dad pays for a fast speed, but their phone lines just can't do it, so I do ask him why he pays? Rolling Eyes

Our current dongle is on a 5 metre USB extension, apparently it can effect it a bit, but I don't know by how much, I've never done a speed check to compare, I will sit in the garden tomorrow and have a go.

I'm also now looking at the 3's mi-fi, instead of a dongle.
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Post by mike on Mon 07 Nov 2011, 2:43 pm

Kevin as far as i know this is your choice on the one plan[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] i opted for the wildfire s because it was the cheapest and it may sound daft but i knew i wouldn't be surfing on the phone all that much,most of the time it would be tethered.
£25 is not cheap but with the 2000 any network mins and the internet it replaced my land line mobile phone and dongle so i saved money,speed is obviously dependent on signal and how busy the network is up to now i have found it faster than both dongles,the fixed line internet from virgin i dumped over a year ago as they consistently reduced my bandwidth ? at busy times,i guess it depends on what you want to do i find it suites my surfing needs,the only things 3 say you cant do is peer to peer file sharing or use it for commercial purposes.

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Post by Cazz on Mon 07 Nov 2011, 2:52 pm

mike wrote:Been offered an interesting item today,its a box you plug your 3g dongle into and it creates a wi-fi hot spot,so you can position the dongle for reception and not have a cable running to your laptop,just waiting for a price on it.

mike

What gadgety gismo is this, and did you get it?

I've been looking at 3's mi-fi, any thoughts on that please?
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Post by mike on Mon 07 Nov 2011, 4:27 pm

cazz wrote:
mike wrote:Been offered an interesting item today,its a box you plug your 3g dongle into and it creates a wi-fi hot spot,so you can position the dongle for reception and not have a cable running to your laptop,just waiting for a price on it.

mike

What gadgety gismo is this, and did you get it?

I've been looking at 3's mi-fi, any thoughts on that please?

No the guy on the forum said he would sell it to me cheap but it was only £10 cheaper than Amazon so i said no,the mi-fi looks good but they are introducing one that takes a dongle i believe so that would be the best of both worlds,hot spot or usb connection.

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Post by Cazz on Mon 07 Nov 2011, 4:35 pm

mike wrote:they are introducing one that takes a dongle i believe so that would be the best of both worlds,hot spot or usb connection.

mike

I've not seen that one yet, we've only got a 2 year Vodafone dongle at the mo, but that contract ends about, exactly a month. So we are looking at a replacement for then. I think we will pop in the 3 shop in town tomorrow and have a look.
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Post by mike on Mon 07 Nov 2011, 5:31 pm

cazz wrote:
mike wrote:they are introducing one that takes a dongle i believe so that would be the best of both worlds,hot spot or usb connection.

mike

I've not seen that one yet, we've only got a 2 year Vodafone dongle at the mo, but that contract ends about, exactly a month. So we are looking at a replacement for then. I think we will pop in the 3 shop in town tomorrow and have a look.

Been looking for the link but cant find it now,i know its not out yet but due soon,just a thought when you checked the 3 signal on your phone did it just show bars or did it say 3g because i understand the bars on a phone can show good signal strength for gprs only and you would need 3g ofcourse.

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Post by mike on Mon 07 Nov 2011, 5:45 pm

cazz try this link [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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Post by Cazz on Mon 07 Nov 2011, 6:06 pm

Thanks for that link, it's interesting.

My phone on Vodafone says which signal, by means of letters, (G, 3G or H) the bars are measuring, the 3 one just had bars and no letters, 3 told me they only use the 3g signal, which is obviously soon to be HSPA, they apparently don't use GPRS.

Perhaps I should put the sim back in and check which signal I am receiving by going to SETTINGS - ABOUT PHONE - STATUS, it will confirm there what signal and strength I'm finding.
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Post by mike on Sat 12 Nov 2011, 12:25 pm

It would appear virgin have signed a deal for there customers to use orange in poor reception areas,dont know if it its the same the other way round.
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Post by recycle600 on Thu 24 Nov 2011, 6:43 pm

Hi All,
I have been using a 3 dongle for about 4 years now and gives me 15GB allowance month and have found it very good when I go camping and it has worked in many places and I plug my dongle into a Huawei D100wi-fi/LAN adapter which allows several laptops/phones/ipads/touches to connect via wi-fi. The one I have is mains powered but they do battery ones that charge from 12 v.dc.
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Post by Helen on Fri 25 Nov 2011, 9:44 am

Hi Barrie, what do they charge per month for your dongle. I am paying for broadband and think it may be just as cost effective to use a dongle with a good allowance.
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Post by recycle600 on Fri 25 Nov 2011, 11:06 am

Yes I pay £15.98 per month for the dongle but I purchased the wifi unit separately but I believe they now have options to add the wifi unit as well but I think it costs a little more now as I have had this contract over 2 years and at the time of renewal there were no better deals to be had so I have kept this one as it came with 15GB which I have never yet been able to use.
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Post by mike on Fri 25 Nov 2011, 11:12 am

Yes its gone up now £15.99 lol! here is a link [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] or £1.02 more for a faster dongle.

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Post by recycle600 on Fri 25 Nov 2011, 11:24 am

Yes I saw that when I came up for renewal but I have been happy with the speed,but I have found that my new iphone 4 does go faster on the 3 network.
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Post by Helen on Fri 25 Nov 2011, 12:03 pm

That sounds good to me, I do only pay £9 per month with my O2 broadband that I have used for years but it would make more sense to get a dongle that I can use whilst away too, the thing that was putting me off was the limited use per month of some but 15GB is an awful lot so very reasonable.
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Post by mike on Fri 25 Nov 2011, 12:06 pm

recycle600 wrote:Yes I saw that when I came up for renewal but I have been happy with the speed,but I have found that my new iphone 4 does go faster on the 3 network.

As i have said i find my HTC phone faster ON 3 when tethered to the laptop than my virgin dongle (WHOOPS)
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Post by mike on Wed 30 Nov 2011, 5:22 pm

Haven't gone into this yet but this program is supposed to turn your laptop into a wifi hot spot,so being able to share a dongle connection.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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Post by Tow Itch on Wed 30 Nov 2011, 11:18 pm

Oh dear.

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Post by mike on Thu 01 Dec 2011, 2:50 pm

Tow Itch wrote: Oh dear.

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At 62 and a smoker i probably well hopefully haven't got any of the little buggers left lol!
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Post by Tow Itch on Mon 09 Jan 2012, 2:28 am

In vain tried to log on using the phone.
Wheyhey loged on, on phone.
2.5mbps download 1.5mbps upload.
Not wireless broadband but not bad.
Now to see if I can log off and on again.
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Post by Cazz on Mon 09 Jan 2012, 8:15 am

Tow Itch wrote: In vain tried to log on using the phone.
Wheyhey loged on, on phone.
2.5mbps download 1.5mbps upload.
Not wireless broadband but not bad.
Now to see if I can log off and on again.

Well done. cheers

I assume you've logged off ok, and back on again?
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Post by mike on Mon 09 Jan 2012, 2:28 pm

Tow Itch wrote: In vain tried to log on using the phone.
Wheyhey loged on, on phone.
2.5mbps download 1.5mbps upload.
Not wireless broadband but not bad.
Now to see if I can log off and on again.

On a good day i get 4.25mbbs download but only 1 mbbs upload
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Post by Tow Itch on Mon 09 Jan 2012, 5:36 pm

Worked last night, worked 1st thing this morning, won't work this afternoon.
More investigation required.

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