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    • kar999
    • By kar999 10th Jun 09, 10:37 AM
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    kar999
    Just don't register a credit card. This would automatically allow them to bill you if you start to exceed the arbitrary 'fair use' limit.

    The only way to get the above is to buy a topup in a shop, put the simcard in a compatible phone (my voda n96 was unlocked) and topup, once it has been confirmed as on the account, plug the sim back into the dongle and then select 'add addon' in my3.
    Originally posted by Swindon_Baggie
    I bought my £10 voucher from the corner shop with cash. I was buying a voucher for an O2 sim and you dont need to activate it in a mobile phone at all. You can do it simply by ringing a landline number. Just quote the voucher codes and your sim mobile number

    Call the O2 Top-Up line free by dialling Hotkey 3 or 4444 from your mobile phone or 08456 062 277 (calls charged at the local rate) from any landline.

    For Three Sims I think you can activate online here:

    https://my3.three.co.uk/myaccount/activateVoucher.done
    • matphil
    • By matphil 10th Jun 09, 11:49 AM
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    matphil
    I tried to unlock the ZTE 627 dongle but it didn't work. The 3 sim will still connect but my O2 one will not. I downloaded the rapidshare file from post 1 on here. In the instructions it says to Unzip file called “ZTE.zip”. I am not very familiar with rar's and cannot find that file. I have extracted the files that were on there but could not see that one. I have now downloaded it for a second time and still can't see the ZTE.zip file so have I already unzipped this or am I looking in the wrong place. I am at the stage where I am about to do the software update so should I carry on and try that again or have I gone wrong somewhere.
    Thanks.
    • alanwsg
    • By alanwsg 10th Jun 09, 12:39 PM
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    alanwsg
    Are you still using the connection manager that came with the '3' dongle?
    If so, that won't connect to the O2 network as this needs slightly different settings. I can't tell you if it's possible to change them as I've uninstalled the '3' connection manager and am using the one that comes in the downloaded .rar file (Telstra turbo). In that one you can set up several different configs ....

    '3' needs ...
    Dial number = *99***1#
    APN = three.co.uk
    <leave everything else default>

    O2 needs ...
    Dial number = *99***1#
    <leave everything else default>

    Hope that sort-of makes sense, I have both working on my laptop, the '3' network is much faster than O2, but O2 is a better financial deal for me.
    • matphil
    • By matphil 10th Jun 09, 12:48 PM
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    matphil
    Thanks for your reply.
    I tried connecting using the Telstra turbo and it would not connect. Also I had been using my phone as a modem with my O2 sim and tried to connect through the O2 connection that is already set up and that wouldn't connect either although it still connects through my phone.
    • alanwsg
    • By alanwsg 10th Jun 09, 1:49 PM
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    alanwsg
    Have you got any credit on the O2 sim?
    If not, then only site that you can connect to is the top-up page ...
    https://mobilebroadbandaccess.o2.co.uk/authenticate

    .. or maybe you have a contract O2 sim, rather than PAYG?
    If so you might need to enter a login name and password, which might be "web" and "password", and the APN might need to be "mobile.o2.co.uk".
    Last edited by alanwsg; 10-06-2009 at 1:53 PM.
    • matphil
    • By matphil 10th Jun 09, 1:58 PM
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    matphil
    Yes there's credit on the O2 sim I am able to use it when connected through my phone. I thought that maybe the dongle might still be locked to 3, is there any way of checking if its unlocked or shall I do the software update again.
    • alanwsg
    • By alanwsg 10th Jun 09, 2:36 PM
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    alanwsg
    I'm starting to get out of my depth here but ...
    When I unlocked my dongle the light now flashes blue instead of green (Which is what the Telstra help file says it should).
    Also, Telstra knows what make of SIM you put in (it says "O2 UK" or "3" on the status bar).
    And from the help file: "The connection manager displays 'Limited service'" when the modem is locked to a different network.
    • matphil
    • By matphil 10th Jun 09, 2:49 PM
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    matphil
    Thanks for your help. When plugged in the light is still green although it does say that an O2 sim is inserted. I am getting the following message when I try to connect...

    The modem (or other connecting device) is already in use or is not configured properly.
  • espresso
    Thanks for your help. When plugged in the light is still green although it does say that an O2 sim is inserted. I am getting the following message when I try to connect...

    The modem (or other connecting device) is already in use or is not configured properly.
    Originally posted by matphil
    Did you run the FlashUpdate.exe file?
    Blue text on this forum usually signifies hyperlinks, so click on them!..
    • alanwsg
    • By alanwsg 10th Jun 09, 3:20 PM
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    alanwsg
    Yes, sounds like you never updated it.
    You need to remove the SIM, plug the dongle in, let it settle down and then run the FlashUpdate.exe file that you extracted from the .rar file.
    It takes a while to run: maybe 45 mins, DON'T interrupt it!
    • matphil
    • By matphil 10th Jun 09, 4:14 PM
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    matphil
    Yes I did run the flashUpdate.exe file but I'll do it again now.
  • travel_freak
    Hi

    I currently have mobile broadband service with Vodafone £15 a month.

    The contract is coming to an end and I'm wondering if there are cheaper options.

    I bought the dongle at the contract start so this would remain mine if I don't renew the contract with Vodafone.

    I need a reliable service and daily access and the ability to download (not huge amounts, I don't go over the 3GB limit).

    Just wondering if I can make use of the dongle I have with the free sims talked about in this thread. I don't really understand how it all works. I have a PAYG mobile phone with Orange at the moment.

    If I'm still likely to be paying around £15 a week for mobile broadband then I guess I'd be better off just sticking with Vodafone. (As an aside, does anyone know if Vodafone will budge on renewal charges if you threaten to leave its mobile broadband service?)

    Any advice gratefully received. Many thx in advance.
    • Jakg
    • By Jakg 12th Jun 09, 9:32 AM
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    Jakg
    Is there any advantage in flashing the firmware with a newer version? Where do I get this firmware from?
    Nothing I say represents any past, present or future employer.
    • fyr
    • By fyr 12th Jun 09, 4:42 PM
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    fyr
    RAR file grief
    I've d/loaded unlocker s/ware & the RAR utility, but in both XP & Vista
    when I select to open unblocker with RAR I see a black & white screen momentarily and no interface to work with; anyone else had this/any clues?
    Gel
  • LeoK
    Insecure web site for ordering
    I have just been through the order proccess at 3 dongles 4 free.co.uk (original post), then abandoned.

    The page wanting my credit card information is a standard, insecure web page.

    Has anyone had any issues - yet ?

    LeoK
    • Jakg
    • By Jakg 12th Jun 09, 5:46 PM
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    Jakg
    I've d/loaded unlocker s/ware & the RAR utility, but in both XP & Vista
    when I select to open unblocker with RAR I see a black & white screen momentarily and no interface to work with; anyone else had this/any clues?
    Originally posted by fyr
    Download 7Zip (it's free) and then right click thanks on the file > 7Zip > Extract.
    Nothing I say represents any past, present or future employer.
  • caz567
    YES, YOU CAN UNLOCK THESE FOR FREE (these are the ones you can get free from http://www.3dongle4free.co.uk/ - just pay £4.95) :

    Everything you need to unlock this dongle can be found here:

    http://rapidshare.com/files/235523732/ZTE2.rar.html

    Just download the files and follow the instructions. Also works on earlier versions. Please take care when doing this, as it involves flashing the firmware on your device. If you don't follow the instructions correctly, you could end up bricking your dongle. You choose to flash your dongle at your own risk.

    Thanks to FastEddie and Harlzter over at HUKD.

    A full global list of Mobile Broadband provider settings can be found here:

    http://www.vysoo.com/apn.php#403
    Originally posted by MyUserNamesTaken
    Before I start this procedure, I have a few daft questions...

    1. I've read the pdf instructions, how do I "allow modem to install drivers"? I guess it's somewhere within Control Panel but I can't find where.

    2. I guess that as the SIM has to be removed before starting then I don't need to be connected to the Internet?

    3. When I've done everything necessary to unlock the dongle, will I still be able to use my 3 SIM card if I want to (as I still have some credit on it and when it works it's good!!!). Ideally I'd like to be able to change from one SIM to another as and when I need to.

    Apologies for the daft questions, I just want to be sure before I start!

    Many thanks
    Carol
    • alanwsg
    • By alanwsg 12th Jun 09, 5:58 PM
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    alanwsg
    1) "allow modem to install drivers" is what it does when you first plug it in. If you've already been using it, the drivers must be installed already.

    2) correct

    3) My '3' connection still works fine and I can now use my O2 sim which has a better deal for my purposes. BUT You might need to use the connection manager that comes in the .rar file as O2 needs slightly different settings (See earlier posts in this thread).
    • alanwsg
    • By alanwsg 12th Jun 09, 6:00 PM
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    alanwsg
    I have just been through the order proccess at 3 dongles 4 free.co.uk (original post), then abandoned.

    The page wanting my credit card information is a standard, insecure web page.

    LeoK
    Originally posted by LeoK
    Although the page is insecure, the CC data entry is on a secure frame within the page. Or ir was when I used it. I spotted that as well and made a point of checking.
  • point3
    Just a note that this ISN'T a true unlock in the sense of unlocking 3's firmware. This just replaces the firmware on your dongle with that nicked from a Filipino site for a different device, namely the ZTE MF626, which is not locked.

    If you want a true unlock, you'll have to pay for it from someone like DC-Unlocker.
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