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Mobile Broadband

Last time I was in the UK I got fed up with having no WiFi, or having to pay stupid prices (£5 an hour in the hotel), or waiting for a 3G iPhone that I decided to look at a mobile broadband solution.

The one I elected to go with was the Web ‘n’ Walk from T-Mobile, specifically the Pay as you Go option.

I paid £99 for the USB modem, and it costs £4 per day for unlimited access (subject to fair use policy) which is pretty good compared to the options at hotels, airports etc.

What I needed most was the ability to be in control of when I could get access to the internet, and although it is subject to mobile phone signal coverage, to date I haven’t had any problems.

The credit on the phone lasts for 6 months and keeps rolling over so long as you use the service within the six months, so with my business trips and Sands trips back to the UK I don’t see that becoming an issue. I reckon I could even use the SIM card in a hacked iPhone when they go 3G ……..

Installation was easy enough, although the instructions are all for 10.4 which makes you realise just how much did change in 10.5, and once installed you can control through the menu bar.

The form factor is neat, and while a USB stick would have been preferable, the Pay as you Go swung it for me over the other options in the market. That plus I could get one straight away which was important to me!

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Only thing that you can’t do is use it for VOiP which is fair enough. So far I have been really impressed with the speeds achieved. I will probably get one for when I am in Dubai as well, and am even thinking of one for here in Spain for down in the Marina, especially as they do pay as you Go in both Spain and Dubai. Who would have thought it eh, could well become a three mobile broadband modem man!!!

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  1. Does VOIP fall into the the fair use restrictions, or is the connection just too slow? I’m a bit surprised that they would not let you use this for VOIP. I think 3G network should be fast enough for VOIP. So why isn’t it allowed?

  2. An alternative to this is the new Three Skypephone. You can buy a PAYG one for £50 and subscribing for a month on PAYG costs about £10 but ignore the call allocation – a PAYG Skypephone gives you a month’s access to surf the internet subject to the usual fair use etc. You simply connect the phone and Mac by bluetooth and use the phone as your modem (there are no drivers to allow you to connect via cable from a Mac). It works well and its cheap. Oh and it charges via a USB cable so no clunky adaptor if you don’t want to carry one.

    In case anyone is interested its explained here http://www.3skypephone.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=445

    HTH

  3. [quote comment=””]An alternative to this is the new Three Skypephone. You can buy a PAYG one for £50 and subscribing for a month on PAYG costs about £10 but ignore the call allocation – a PAYG Skypephone gives you a month’s access to surf the internet subject to the usual fair use etc. You simply connect the phone and Mac by bluetooth and use the phone as your modem (there are no drivers to allow you to connect via cable from a Mac). It works well and its cheap. Oh and it charges via a USB cable so no clunky adaptor if you don’t want to carry one.

    In case anyone is interested its explained here http://www.3skypephone.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=445

    HTH[/quote]Oooops should have said the above is intended for the UK only as I imagine roaming charges would be exorbitant.

  4. @Mac – I imagine it is partly to do with the fact that like iPhone/AT&T they don’t want as a telephone company to be offering a product that would reduce their core business income.

    If you pay the higher monthly contract fee you can use VOiP services, just not on the Pay As You Go and lower monthly contract options.

    @Max – I imagine those roaming charges would be huge!!!!

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