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    • G6JPG
    • By G6JPG 2nd May 13, 5:15 PM
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    PAYG mobile internet that doesn't expire???
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    • 2nd May 13, 5:15 PM
    PAYG mobile internet that doesn't expire??? 2nd May 13 at 5:15 PM
    I can have a PAYG mobile 'phone, on which I can load say 10 of credit, and keep it (e. g. in car glovebox) for emergencies, and it doesn't expire. (OK, maybe I have to make a call every few months.)

    Is there ANY mobile internet equivalent? One where I can buy some credit, and then use it as and when I want? Maybe using it (send the odd email, or just look at a web page) once a month, if necessary, to keep it "alive".

    I'd be happy to buy a "dongle", and wouldn't consider the price of the dongle part of the price of the service; I want this just for, say, when visiting friends who don't have the internet, to use with my netbook (which doesn't have a mobile module [though does have wifi of course]). (Yes, I know I could "tether" it via wifi to a fancy mobile 'phone - but only if that was on some contract, not PAYG.)

    But all the offerings I've looked at seem to either expire once you've started using them, or be pay-per-day/week/month rather than true PAYG (i. e. pay per gigabyte). And the websites - and staff in shops - are very coy about admitting these facts: I have to spell it out in words of few syllables ("If I send one email, will the rest of what I've bought still be there a month later").

    Does anyone know otherwise? If (as I believe) there is no such offering, why not, if they can do it with 'phones?
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    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 2nd May 13, 5:19 PM
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    • 2nd May 13, 5:19 PM
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    • 2nd May 13, 5:19 PM
    Have a look at Ovivomobile, one off payment of 15 for the SIM card which gets credited to your account. 500Mb on data plan, free every month, must use at least once in every 60 days. Apart from a dongle no other costs ongoing or otherwise.

    Have a look at post #5 for a possible cheap Mi-Fi.

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4580309
    Last edited by Inner Zone; 03-05-2013 at 9:33 AM. Reason: Correct speling
    • G6JPG
    • By G6JPG 2nd May 13, 10:05 PM
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    • 2nd May 13, 10:05 PM
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    • 2nd May 13, 10:05 PM
    Have a look a Oviomobile, one off payment of 15 for the SIM card which gets credited to your account. 500Mb on data plan, free every month, must use at least once in every 60 days. Apart from a dongle no other costs ongoing or otherwise.

    Have a look at post #5 for a possible cheap Mi-Fi.

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4580309
    Originally posted by Inner Zone
    Hmm. Nearest I could find to Ovio mobile was, of all things, a French blog from April 2012, suggesting that they're actually free, 300 Mb/month, and advertisement-funded. I really want a normal service and am happy to pay for it, but I'd have looked into this one - but I can't find it, so I suspect it might have folded.

    By Mi-Fi, I take it you mean the hardware: looks as if that's a locked one (plus a suggestion to get an unlock code from ebay).

    But thanks for answering, anyway!
    • aerostar
    • By aerostar 3rd May 13, 6:36 AM
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    • 3rd May 13, 6:36 AM
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    • 3rd May 13, 6:36 AM
    Incorrect spelling here is the correct website http://ovivomobile.com/offer/
    • G6JPG
    • By G6JPG 3rd May 13, 7:41 AM
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    • 3rd May 13, 7:41 AM
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    • 3rd May 13, 7:41 AM
    Incorrect spelling here is the correct website http://ovivomobile.com/offer/
    Originally posted by aerostar
    Ah, thanks. I'll try to look into them further (as usual, they give no email address), but at first glance all their offerings include "p/m" - for example,
    "1000MB 5p/m For tablet or dongle, no contract and no minimum topup."And the "p/m" is in faint grey too, as if they're trying to hide it . (In other words, for that example, does 5 get me 1000MB, or a month, or both limits?)
    • avantra
    • By avantra 3rd May 13, 4:18 PM
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    • 3rd May 13, 4:18 PM
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    • 3rd May 13, 4:18 PM
    I am using Ovivo for a while now on their Freedom pack.
    I initially paid the 15 (or was it 10 can't remember) and another 3 was added as I moved my old number as well.

    So here I am after four month with a smart phone that I use for browsing email text and calls, never had to top it up again as the free allowance get renewed every month. The account show the original balance minus 40p for calls made to 0845 numbers.

    This deal beats hands down my wife's EE deal of 10.5/month for a 100 minutes 100 meg and a 100 text (phone was free tho).
    Five exclamation marks the sure sign of an insane mind!!!!!

    Terry Pratchett.
    • G6JPG
    • By G6JPG 3rd May 13, 8:07 PM
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    • 3rd May 13, 8:07 PM
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    • 3rd May 13, 8:07 PM
    I am using Ovivo for a while now on their Freedom pack.
    I initially paid the 15 [snip].

    So here I am after four month with a smart phone that I use for browsing email text and calls, never had to top it up again as the free allowance get renewed every month. The account show the original balance minus 40p for calls made to 0845 numbers.
    Originally posted by avantra
    Is that the 500 MB shown on the page below?

    This deal beats hands down my wife's EE deal of 10.5/month for a 100 minutes 100 meg and a 100 text (phone was free tho).
    I can't see how they can work like this - indefintiely free data!

    Thanks for that information. I rang them today and got through to a human who could only give me an email address, so I sent it an email saying I didn't understand http://ovivomobile.com/offer/ovivo-for-data/ (i. e. if I pay 5 am I getting a GB or a month or what), and later I got an automatic "has been deleted without being read".
    • avantra
    • By avantra 3rd May 13, 11:14 PM
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    • 3rd May 13, 11:14 PM
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    • 3rd May 13, 11:14 PM
    Ovivo has several price plans but only one is of interest to me or you depending on your needs.

    Their Freedom plan is the only one with free allowance every month

    It is not too complicated:

    1. Get a free sim from their site for 15 and open an account.
    2.insert in unlocked phone (smart or feature phone)
    3.Start using

    So for your initial layout of 15 you get:

    1.150 minutes voice
    2. 200 text messages
    3. 400 mb data

    If you consume more than the above it's starting to go out of your 15.
    Every month your allowance get renewed if you used it or not.

    The deal involve having an advert showing wen you make a call.
    As the phone is near my ear when I talk I can't see the ad so it is not a big deal.

    You get another 3 if you bring your old number as well.
    Five exclamation marks the sure sign of an insane mind!!!!!

    Terry Pratchett.
    • G6JPG
    • By G6JPG 4th May 13, 3:11 PM
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    • 4th May 13, 3:11 PM
    data only Ovivo?
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    • 4th May 13, 3:11 PM
    Ovivo has several price plans but only one is of interest to me or you depending on your needs.
    Originally posted by avantra
    Well, http://ovivomobile.com/offer/ovivo-for-data/ seems to suggest there's a free data-only one, which would suit me - I think.

    Their Freedom plan is the only one with free allowance every month

    It is not too complicated:

    1. Get a free sim from their site for 15 and open an account.
    "Free" for 15. (Yes, I know it's credit really.)
    2.insert in unlocked phone (smart or feature phone)
    3.Start using

    So for your initial layout of 15 you get:

    1.150 minutes voice
    2. 200 text messages
    3. 400 mb data
    Well, as I'd be using it in a dongle (mobile broadband modem), assuming they support those, then the minutes and text wouldn't be of interest.

    If you consume more than the above it's starting to go out of your 15.
    At 160 a gigabyte!
    Every month your allowance get renewed if you used it or not.

    The deal involve having an advert showing wen you make a call.
    As the phone is near my ear when I talk I can't see the ad so it is not a big deal.[snip]
    Well, I'd see it when browsing, but OK if it's free. Not sure if I could use email though (apart from webmail which I hate), or newsgroups. I've tried again to ask some of these questions of their email address - we'll see what they answer, if they do at all. (Can't say I'm over impressed with their customer service so far, but we'll see.)
    • ioscorpio
    • By ioscorpio 21st May 13, 2:06 PM
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    The Ovivo data sim gives you 500mb free every month, if you want 1gb it cost 5 a month.

    http://ovivomobile.com/offer/ovivo-for-data/

    If you don't want to buy a dongle, you can buy a phone sim and get 150 mins 200 texts and 500mb data free every month. You can use any phone, not just a smart phone.

    http://ovivomobile.com/offer/ovivo-for-phones/

    You can use email, CS is usually excellent, sorry you are having problems. There is a lot of help on Twitter, Facebook and Hotukdeals.com

    You do not get adverts whilst making phone calls or texting, only whilst browsing the internet.
    Last edited by ioscorpio; 21-05-2013 at 2:17 PM.
    • avantra
    • By avantra 21st May 13, 2:55 PM
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    [QUOTE=

    You do not get adverts whilst making phone calls or texting, only whilst browsing the internet.[/QUOTE]

    Strange, I am on the freedom pack and do get adverts while making calls and sending texts. Are you sure about this?
    Five exclamation marks the sure sign of an insane mind!!!!!

    Terry Pratchett.
    • WYSPECIAL
    • By WYSPECIAL 22nd May 13, 6:54 AM
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    If the price of the dongle isn't an issue why not hust buy one of the old vodaphone dongles that have an unexpiring contract? You can only top up 15 at a time but it doesn't expire.

    You can get them on ebay for about 50
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