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  1. #1
    James Sheerin
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    I have just abandoned Orange as I am now working in Cumbria and have
    had too many problems with coverage. For the time being I have signed
    up with Tesco (O2) but am unable to get proper internet access. I am
    looking for a contract which provides reasonably economic gprs full
    internet access but without commitment to a large monthly bundle.
    Coverage in Cuumbria seems to be best with O2 and Vodafone.

    As I now have no contract and an unlocked phone I would also be
    interested in any deals which might get me a decent free phone as a
    spare (or possibly a datacard for my laptop).




    See More: Best Data Package/Network




  2. #2
    zacnici
    Guest

    Re: Best Data Package/Network

    James Sheerin wrote:
    > I have just abandoned Orange as I am now working in Cumbria and have
    > had too many problems with coverage. For the time being I have signed
    > up with Tesco (O2) but am unable to get proper internet access. I am
    > looking for a contract which provides reasonably economic gprs full
    > internet access but without commitment to a large monthly bundle.
    > Coverage in Cuumbria seems to be best with O2 and Vodafone.


    If you have O2 coverage, you could try their pay and go. If you top up
    by 10 a month you get bonus minutes in addition to your credit and
    also 1Mb, not to sure if that is unrestricted GPRS or whether just the
    O2 Active and Imode sites, additional is 3 Mb and you can also buy
    the Bolt Ons.

    Not aware of any Voda deals on PAYG and understand it is a flat rate of
    7.50 Mb.

    If you have Tmobile coverage you could also try Easymobile. 3Mb, no
    smtp for email so you need to get your own smtp server that will allow
    access.

    Sorry not familiar with the contract deals but no doubt other posters
    may be able to help.

    Regards




  3. #3
    Dave C
    Guest

    Re: Best Data Package/Network

    zacnici wrote:
    >
    > If you have O2 coverage, you could try their pay and go. If you top up
    > by 10 a month you get bonus minutes in addition to your credit and
    > also 1Mb, not to sure if that is unrestricted GPRS or whether just the
    > O2 Active and Imode sites, additional is 3 Mb and you can also buy
    > the Bolt Ons.
    >


    Not on PAYG Wap Browsing only - no full Internet access
    --
    Dave C



  4. #4
    James Sheerin
    Guest

    Re: Best Data Package/Network


    zacnici wrote:
    >
    > If you have O2 coverage, you could try their pay and go. If you top up
    > by 10 a month you get bonus minutes in addition to your credit and
    > also 1Mb, not to sure if that is unrestricted GPRS or whether just the
    > O2 Active and Imode sites, additional is 3 Mb and you can also buy
    > the Bolt Ons.
    > etc


    I don't think any networks allow access to internet APNs on PAYG. It's
    a shame Tesco don't allow this as otherwise their all calls rate at 10p
    per minute would be excellent.




  5. #5
    Mehdi
    Guest

    Re: Best Data Package/Network

    On 16 Jul 2006 04:46:21 -0700, James Sheerin wrote:

    > zacnici wrote:
    >>
    >> If you have O2 coverage, you could try their pay and go. If you top up
    >> by 10 a month you get bonus minutes in addition to your credit and
    >> also 1Mb, not to sure if that is unrestricted GPRS or whether just the
    >> O2 Active and Imode sites, additional is 3 Mb and you can also buy
    >> the Bolt Ons.
    >> etc

    >
    > I don't think any networks allow access to internet APNs on PAYG. It's
    > a shame Tesco don't allow this as otherwise their all calls rate at 10p
    > per minute would be excellent.


    Virgin Mobile does, but at 5/MB. Since it's using the T-Mobile network, i
    would naively think that T-Mobile does also (although i know, this is not
    related). In the thread "PAYG 3G data tariffs" i started a few days ago,
    hairydog and Dave C pointed out the new T-Mobile PAYG tarifs starting from
    August:
    <http://www.t-mobilepressoffice.co.uk/press/uk/2006/20.06.06-wnw-pay-as-you-go.htm>

    7.5/MB but with a max of 1 per day after which you can keep browsing for
    free. If you've got T-Mobile coverage and use the mobile Internet quite a
    lot, it's probably going to be your best bet.

    I don't think that O2 or vodafone are offering any decent rates for data.
    The only two data friendly operators seem to be Orange and T-Mobile.



  6. #6
    Stephen Henson
    Guest

    Re: Best Data Package/Network

    In article <[email protected]>,
    [email protected] says...
    >
    > Virgin Mobile does, but at 5/MB. Since it's using the T-Mobile network, i
    > would naively think that T-Mobile does also (although i know, this is not
    > related). In the thread "PAYG 3G data tariffs" i started a few days ago,
    > hairydog and Dave C pointed out the new T-Mobile PAYG tarifs starting from
    > August:
    > <http://www.t-mobilepressoffice.co.uk/press/uk/2006/20.06.06-wnw-pay-as-you-go.htm>
    >
    > 7.5/MB but with a max of 1 per day after which you can keep browsing for
    > free. If you've got T-Mobile coverage and use the mobile Internet quite a
    > lot, it's probably going to be your best bet.
    >


    There is a T-mobile SIM only contract deal which is 7.50 a month to
    which WnW can be added for a further 7.50 a month. It can be cancelled
    with 30 days notice at any time.

    So for heavier usage that may work out best.

    It also includes 50 cross network minutes.

    The T&Cs for WnW prohibit various things including laptop modem use
    (presumably PAYG will too). You can add WnW Pro bundle instead for 10 a
    month which doesn't have that restriction.

    Steve.



  7. #7
    Steve Dulieu
    Guest

    Re: Best Data Package/Network


    "Mehdi" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > On 16 Jul 2006 04:46:21 -0700, James Sheerin wrote:
    >
    >> zacnici wrote:
    >>>
    >>> If you have O2 coverage, you could try their pay and go. If you top up
    >>> by 10 a month you get bonus minutes in addition to your credit and
    >>> also 1Mb, not to sure if that is unrestricted GPRS or whether just the
    >>> O2 Active and Imode sites, additional is 3 Mb and you can also buy
    >>> the Bolt Ons.
    >>> etc

    >>
    >> I don't think any networks allow access to internet APNs on PAYG. It's
    >> a shame Tesco don't allow this as otherwise their all calls rate at 10p
    >> per minute would be excellent.

    >
    > Virgin Mobile does, but at 5/MB. Since it's using the T-Mobile network, i
    > would naively think that T-Mobile does also (although i know, this is not
    > related). In the thread "PAYG 3G data tariffs" i started a few days ago,
    > hairydog and Dave C pointed out the new T-Mobile PAYG tarifs starting from
    > August:
    > <http://www.t-mobilepressoffice.co.uk/press/uk/2006/20.06.06-wnw-pay-as-you-go.htm>
    >
    > 7.5/MB but with a max of 1 per day after which you can keep browsing for
    > free. If you've got T-Mobile coverage and use the mobile Internet quite a
    > lot, it's probably going to be your best bet.
    >
    > I don't think that O2 or vodafone are offering any decent rates for data.
    > The only two data friendly operators seem to be Orange and T-Mobile.


    If the OP has T-Mobile coverage, then a web 'n' walk professional contract
    might be worth considering. 20 quid a month for unlimited data (2GB cap) and
    a free GPRS/3G/Wi-Fi data card. This is an 18 month contract, if he went for
    a 12 month one the data card would cost 60 quid.

    http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/Dispatcher...nPricePlan=pmt

    Alternatively, if he went for a SIM only contract, by adding the 7.50
    consumer add on to T-Mobile's 50 mins for 7.50 monthly SIM only contract,
    He would get unlimited data (with the inevitable 2Gb cap) and 50 minutes
    talk time for 15 quid a month with no minimum term. Although it should be
    noted that the T&Cs specifically prohibit using you phone as a modem for a
    PC on this tariff.

    http://www.t-mobile.co.uk/Dispatcher...al_sim_only_pm

    Some people have also reported getting T-Mobile's "secret" web 'n' walk pro
    bundle added to consumer tariffs, including the SIM only one, this costs 10
    per month and has no prohibition on using the phone as a modem. It is not
    shown anywhere on the T-Mobile web site and can only be obtained by phoning
    customer services and asking the CS rep to add the "web 'n' walk pro bundle"
    to your tariff.






  8. #8
    James Sheerin
    Guest

    Re: Best Data Package/Network


    Steve Dulieu wrote:
    >
    > Some people have also reported getting T-Mobile's "secret" web 'n' walk pro
    > bundle added to consumer tariffs, including the SIM only one, this costs 10
    > per month and has no prohibition on using the phone as a modem. It is not
    > shown anywhere on the T-Mobile web site and can only be obtained by phoning
    > customer services and asking the CS rep to add the "web 'n' walk pro bundle"
    > to your tariff.


    This seems a very good deal if I can get it. 17.50 per month for 50
    mins of calls and unlimited data if I understand correctly. I've
    nothing to lose by signing up for the sim and will then see if I can
    get the web'n'walk pro bundle added. My ony worry is coverage in the
    Lake District (which is where I started from!) I'm a bit suspicious
    there may be a lose connection in my P910i which may be contribbuting
    to the problem.

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions -much appreciated.




  9. #9

    Re: Best Data Package/Network

    On 16 Jul 2006 04:46:21 -0700, "James Sheerin" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >I don't think any networks allow access to internet APNs on PAYG.


    Oh, they do!

    --

    Iain
    the out-of-date hairydog guide to mobile phones
    http://www.hairydog.co.uk/cell1.html
    Browse now while stocks last!



  10. #10
    zacnici
    Guest

    Re: Best Data Package/Network

    [email protected] wrote:
    > On 16 Jul 2006 04:46:21 -0700, "James Sheerin" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >I don't think any networks allow access to internet APNs on PAYG.

    >
    > Oh, they do!


    Hence my question about T Mobile coverage, I use an Easymobile SIM on
    my XDA PDA/phone as it it offers full internet access, APN is data.uk,
    no user name or password, simple. They do not have SMTP though so you
    will have to find your own SMTP. The data rate is 3 Mb. Rather than
    get into a Tmobile contract or spend 5 on a T mobile SIM then another
    5 - 10 top up only to find that the T mobile coverage is not
    adequate,get an Easymobile SIM for 2 and get 25 of credit chucked
    in (offer ends 19 July). https://www.easymobile.com/ That way you can
    check the coverage for minimal layout, if it works then you have 8Mb
    for 2 and can then decide whether to continue with Easymobile or go
    with Tmobile

    Regards




  11. #11
    James Sheerin
    Guest

    Re: Best Data Package/Network


    zacnici wrote:
    >
    > Hence my question about T Mobile coverage, I use an Easymobile SIM on
    > my XDA PDA/phone as it it offers full internet access, APN is data.uk,
    > no user name or password, simple. They do not have SMTP though so you
    > will have to find your own SMTP. The data rate is 3 Mb. Rather than


    Thanks for this. I have signed up for a T-mobile sim but only on a
    monthly contract as yet. I may take up your suggestion of Easymobile
    which will avoid the need for a data subscription. Any suggestions for
    how to get around the SMTP problem? Does the SMTP restriction apply to
    T_mobile as well?




  12. #12
    James Sheerin
    Guest

    Re: Best Data Package/Network


    [email protected] wrote:
    > On 16 Jul 2006 04:46:21 -0700, "James Sheerin" <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >
    > Oh, they do!


    Ian, anyone else other than Easymobile?

    --
    James




  13. #13
    zacnici
    Guest

    Re: Best Data Package/Network

    Regarding Easymobile and SMTP, it's not so much a restriction, it's
    just that they do not have an SMTP server.

    T Mobile SMTP server is smtp.t-email.co.uk see
    http://www.filesaveas.com/gprs.html

    You could try the Easymobile SIM to see if the T Mob SMTP server will
    allow acceess, probably not, otherwise I think www.hotpop.com has an
    SMTP server that you can use.

    Regards




  14. #14
    James Sheerin
    Guest

    Re: Best Data Package/Network


    zacnici wrote:

    > Regarding Easymobile and SMTP, it's not so much a restriction, it's
    > just that they do not have an SMTP server.
    >
    > T Mobile SMTP server is smtp.t-email.co.uk see
    > http://www.filesaveas.com/gprs.html
    >

    Just to report back. I now have my T-mobile sim on the sim only deal
    plus pro web 'n' walk. Everything seeems to work fine. No problems
    sending or receiving email (connecting to exchange server via imap and
    smtp). All I need to find out now is what the coverage is like in the
    Lakes. (I'm back in sunny Newcastle for the weekend.) Thanks again to
    everyone for the help.

    As a bonus I have an easymobile payg sim with 25 credit - all for
    2. Thanks again to all for the helpful advice.
    --
    James




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