3 payg mobile broadband

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by brianhughes45, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. This offering from 3 - £50 for the modem, and £15 for 3GB -is looking
    like an attractive proposition- has anyone had any experience? My
    questions would be: can you get Linux or Windows Me drivers for it,
    and can it be unlocked?
     
    brianhughes45, Jun 5, 2008
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    John Burke Guest

    I've been using it successfuly for 2 months now.

    I don't like their customer service.
    It self-installs its own drivers and won't work without usb 2.0.

    I don't know if its OS specific.
    Don't know.
     
    John Burke, Jun 5, 2008
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    mymail Guest

    What don't you like about them John could it be because they are in
    India or somewhere and you cannot understand half that they are
    saying?.
    I have a 3 mobile and this the only complaint I have regarding 3
    but I have only called CS twice about two very trivial matters anyway.
     
    mymail, Jun 5, 2008
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    xCx Guest

    www.play.com are doing it for £39.99, exactly the same, plus,
    if you buy it through www.quidco.com you'll get cashback, or,
    if you have a nectar card and buy it through their estores
    link you'll get nectar points for it.

    The one on play has quite good support for Linux.
     
    xCx, Jun 5, 2008
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    John Burke Guest

    1. I had to navigate a non-user friendly menu several times to eventually
    obtain a human contact.

    2. Although whoever/wherever I spoke to had good enough English, I still
    objected to hearing bs.

    3. Their later email response completely ignored the issue I'd raised

    However, 1, 2 & 3 do seem to be industry standard now IME.
    This concerned my access somehow being charged at the wrong tariff.
     
    John Burke, Jun 5, 2008
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    steve Guest

    I think both versions work under Linux but it is apparently easier to
    get the Huawei one (white one) working.

    I also know that one can also be unlocked using online tools for 15
    euros. I unlocked and use my 3 one on T-mobile.

    It does have problems switching from HSPDA to 3G on T-mobile but I think
    that is a network issue.

    Steve.
     
    steve, Jun 5, 2008
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    mymail Guest

    Having had few years of this with Blueyonder now Virgin media and BT I
    have kind a got used to it .
    I expect to here a live human voice when ever I ring some company or
    other but it looks like I am going to have to expect for a long time
    because I am convinced it just ain't going to happen anymore. I called
    3 this afternoon and wanted to speak with a human myself but could not
    get even near to one 1,2,3,etc etc etc was all I was getting so gave
    up in the end . I was actually wanting some more info regarding the BB
    offering not to worry it is their loss not mine when I first went
    through the sign up already having an account with them they where
    wanting only 7.50 a month but I backed out decided to have a little
    think . About an hour later went back in did the sign up thing again
    this time however they where wanting 7.50 for the dongle AND 7.50
    for the BB account a month which was the reason for me contacting them
    to get clarification .
     
    mymail, Jun 5, 2008
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    Ivor Jones Guest

    In <> typed, for
    some strange, unexplained reason:
    : This offering from 3 - £50 for the modem, and £15 for 3GB -is looking
    : like an attractive proposition- has anyone had any experience? My
    : questions would be: can you get Linux or Windows Me drivers for it,
    : and can it be unlocked?

    I was seriously tempted by this device, but was told by the sales droid
    that you have to top up by at least £10 per month, whether you use up all
    the credit or not. The thing is no good to me if I have to keep throwing
    money at it, I only considered it for occasional use if I go away for a
    weekend etc., I don't have any use for it most of the time, I already have
    internet access at home and at work.

    Sounds like a contract under another name to me, surely if it's Pay As You
    Go the credit should be good for as long as I keep it active..? On my
    phone the credit stays live as long as a call is made every 180 days, why
    is this different..?

    Ivor
     
    Ivor Jones, Jun 8, 2008
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    mymail Guest

    I wouldn't touch "pay has you go" Ivor unless you only intend using it
    a few times a year I have a payg phone on Virgin which hasn't even
    been switched on since I came back from Belgium three months ago
    and won't be until August when I go again . I have a 3 contract phone
    for everyday use so I will get the mobile broadband for 7.50 a month
    and the modem is free which I intend ordering at some point today .
     
    mymail, Jun 8, 2008
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    Soruk Guest

    My sister has one working in Win2000 on USB1.1. It shouldn't need USB2 as
    its peak speed is 3.6Mbit/sec which is way below the ceiling 11Mbit/sec of
    USB1.1.

    Recent Linux distros work with it just fine (I got hers working on my
    Fedora 6 laptop), but in Windows, it's only Win2000/XP/Vista.
    They only advertise it as Windows and MacOSX, but recent Linux kernels
    also include drivers.
     
    Soruk, Jun 8, 2008
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    Soruk Guest

    My understanding of it is you need to do that if you want continuous
    broadband availability. If you don't activate another £10 for mobile
    broadband once the first has run out, you get charged £1/Mbyte. No idea
    how long the credit lasts otherwise.
     
    Soruk, Jun 8, 2008
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    pjlusenet Guest

    I think 3 do PAYG differently from the other companies. They expect
    you to top-up each month. So in some respects it's like a contract.
    I've got one of these USB modems. I intend to pay for a month at a
    time but only when I think I'll need it.

    I've not tried that yet but I assume 3 will let me do this.
     
    pjlusenet, Jun 8, 2008
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    Ivor Jones Guest

    In <> typed, for some strange,
    unexplained reason:

    [snip]

    : I think 3 do PAYG differently from the other companies. They expect
    : you to top-up each month. So in some respects it's like a contract.
    : I've got one of these USB modems. I intend to pay for a month at a
    : time but only when I think I'll need it.
    :
    : I've not tried that yet but I assume 3 will let me do this.

    Let me know. To me, PAYG should be exactly that, and as I don't really
    imagine needing mobile internet all that often, I don't see why I should
    pay for airtime that will disappear even though I've paid for it. That to
    me smacks of profiteering - "we've got your money, but we're still going
    to cut you off..!"

    I've got a couple of PAYG SIM cards that haven't been used for several
    months, but they're still active.


    Ivor
     
    Ivor Jones, Jun 8, 2008
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  14. Really? I've had a 3 SIM for 7 weeks and never topped it up. It came with
    no credit (was 99p from eBay). First I ported over a number from Tesco,
    which gave me a tenner of credit. Then about a week later I bought the 1GB
    mobile broadband option and used that for a month. Now it's run out, and
    I've got a nil balance on the SIM. It still works for My3, it just
    doesn't if I try to go outside the 3 WAP site. I've received no texts
    or calls hassling me to topup my SIM.

    I'd be really interested to know if 3 expect me to top it up frequently, as
    that'll be a big disincentive to using it. Like you I only plan to use
    mobile broadband as and when I need it. If I wanted it all the time I'd get
    a contract.

    Theo
     
    Theo Markettos, Jun 9, 2008
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    pjlusenet Guest

    My understanding is that if you top-up your 3 SIM then the credit will
    have a time limit of a month(?). If you don't use it you lose it.
    That's different from the other networks on PAYG.

    Networks will turn off a SIM if it's not used for a few months. I
    don't know what the time limit is with 3 whether the SIM has credit on
    it or not. If they DO turn off a SIM I'd hope it would be easy to get
    it turned on again when you need it, by offering them some money (of
    course)
     
    pjlusenet, Jun 10, 2008
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