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Pay as you go mobile broadband with no contract or expiry date?
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Old 29-11-2009, 10:41 PM
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Smile Pay as you go mobile broadband with no contract or expiry date?

I'd like to have pay as you go mobile broadband with no contract or expiry date. What are the best options available please?

Many thanks.
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Old 30-11-2009, 1:11 AM
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Only Vodafone has no expiry date.
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Old 30-11-2009, 12:18 PM
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Thanks Donnie and Rufus

I'll check the Vodafone and 3 websites.

I've read some very negative reviews on 3. Are they really that bad??
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Old 30-11-2009, 2:30 PM
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No their broadband isnt that bad at all.
Im very happy with mine which Ive got on contract.
just make sure you can pick up a 3g or hsdpa signal where you live.
I never have connection issues and i get a fairly constant 2mb download and 0.5 upload.
speed test from a couple of minutes ago, its peak time at the moment so the upload is a tad slower than it normally is.


Im so happy with mine that I'm dropping my normal broadband completely when i move in a few weeks.
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Old 30-11-2009, 3:14 PM
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No it's not bad at all i've used 3 mobile broadband for the last 18 months as I've no landline. in that time I've moved from Derby>London>Scrarbrough> back to Derby and the connection has always been good - indeed where I live now I can watch iplayer with it.
Their CS aren't great but I usually solve any issues (like with dongle) on my own
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Old 30-11-2009, 3:57 PM
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Many people seem unaware of the existence of prepaid 3 dongles. They last for 3/12/24 months max. or until you have used up the 3/12/24 gb allowance.

I am very happy with mine, but I live in a big city and don't play games or download films and music, I just surf and send enails. Evenings and weekends can be a bit slow, but the 3 network is being upgraded.

If you have a good reception and modest downloads, and accept that mobile bb is similar to fast dialup, then you can get a good deal without any need for contracts, bank details, direct debits etc. It works very well for me.
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Old 01-12-2009, 9:47 PM
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Thanks to all who replied. I'll probably make my choice after xmas, as it's likely prices will come down.
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Not available from Vodaphone, you may find it at Amazon!
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Old 11-07-2010, 9:08 PM
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I need this now. Apparently vodafone does have this but i cant see anything on their website?

I currently have a 3 dongle and whilst the reception is awesome, i dont use it enough to justify spending 10 a month on it when i need it.
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Old 11-07-2010, 9:22 PM
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I need this now. Apparently vodafone does have this but i cant see anything on their website?

I currently have a 3 dongle and whilst the reception is awesome, i dont use it enough to justify spending 10 a month on it when i need it.
Whih model of USB modem?
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Old 11-07-2010, 9:31 PM
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Do you mean with the 3 dongle? Its the one that expires after 30 days. It sucks.
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Do you mean with the 3 dongle? Its the one that expires after 30 days. It sucks.
Which model of USB modem?
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sorry not so tech savvy here:

HUAWEI Mobile connect
Model: E160G

Why?
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Old 14-07-2010, 6:44 PM
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sorry not so tech savvy here:

HUAWEI Mobile connect
Model: E160G

Why?
Because it can be unlocked for usage with any network SIM. So no need to purchase a new USB modem.
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OOOH how would one go about that? haha
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Old 14-07-2010, 7:50 PM
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You need a SIM other than '3' and you need this calculator.

1. Type your IMEI number into the calculator.
2. Generate a NCK unlock code.
3. Insert a "foreign" SIM into your locked USB stick. ("Foreign" means from any carrier other than the one to which the stick is locked.)
4. Start Huawei's generic Mobile Partner software.
5. At the prompt type in the unlock code.


You may need to use some generic connection software if you don't get the option of inputting the Unlocking code produced with the '3' connection manager

To install the new connection software:
extract the downloaded ZIP
make sure the drivers for your modem have been installed, as the update will require those. Drivers will be installed with Mobile Partner or Vodafone's dashboard (VMC)
plug in your modem
run the update
follow the instructions on the screen
after 2-3 minutes the update should be finished
unplug and replug your USB modem and install the new version of Mobile Partner.
Ready



Wait. What I would recommend initially is rather than installing the new Generic Mobile Partner to the USB modem at this stage, that you only install it to your computer, at least until you have completed the unlocking process.

So you should install this connection software to your computer, but in this case without the USB modem being plugged in.

Before you get started, I need to know as to whether you have used the modem on the computer before.

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Hi,

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So you should install this connection software to your computer, but in this case without the USB modem being plugged in.
just to let you know that this link doesn't seem to work.
Y'all take care now.
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just to let you know that this link doesn't seem to work.
Oh yes it does. Check your computer/connection.
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Hi,

oh no it doesn't, least not for me, the other two work, I've tried it in FF and IE8.

Edit: I've tried right clicking link > properties, and copying url, but still not working, least I know to look at DC Unlocker now.
Y'all take care now.

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oh no it doesn't, least not for me, the other two work, I've tried it in FF and IE8.

Edit: I've tried right clicking link > properties, and copying url, but still not working, least I know to look at DC Unlocker now.
I've tried it three times now(because of you) and each time the down begins. Even if it didn't there is a "Click here if your download doesn't start" instruction if the direct download fails.
Does neither work for you?
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