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  1. #1
    Paul Beverley
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    (This doesn't seem to have got on the list, so I'm resending it.)

    Hi All

    I have a Novatel Merlin U630 datacard supplied by O2. Should I
    be able to replace the O2 SIM with my Vodafone one from my phone
    and use that instead sometimes (i.e. if I'm somewhere where
    there's a hole in the O2 network)?

    I have tried, but get Error 619 from my Windows XP laptop when I
    try.


    All the best,

    Paul


    Paul Beverley, Editor, Living with Technology & Archive Magazine
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  2. #2
    Taylor
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    Re: One datacard with two providers?

    "Paul Beverley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:d28[email protected]
    > Hi All
    >
    > I have a Novatel Merlin U630 datacard supplied by O2. Should I
    > be able to replace the O2 SIM with my Vodafone one from my phone
    > and use that instead sometimes (i.e. if I'm somewhere where
    > there's a hole in the O2 network)?
    >
    > I have tried, but get Error 619 from my Windows XP laptop when I
    > try.


    This is something I'm not experienced in, with respect to your card that you
    mentioned.

    However, are the settings on the software used by the card set to o2 only?
    You can't use o2's access-point, for example, with a Vodafone sim card. Is
    data enabled on the Vodafone sim, usually via a call to Vodafone themselves?

    In theory I imagine it is perfectly possible to use the aforementioned card
    with a Vodafone SIM, but quite a few settings would have to be changed.





  3. #3
    Paul Beverley
    Guest

    Re: One datacard with two providers?

    In message <vag%[email protected]>
    "Taylor" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > "Paul Beverley" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > > I have a Novatel Merlin U630 datacard supplied by O2. Should I
    > > be able to replace the O2 SIM with my Vodafone one from my phone
    > > and use that instead sometimes (i.e. if I'm somewhere where
    > > there's a hole in the O2 network)?
    > >
    > > I have tried, but get Error 619 from my Windows XP laptop when I
    > > try.

    >
    > This is something I'm not experienced in, with respect to your card that you
    > mentioned.


    Thanks for the response, Taylor. :-)


    > However, are the settings on the software used by the card set to o2 only?


    I've tried using different software. The O2 card comes with both
    'O2 Connection Manager' and 'MobiLink', the latter looking more
    generic. Both are installed on the computer, and I can chop and
    change between them. Both gave the same error when I tried to use
    them with Vodafone.

    I did then try downloading 'DashBoard' from the Vodafone website.
    I couldn't get that working either - but I did think it seemed a
    bit familiar.

    So I went back to the other two programs. They were both then
    totally screwed up! So I had to uninstall all three and then
    reinstalled the first two. Thankfully all was back to normal.

    And as I installed Connection Manager, I realised why Dahboard
    had seemed familiar. I'm pretty sure it's the same software, but
    with a different corporate colour (reddish instead of O2's blue)
    and with similar but similar different "smiling happy people" on
    the different pages as the installation progressed.


    > You can't use o2's access-point, for example, with a Vodafone sim card. Is
    > data enabled on the Vodafone sim, usually via a call to Vodafone themselves?
    >
    > In theory I imagine it is perfectly possible to use the aforementioned card
    > with a Vodafone SIM, but quite a few settings would have to be changed.


    Do you mean settings in the card? Could there be something on
    the card that is "locked" to O2?


    Someone on a computer group (Acorn) that I inhabit suggested
    that the contract I signed (with which the card came 'free')
    may have forbidden the use of the card on other networks, but
    they certainly didn't mention that at the shop.



    All the best,

    Paul


    Paul Beverley, Editor, Living with Technology & Archive Magazine
    -----------------------Phone: 01603-722544----------------------
    Freelance editing and proofreading: http://www.archivepub.co.uk/



  4. #4
    Irma Troll
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    Re: One datacard with two providers?

    Paul Beverley wrote:
    > (This doesn't seem to have got on the list, so I'm resending it.)
    >
    > Hi All
    >
    > I have a Novatel Merlin U630 datacard supplied by O2. Should I
    > be able to replace the O2 SIM with my Vodafone one from my phone
    > and use that instead sometimes (i.e. if I'm somewhere where
    > there's a hole in the O2 network)?
    >
    > I have tried, but get Error 619 from my Windows XP laptop when I
    > try.
    >
    >
    > All the best,
    >
    > Paul


    The card might be network locked.
    Irma

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  5. #5
    Jon
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    Re: One datacard with two providers?

    [email protected] declared for all the world to hear...
    > The card might be network locked.
    > Irma


    Then there's the question of completely re configuring the software to
    connect through a different network, which would have to be done for
    each SIM change.
    --
    Regards
    Jon



  6. #6
    John Kenyon
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    Re: One datacard with two providers?


    "Jon" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]t...
    > [email protected] declared for all the world to hear...
    > > The card might be network locked.
    > > Irma

    >
    > Then there's the question of completely re configuring the software to
    > connect through a different network, which would have to be done for
    > each SIM change.


    Configure the card with two connection profiles, then have two dial up
    networking
    connections, one dials *99***1# the other dials *99***2#
    (which assumes that one connection uses CID 1 and the other uses CID 2).

    I had to do a hack like this on a Voda branded phone with an Orange PAYG
    SIM installed - CID's 1 & 2 were hard coded to Vodafone, the Orange
    settings were stored under CID 3 - had to use *99***3# to get the connection
    to come up.

    /john





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