Adaptor To Connect Phone Sim Card To Laptop or Kindle

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  • Emmia
    Emmia Posts: 3,190 Forumite
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    MACKEM99 said:
    Its been a while I know but I am now looking further into this.  It is for my holiday home where I will be starting to go soon.. I spend various times there.  Regularly 5 days and then sometimes for a week or two at a time.  I have been looking at this on Amazon:

    TP-Link 300 Mbps Wireless N 4G+Cat 4 LTE Router, 4G Network Micro SIM Slot Unlocked, With WAN Connection, No Configuration required, Parental Control, Easy Management, UK Plug (TL-MR6400) : Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    I was going to get the ASDA Sim Card offer to start with to see how I get on (monthly roll over plan).  Then if I find it does not work I can return the item to Amazon and all I have paid for is a few pounds, so not a lot to lose.

    Any thoughts?



    Where is your holiday home? UK or abroad. If it's overseas, you' may find you'll fall foul of fair use and overseas roaming policies if it's a UK SIM. I'd get a SIM from the country where the home is if it's not in the UK. 
  • MACKEM99
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    It's in the UK.  I have been reading further and now am going to try putting the new sim in my current phone as it has more than one slot and try that way first.  Does this sound like a good plan.  I am bit slow on this techie stuff!
  • MACKEM99
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    Thanks to all that replied and helped me.  Managed to get hotspot working on mobile at home so next is to try at holiday home.  😃
  • cerebus
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    MACKEM99 said:
    Thanks to all that replied and helped me.  Managed to get hotspot working on mobile at home so next is to try at holiday home.  😃
    It will work fine as long as you can get a mobile signal , if you can't then a 4g router won't help with that anyway!

    The hotspot way is the far simplest and cheapest , stick an unlimited sim in , making sure you select it when turning on the hotspot and everybody can use it as long as they have the password

    Only downside is your phones battery will drain quicker as a hotspot but not by a huge amount , if you turn off wifi and Bluetooth you may not even notice it 
  • fifeken
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    MACKEM99 said:
    Its been a while I know but I am now looking further into this.  It is for my holiday home where I will be starting to go soon.. I spend various times there.  Regularly 5 days and then sometimes for a week or two at a time.  I have been looking at this on Amazon:

    TP-Link 300 Mbps Wireless N 4G+Cat 4 LTE Router, 4G Network Micro SIM Slot Unlocked, With WAN Connection, No Configuration required, Parental Control, Easy Management, UK Plug (TL-MR6400) : Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    I was going to get the ASDA Sim Card offer to start with to see how I get on (monthly roll over plan).  Then if I find it does not work I can return the item to Amazon and all I have paid for is a few pounds, so not a lot to lose.

    Any thoughts?




    I have a similar one in my overseas place (with overseas SIM) and have just bought one for my UK place to replace land line and Sky internet.  The only thing I would suggest is dependant on your usage but perhaps look for a higher spec model (Cat 6 or higher) which allows carrier aggregation and therefore better speeds.
  • cerebus
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    fifeken said:
    MACKEM99 said:
    Its been a while I know but I am now looking further into this.  It is for my holiday home where I will be starting to go soon.. I spend various times there.  Regularly 5 days and then sometimes for a week or two at a time.  I have been looking at this on Amazon:

    TP-Link 300 Mbps Wireless N 4G+Cat 4 LTE Router, 4G Network Micro SIM Slot Unlocked, With WAN Connection, No Configuration required, Parental Control, Easy Management, UK Plug (TL-MR6400) : Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    I was going to get the ASDA Sim Card offer to start with to see how I get on (monthly roll over plan).  Then if I find it does not work I can return the item to Amazon and all I have paid for is a few pounds, so not a lot to lose.

    Any thoughts?




    I have a similar one in my overseas place (with overseas SIM) and have just bought one for my UK place to replace land line and Sky internet.  The only thing I would suggest is dependant on your usage but perhaps look for a higher spec model (Cat 6 or higher) which allows carrier aggregation and therefore better speeds.
    The op has already decided to use his phone as a hotspot 
  • fifeken
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    cerebus said:
    fifeken said:
    MACKEM99 said:
    Its been a while I know but I am now looking further into this.  It is for my holiday home where I will be starting to go soon.. I spend various times there.  Regularly 5 days and then sometimes for a week or two at a time.  I have been looking at this on Amazon:

    TP-Link 300 Mbps Wireless N 4G+Cat 4 LTE Router, 4G Network Micro SIM Slot Unlocked, With WAN Connection, No Configuration required, Parental Control, Easy Management, UK Plug (TL-MR6400) : Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    I was going to get the ASDA Sim Card offer to start with to see how I get on (monthly roll over plan).  Then if I find it does not work I can return the item to Amazon and all I have paid for is a few pounds, so not a lot to lose.

    Any thoughts?




    I have a similar one in my overseas place (with overseas SIM) and have just bought one for my UK place to replace land line and Sky internet.  The only thing I would suggest is dependant on your usage but perhaps look for a higher spec model (Cat 6 or higher) which allows carrier aggregation and therefore better speeds.
    The op has already decided to use his phone as a hotspot 
    I read that but he may change his mind when he realises both users must be within range of the phone at all times.  Having mobile as backup for when he's down the pub or she's at the shops or wherever means both can still be connected.  Any IOT devices will still be accessible with the router option but not with the phone option when he's out and about, which he hasn't mentioned but may not have thought about.
    And no-one ever changed their mind or appreciated more information on a previous option?
    Or no-one else looking for a similar solution could read the thread and benefit from having more data to base their decision on?

    OP.  The router option means an initial purchase so not as moneysaving, but gives you more flexibility and saves you using a phone long term as a hot spot which many experts say should not be done.
  • fifeken
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    Another thought is that if it's only for reading on a kindle or two, these could be pre-loaded with books at any time so no extra expense, but I suspect more internet access is required even if not specifically mentioned.
  • cerebus
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    fifeken said:
    cerebus said:
    fifeken said:
    MACKEM99 said:
    Its been a while I know but I am now looking further into this.  It is for my holiday home where I will be starting to go soon.. I spend various times there.  Regularly 5 days and then sometimes for a week or two at a time.  I have been looking at this on Amazon:

    TP-Link 300 Mbps Wireless N 4G+Cat 4 LTE Router, 4G Network Micro SIM Slot Unlocked, With WAN Connection, No Configuration required, Parental Control, Easy Management, UK Plug (TL-MR6400) : Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories

    I was going to get the ASDA Sim Card offer to start with to see how I get on (monthly roll over plan).  Then if I find it does not work I can return the item to Amazon and all I have paid for is a few pounds, so not a lot to lose.

    Any thoughts?




    I have a similar one in my overseas place (with overseas SIM) and have just bought one for my UK place to replace land line and Sky internet.  The only thing I would suggest is dependant on your usage but perhaps look for a higher spec model (Cat 6 or higher) which allows carrier aggregation and therefore better speeds.
    The op has already decided to use his phone as a hotspot 
    I read that but he may change his mind when he realises both users must be within range of the phone at all times.  Having mobile as backup for when he's down the pub or she's at the shops or wherever means both can still be connected.  Any IOT devices will still be accessible with the router option but not with the phone option when he's out and about, which he hasn't mentioned but may not have thought about.
    And no-one ever changed their mind or appreciated more information on a previous option?
    Or no-one else looking for a similar solution could read the thread and benefit from having more data to base their decision on?

    OP.  The router option means an initial purchase so not as moneysaving, but gives you more flexibility and saves you using a phone long term as a hot spot which many experts say should not be done.
    What do you mean both users , the OP wants to connect his laptop/kindle to the internet as neither can do so directly - in this case a hotspot is ideal for this and which is what the op has done.

    Even I'm missing posts that says differently or you need to start reading posts properly 


  • fifeken
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    Even I'm missing posts that says differently or you need to start reading posts properly
    It's the former.  In his second post on this thread he mentioned "the other half and me can then use kindles".
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