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Old 05-26-2008, 04:50 PM
SteveH
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Default Three Mobile Broadband

We're looking at getting some of the PAYG dongles for use at work -
having realised that hotel WiFi is starting to cost us quite a bit on a
monthly basis (12 for 24hrs, ffs!)

I have the T-Mobile version, which works fine for me (it's my personal
account, and the software isn't installed on my work machine), but I'm
not so sure about the Three version as they don't make it clear on their
website what happens when you're 'roaming' on GPRS.

Does anyone know if they actually do allow data roaming onto GPRS? - as
some places I stay will never get a Three 3G / HSDPA signal.

Cheers,

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Old 05-26-2008, 05:52 PM
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SteveH <steve@italiancar.co.uk> wrote:
> I have the T-Mobile version, which works fine for me (it's my personal
> account, and the software isn't installed on my work machine), but I'm
> not so sure about the Three version as they don't make it clear on their
> website what happens when you're 'roaming' on GPRS.
>
> Does anyone know if they actually do allow data roaming onto GPRS? - as
> some places I stay will never get a Three 3G / HSDPA signal.


Yes, you are allowed data roaming on GPRS. You don't need to change
anything on the laptop or the phone (I'm using a phone not a USB dongle) to
do it. The only difference is it's slower, and the connection will drop if
you move out of a 3G area. When you go to Three's mobile site on the phone
browser it tells you you're off-net and that video and similar services
aren't available, but all the usual stuff (like balance check etc) is.

It's included in any data bundle you have too (at least they haven't tried
to charge me for it).

Theo

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Old 05-26-2008, 05:55 PM
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Theo Markettos <theom+news@chiark.greenend.org.uk> wrote:

> SteveH <steve@italiancar.co.uk> wrote:
> > I have the T-Mobile version, which works fine for me (it's my personal
> > account, and the software isn't installed on my work machine), but I'm
> > not so sure about the Three version as they don't make it clear on their
> > website what happens when you're 'roaming' on GPRS.
> >
> > Does anyone know if they actually do allow data roaming onto GPRS? - as
> > some places I stay will never get a Three 3G / HSDPA signal.

>
> Yes, you are allowed data roaming on GPRS. You don't need to change
> anything on the laptop or the phone (I'm using a phone not a USB dongle) to
> do it. The only difference is it's slower, and the connection will drop if
> you move out of a 3G area. When you go to Three's mobile site on the phone
> browser it tells you you're off-net and that video and similar services
> aren't available, but all the usual stuff (like balance check etc) is.
>
> It's included in any data bundle you have too (at least they haven't tried
> to charge me for it).


Good stuff.

I know GPRS isn't ideal, but if it lets me download spreadsheets and
stuff whilst I'm out of 3G areas (as my T-Mobile version does), then I'm
happy.

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Old 05-27-2008, 12:19 AM
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SteveH wrote:
> Theo Markettos <theom+news@chiark.greenend.org.uk> wrote:
>
>
>> SteveH <steve@italiancar.co.uk> wrote:
>>
>>> I have the T-Mobile version, which works fine for me (it's my personal
>>> account, and the software isn't installed on my work machine), but I'm
>>> not so sure about the Three version as they don't make it clear on their
>>> website what happens when you're 'roaming' on GPRS.
>>>
>>> Does anyone know if they actually do allow data roaming onto GPRS? - as
>>> some places I stay will never get a Three 3G / HSDPA signal.
>>>

>> Yes, you are allowed data roaming on GPRS. You don't need to change
>> anything on the laptop or the phone (I'm using a phone not a USB dongle) to
>> do it. The only difference is it's slower, and the connection will drop if
>> you move out of a 3G area. When you go to Three's mobile site on the phone
>> browser it tells you you're off-net and that video and similar services
>> aren't available, but all the usual stuff (like balance check etc) is.
>>
>> It's included in any data bundle you have too (at least they haven't tried
>> to charge me for it).
>>

>
> Good stuff.
>
> I know GPRS isn't ideal, but if it lets me download spreadsheets and
> stuff whilst I'm out of 3G areas (as my T-Mobile version does), then I'm
> happy.
>
>

'3' have a 3G network that beats anything from rivals at this time.
I stupidly switched to Orange for a batter talk time tariff - and
frankly regret it as now have to use GSM only settings to get a reliable
service.

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