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Standard User clyde123
(regular) Wed 24-May-17 16:54:37
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That's good to know about. Haven't checked out the costs yet though. Thanks
Standard User Discus
(experienced) Wed 24-May-17 20:16:51
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A Three PAYG sim. Put £10 on it and convert to an add on. You then get 1GB data, 100 minutes and 3000 text messages. Lasts a month. Just come back from France, Belgium, Holland and Germany, coverage was great.

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Edited by Discus (Wed 24-May-17 20:19:00)

Standard User ainsley001
(regular) Tue 30-May-17 20:53:06
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I came back from France yesterday. Bought a 3 PAYG sim before I went - completely useless! (i'm on O2 here which is also a nightmare for travel)

3 limit the sim to 3g and won't allow tethering - even a VPN won't get round those locks as it uses location services to track where you are. This resulted in my wife and I being on identical phones, sat next to each other and she was getting a 4G signal (via Vodafone) fast as you liek and I could barely open web pages.

There is an Orange France Holiday sim that seems to fit the bill until the 15th of June when hopefully all of this nonsense won't matter - not sure if you have to buy it there or can pre-Oder.


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Standard User Discus
(experienced) Tue 30-May-17 21:09:39
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3 limit the sim to 3g and won't allow tethering -


Not sure that is right about France, as I have had 4G in France (Dunkirk), Belgium, Holland, Germany and Spain with a 3 PAYG sim.

That said, I can't even get 4G on the sim in parts of the UK, (nor can I with my Vodafone), so surely it depends on the signal quality in the locality?

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Standard User RobertoS
(elder) Tue 30-May-17 23:28:14
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I bought a 3 PAYG Sim today in a newsagent. Once I had it up and running but zero balance I decided to register on their site rather than just topup online anonymously. So I had a look around their website at the same time. I found this while I was doing that.
On our Essential Plans, you can’t use your inclusive data allowance to create a personal hotspot (this is where you share your phone’s internet with other devices such as tablets and laptops). If you want to do this, you can buy an Add-Personal Hotspot Add-on when needed of 1GB, 3GB or 6GB.
Re 4G, as others have said it depends on signal strength. Inside my house or even most of the time in the garden I can only connect on 3G, though it does detect a 4G signal. Half a mile away it happily picks up 4G.

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Standard User clyde123
(regular) Thu 15-Jun-17 15:53:30
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Update on this thread.
Firstly many thanks to all who contributed to the thread, very informative, and I appreciated all the info and experiences of others.
What I ended up doing :
1. Bought a Vodafone PAYG sim for £10, the Big Value Bundle. 100 mins, 100 texts, 500MB, 30 days, valid Europe Zone. I put this in my smartphone and ended up this was what I used the whole time I was in France. Coverage was excellent, 4G.

2. I had originally bought a 3 PAYG data sim. Installed this into my mobile router. This did work well. However I had problems with Zoiper running on my phone while the phone connected by wifi to this router. I just didn't have enough spare time while over there to try lots of different setups.

Given the EU Roaming changes coming in today, this is probably not of much use to anyone. But appreciate the advices.
Standard User RobertoS
(elder) Thu 15-Jun-17 17:28:35
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Given the EU Roaming changes coming in today, this is probably not of much use to anyone. But appreciate the advices.
Which may revert come April 2019.

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Standard User toph3r
(experienced) Tue 04-Jul-17 22:29:17
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For Three it is 2 months and they "may" suspend the inclusive offering.


I've had a 3 PAYG sim here in the US with me for >5 years with limited issues. Twice they have suspended my service abroad - once with notice, the second without.

Both times the 'ban' was simply overcome by ordering a replacement SIM. It's hilarious how amateur they are at implementing the ban.

Edited by toph3r (Tue 04-Jul-17 22:29:39)

Standard User BatBoy
(sensei) Wed 05-Jul-17 12:29:30
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Hi Chris, that's a good way to get around the ban, but there is still the logistical problem of actually receiving a new sim card while abroad. How do you do that and what sort of delay does it entail?
Standard User toph3r
(experienced) Wed 05-Jul-17 14:43:52
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Simply have it sent to an associate in the UK, then ask them to ship it to you wherever you are.
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