pay as you go internet access

#1
I am currently in the UK on a course for a few weeks and know I will not cope without internet access, and it might be handy for the course anyway. Hence the thought of pay as you go.

Have looked at 3, but not sure if it will work with linux or what the coverage is going to be like . Course is in the Aldershot area - any thought or suggestions?

Sluice
 
#3
If you only want occasional use of it - get the Vodaphone pay as you go deal. £40 for a dongle with 1gig of data. Each further gig of data costs £15 with no time limit on it's use - use in until it's gone.

The other companies all do pay as you go, but you lose the data after 30days & have to rebuy it! Not really pay as you go, IMO.

Not sure if it works with Linux. It's not supposed to work with a Mac yet, but I managed to find an easy work-around on a forum (that even the Vodaphone people didn't know about):

Just download their vodaphone Mobile Client software and select generic device. You have to enter something in one of the columns - can't remember what it was, but if you decide to go for it, just PM me (that's if there is VMC software for Linux - or VMC light).

A_L

Oh & my coverage in a small part of North Wales is fine - faster than my home wireless.
 
#5
Sluice_dweller said:
I am currently in the UK on a course for a few weeks and know I will not cope without internet access, and it might be handy for the course anyway. Hence the thought of pay as you go.

Have looked at 3, but not sure if it will work with linux or what the coverage is going to be like . Course is in the Aldershot area - any thought or suggestions?

Sluice
Lezzer, if you have got a lappy, get a dingle/dougal/dongal - whatever they are called.

Alternatively, tap into someone elses wifi.

Which weekend are you going home?
 
#6
amazing__lobster said:
If you only want occasional use of it - get the Vodaphone pay as you go deal. £40 for a dongle with 1gig of data. Each further gig of data costs £15 with no time limit on it's use - use in until it's gone.

The other companies all do pay as you go, but you lose the data after 30days & have to rebuy it! Not really pay as you go, IMO.

Not sure if it works with Linux. It's not supposed to work with a Mac yet, but I managed to find an easy work-around on a forum (that even the Vodaphone people didn't know about):

Just download their vodaphone Mobile Client software and select generic device. You have to enter something in one of the columns - can't remember what it was, but if you decide to go for it, just PM me (that's if there is VMC software for Linux - or VMC light).

A_L

Oh & my coverage in a small part of North Wales is fine - faster than my home wireless.
Nobody likes a show off!
 
#7
The_Snail said:
amazing__lobster said:
If you only want occasional use of it - get the Vodaphone pay as you go deal. £40 for a dongle with 1gig of data. Each further gig of data costs £15 with no time limit on it's use - use in until it's gone.

The other companies all do pay as you go, but you lose the data after 30days & have to rebuy it! Not really pay as you go, IMO.

Not sure if it works with Linux. It's not supposed to work with a Mac yet, but I managed to find an easy work-around on a forum (that even the Vodaphone people didn't know about):

Just download their vodaphone Mobile Client software and select generic device. You have to enter something in one of the columns - can't remember what it was, but if you decide to go for it, just PM me (that's if there is VMC software for Linux - or VMC light).

A_L

Oh & my coverage in a small part of North Wales is fine - faster than my home wireless.
Nobody likes a show off!
LOL, cheers Snail - I stole the knowledge from somebody else though :)

Here's the original thread (for the OP):

http://forum.vodafone.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=13392

Also, the software they're using is available for Linux, so I don't see why the workaround shouldn't work for you :)
 
#8
Sluice_dweller said:
I am currently in the UK on a course for a few weeks and know I will not cope without internet access, and it might be handy for the course anyway. Hence the thought of pay as you go.

Have looked at 3, but not sure if it will work with linux or what the coverage is going to be like . Course is in the Aldershot area - any thought or suggestions?

Sluice
Google reviews before you committ, 3 are apparently pretty bad.
 
#9
BIPOLAR - No thats why I am asking about pay as you go access!

AL - Cheers will have a look at vodaphone

Slug - I am NOT going home and yes I am aware that I would need a dongle, just not sure who's to buy! You daft mare :)

Taffnp - will take a look - ta!

Cheers for the helpful replies
 
#10
Sluice_dweller said:
BIPOLAR - No thats why I am asking about pay as you go access!

AL - Cheers will have a look at vodaphone

Slug - I am NOT going home and yes I am aware that I would need a dongle, just not sure who's to buy! You daft mare :)

Taffnp - will take a look - ta!

Cheers for the helpful replies
Surely you mean "whose". Get a Vodathief one so you can call me.
 
#11
May be worth looking at O2 3G dongle were £30.00 before Xmas and PAYG tariff is

Pay for usage as you go. You can buy mobile broadband access on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Mobile Broadband Daily
(available for 24 hours) - For £2 for 500MB + Unlimited Wi-Fi
Mobile Broadband Weekly
(available for 7 days) - For £7.50 for 1GB + Unlimited Wi-Fi
Mobile Broadband Monthly
(available for 30 days) - For £15 for 3GB + Unlimited Wi-Fi



See Here although it does say PC & Mac
 
#12
Best PAYG mobile broadband atm is IMO T-Mobile. 40 pounds for the dongle.

Then:

30 days access at 20quid (Fairuse policy of 3gigs apply).
or 2 pounds a day.

All other operators slap on extortionate charges if you exceed their bandwidth limits. 1 coy charges 1 pound a mb over the limit, some charge 20p per mb.
 
#13
Just how much surfing would you have to do to use up 3GB a month?

Serious question?

Does streaming movies via veoh or divx count as 'downloads' or am I being a bit of a thicko?
 
#14
Videos on youtubes are at least 2mb per min. Divx streaming will probably be more. And yes, they do count as downloads.

When I am on leave and use internet everyday, it isn't too difficult to hit the 3 gig limit as sites are getting more and more graphics intensive. I also d/l music and watch streaming video a fair bit.
 
#15
I have a 3 dongle which is quick and cheap but, there is always a but, its down to usage. Peak times it can be slow and depends on the density of population using 3 in a particular area. I also use my o2 phone from time to time and it can give similar results speed wise and cost is the same.

3 are a victim of there own popularity but will always be one step ahead of the rest due to there commitment to high end technology.

Edited to add;

In fact I can give a review of vodaphone as my sister has purchased one of them laptop/dongle bundles. Bag of shi t steer well clear of.
 
#17
I've been using my laptop and O2 mobile phone together to for the last 6 months to get online when I'm away from home. Sounds like you're on Linux, which is obviously different from the Mac I'm using but the principle should be the same. I enable Bluetooth on both mobile and laptop, connect the two together and Bob's your uncle.

These two links seem to explain how to do it with Ubuntu, but I don't speak linuxgeekeese so it's jibberish to me.
http://ubuntu-help.co.cc/index.php/...t/46-mobile-broadband-internet-over-bluetooth
http://www.spiration.co.uk/post/1307/Ubuntu Linux - Bluetooth and GPRS dialup connection

I'm on a pay monthly contract with O2, but their pay-as-you-go Web Bolt On (more secure than a strap-on?) is available here for £7.50 in addition to your call + text top-ups:
http://www.o2.co.uk/mobilestariffs/tariffs/paygo/o2webbolton
http://www.o2.co.uk/mobilestariffs/tariffs/paygo/paygotariffs
 
#18
I just got a dongle, monthly contract is a pain in the cnut to set up (jumping through admin hoops)

Set up didn't work at first but rang up the techno geeks and after 30 minutes on the phone I was up and running

Excellent bit of kit (well after 18 hours use)
 

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