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  • caz567
    Why cant you post the link to three website?
    Originally posted by iceburn
    When I tried to submit my post with links I had a message telling me I was unable to include links due to being a new user. I'm not really that new a user, but I guess I probably haven't posted the minimum number of posts to allow me to post links.
    Last edited by caz567; 03-06-2009 at 8:39 AM. Reason: amend quote
    • Omega_1
    • By Omega_1 3rd Jun 09, 4:31 PM
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    Omega_1
    Will this work on a Linux system as am seeking a PAYG Mobile Broadband system that will operate on Linux but no joy so far - any ideas ?
  • dazzii
    you could use the 02 sim for the iphone (cheap on ebay)
    1 topup of 10£ gives a years free internet, some are selling them all ready toped up so it saves you using a phone to do it, at the end of the year you still have £10 to use up in calls
  • Swindon_Baggie
    3 dongle 4 free £5 per month unlimited mobile broadband
    The 50p a day, £2.50 per week, £5 per month is 'fair use', and so limited in terms of bandwidth, and is not avaliable with the sim that came with the modem.

    If anyone wants to know what fair use is, its could be around 2 to 5 Gb a month, or much much less. How longs a piece of string.

    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.

    3 know I use a dongle (through account settings), I'm currently paying £5 pcm, and on my £5 deliv free dongle now

    It is recommended you search ebay for the sims which let you do the £5 per month deal, no guarantee of any sim that can't be checked allowing this. At least the ebay sellers can check it for you.

    BTW
    If you add credit to your account, there is no time delay to use it. If you need internet for a day, just choose the 50p option, and it would charge it to the credit you topped up on your phone. Then what is left over is saved till the next time you need access. So if you need it for 2 days a year, it would cost £1, but you still paid for your topup, so the whole £10 or so is sitting in 3's current account earning them money, but it wont disappear (My My3 account shows my credit has unlimited validity).

    Nothing is guaranteed anyway, but even less if 3 get bought (which might actually be amazingly likely shortly, and probably by T-Mobile).


    Linux just requires the right drivers, search google for something like 'linux 3g modem'.
    Last edited by Swindon_Baggie; 04-06-2009 at 10:18 PM.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke
  • Swindon_Baggie
    Oh BTW

    ZTE modems don't seem to work on Linux, Huawei do.
    Last edited by Swindon_Baggie; 04-06-2009 at 10:30 PM.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke
    • matphil
    • By matphil 5th Jun 09, 1:42 PM
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    matphil
    Hi.
    Can someone help me please.
    I am trying to unlock the ZTE 627 dongle but I am having trouble doing it. I have downloaded the rapidshare file but I can't open it. I have winrar but it keeps saying that the files can't be read. What am I doing wrong.
    Thanks.
    • PeteM
    • By PeteM 5th Jun 09, 9:36 PM
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    PeteM
    Hi.
    Can someone help me please.
    I am trying to unlock the ZTE 627 dongle but I am having trouble doing it. I have downloaded the rapidshare file but I can't open it. I have winrar but it keeps saying that the files can't be read. What am I doing wrong.
    Thanks.
    Originally posted by matphil
    Sounds like you'll need to re-download the files as they may be corrupt?

    If that doesn't fix it, then reply here with the exact message that the unzipper produces.

    PeteM
  • asbokid
    Will this work on a Linux system as am seeking a PAYG Mobile Broadband system that will operate on Linux but no joy so far - any ideas ?
    Originally posted by Omega_1
    Yes, the ZTE MF627 does work in Linux...

    From here... http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=6864924&postcount=9

    Re: 3G Mobile Broadband Networking (ZTE MF627 Dongles)

    Are you trying to get the ZTE MF627 dongle working?

    If so, I got mine working with this post: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1017630

    The .DEB file in the post didn't like my libusb, so I downloaded the source and compiled it.
    All credit to the original author.

    Once you get the "configure" option to come up in the networking icon, just choose the operator 3.
    • Nintey
    • By Nintey 6th Jun 09, 3:27 PM
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    Nintey
    Can I just check something, I have ordered the dongle and just gone on to 3's website to order a free PAYG sim card, but it says you just get 150mb of mobile broadband when you top up, which lasts for 90 days. How do I sign up to the mobile broadband for 50p per day? Is this something you add on when you receive your sim?
    Last edited by Nintey; 06-06-2009 at 3:53 PM.

  • iceburn
    50p a day is using a phone simcard not the one that comes with the dongle.
    • alanwsg
    • By alanwsg 6th Jun 09, 5:01 PM
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    alanwsg
    I unlocked my dongle as described and now when connected it has a blue light flashing on it, it was green before.
    According to the userguide, this indicates it's connected to the gprs/edge network rather than 3G but the speed is very good, it seems faster than before.
    Any ideas what's going on?
    • Nintey
    • By Nintey 6th Jun 09, 5:06 PM
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    Nintey
    50p a day is using a phone simcard not the one that comes with the dongle.
    Originally posted by iceburn
    Hi Thanks for the reply, I realise you have to unlock it and put a 'Three' pay as you go sim card in there, but on the Three website it says that you only get 150mb of mobile broadband which only lasts 90 days? How do you get the 50p day allowance? is this some kind of 'Add On'?

  • iceburn
    just remember one thing they change things from the 1st June :-(..... will have a check to see if possible now to do the 50p to £5 for new customers which will be what you are.

    Just check nope can still do it

    http://www.three.co.uk/Pay_As_You_Go/Do_more_with_Add_ons

    But it have to be a "mobile pay as you go simcard" Not one that come with the dongle. And yes it is an addon.
  • iceburn
    I unlocked my dongle as described and now when connected it has a blue light flashing on it, it was green before.
    According to the userguide, this indicates it's connected to the gprs/edge network rather than 3G but the speed is very good, it seems faster than before.
    Any ideas what's going on?
    Originally posted by alanwsg
    are you using a different network sim, cause if so that might be where the speed increase is. Cause in reality the speed you connect (within reason of course) make no difference. What is important is the contention ratio. So if the network you sign upto now have no one else using it in your area. Than the 384kb (I think that is EDGE speed will be all yours. But (in simple terms here.) If you connect to three at say 2mb but 20 people are using it at the same time. Your connection will be in reality be only 102.4kb. Think of a motorway, the speed limit might be 70mph but as more cars go on it it gets congested, hence the speed flow drops until offpeak occur or more lanes are created to overcome the increase demand. Or some extra charging like congesation charging to change ppl habit (in internet world that would be FUP / bandwidth management.
  • edwardpeters
    Help help!
    I followed all the great advice about unlocking the dongle, which worked perfectly. Then installed the Telstra Connection Manager but could not get it to work with my Vodafone SIM card. So I uninstalled Telstra and wanted to reinstall 3Connect but the software has disappeared from the dongle! Only 'Globe' Connection manager stuff there. Help! What should I do? Is there anywhere I can download it again?
    • andyuk1
    • By andyuk1 7th Jun 09, 11:57 AM
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    andyuk1
    3 Connect Software
    If you send me your email address I will email you a copy of the 3connect software.
  • espresso
    I followed all the great advice about unlocking the dongle, which worked perfectly. Then installed the Telstra Connection Manager but could not get it to work with my Vodafone SIM card.
    Originally posted by edwardpeters

    Once unlocked, a Voda SIM should work. Did you enter the Vodafone details correctly into the connection manager:

    e.g.
    APN: internet
    Username: web
    Password: web
    Primary DNS: 158.043.240.004
    SMTP gateway (for email): smtp.vodafone.net

    Has your Voda SIM been used for data before, sometimes data needs to be enabled by the network operator before it can be used.
    Blue text on this forum usually signifies hyperlinks, so click on them!..
  • edwardpeters
    Thanks
    Thank you Andy, I have sent my email address.
    Thank you Espresso. I did put in some of those settings but maybe I should try again.
    • jamiex
    • By jamiex 7th Jun 09, 12:26 PM
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    jamiex
    If you send me your email address I will email you a copy of the 3connect software.
    Originally posted by andyuk1
    Luckily I copied all of the files before reflashing the firmware.

    Here's a link to the 3Connect software for anyone who needs it:

    http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/5081/3connect.zip

    I managed to get the Telstra Connection Manager to work with both a 3 Mobile contract SIM card and a Vodafone contract SIM card so it's just a matter of getting the settings right.
    • alanwsg
    • By alanwsg 9th Jun 09, 6:10 PM
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    alanwsg
    I unlocked my dongle and I've just got an O2 HSDPA PAYG Sim card off Ebay for £1.85.
    Worked pretty much straight away, slower than the '3' network: I was getting aroung 3Mb on '3', I get about 0.5Mb on O2, could just be the area I'm in.

    The O2 deal is better for me: I just need occasional use and a backup for my home broadband. With O2 I can buy a day's access for £2 or a week's for £7.50. More importantly, the SIM doesn't expire if I don't use it for 6 months.

    I also tried a [free] PAYG sim from '3', but if it's got no credit it on it you can't but any without either a 3G phone to put it in or some other way of accessing the web.
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