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Anonymous
(Unregistered)Fri 08-Jun-12 10:42:41
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Hi
I'm going to be in London for several weeks on and off through June/July staying at a house with no broadband. The house has a phone line but assume previous tenant will have terminated it. I have a laptop. Can anyone tell me the best and cheapest way to have broadband access for such a short intermittent time? As I don't want to re-initiate the BT line as I'll only be there for a couple of months on and off, I'm guessing the only possibility is a dongly thing (sorry I've never had anything to do with mobile broadband before so a novice at thsi) Is it possible without a contract.

Thanks for any help.
Standard User vivaciti
(knowledge is power) Fri 08-Jun-12 13:47:43
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You can have a short term service, we do quite a lot of them for events etc, but it can work out a little expensive, as you need to pay the ADSL activation and cease charge, the phone line is not so bad as this can normally be re-started for just £6.00, with a monthly contract, but when you add all these bits up it may be better off getting a 3G dongle as there can be purchased on a PAYG service and just topping up the amount of data you need, being in London the signal should be OK, but that will be the limiting factor.

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Standard User greenglide
(member) Fri 08-Jun-12 13:54:03
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You can get a Wireless Dongle on a Pay as you Go basis, just like a phone.

Check the normal mobile networks for coverage and you can get a dongle with an initial data "included in the cost" . Note that to get a sensible amount of data is not cheap.

You could use a 3 phone on one of their "all you can eat" internet plans - they allow truly unlimited amounts of data although, technically, only the most expensive one allows tethering but if you have a phone with an access point built in (lots of Android ones do) then I dont see how they would know!

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Anonymous
(Unregistered)Fri 08-Jun-12 17:22:07
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Thanks for responses which have given me the leg up to find out more. It seems like a simple question I know, but really I didn't know what the term was to search on so PAYG mobile broadband is what I want.
Can I ask another daftish question now I've got the idea. Can you just walk into say an Orange shop and buy a payg dongle and use it right away without waiting for activation etc?

Thanks again.
Standard User rikbean
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Fri 08-Jun-12 17:38:56
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Yes. smile

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Anonymous
(Unregistered)Fri 08-Jun-12 18:06:51
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Thank you.
Standard User RobertoS
(sensei) Fri 08-Jun-12 18:22:03
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Some friends of ours moved from the Manchester area to Milton Keynes and it took a fair while for BT to get their act together and transfer the broadband connection.

They managed very well with an O2 dongle.

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Standard User jchamier
(knowledge is power) Fri 08-Jun-12 18:36:34
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Thanks for any help.


USB dongles work well for computers - but if you need to get game systems online, then look at the WiFi versions.

Argos sell the Three "MiFi" wireless router on PAYG for £90 and then you top up for usage.

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Standard User blueacid
(committed) Sat 09-Jun-12 17:55:41
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Thanks for any help.


USB dongles work well for computers - but if you need to get game systems online, then look at the WiFi versions.

Argos sell the Three "MiFi" wireless router on PAYG for £90 and then you top up for usage.


Yeah but with gaming the slightly higher ping of 3g becomes a problem; 80-100msec typically on 3g versus 20-30 on an ADSL connection.
Standard User jchamier
(knowledge is power) Sun 10-Jun-12 12:19:49
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Yeah but with gaming the slightly higher ping of 3g becomes a problem; 80-100msec typically on 3g versus 20-30 on an ADSL connection.


Agreed - sadly a problem with UMTS/HSPA technology - no solution until LTE (4G) is licensed and can be built, UK is really behind in this :-/
Not all games need low latency however - some just need to see the server.

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