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Standard User jollyjackdaw
(newbie) Sun 15-Jul-18 08:45:20
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Mobile short-term contracts


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My nephew is moving into a rented flat just outside Newport Wales, in a few weeks' time and needs to find a way of setting up some broadband. Long-term contracts are out of the question right now. Unfortunately he doesn't yet know whether the property has a landline, so until the technicalities can be sorted out for that, it seems that mobile broadband is his only option. I understand no-one does short-term fibre so that's out as well.

He's a programmer and needs to use a laptop screen-size for his private research work...so relying just on a smart-phone for everything isn't going to be good enough. He also downloads quite a lot of stuff, so data usage is quite high (I don't know what, exactly). Does anyone have any recommendations for a mobile provider, short-term (say, for a couple of months) while alternatives are being set up? I am passing to him an unused TP Link MR6400 router, which I believe is a good one for 4G mobile.
What I've checked out so far indicates that Three Mobile might suit; but I have no experience myself of mobile broadband so others' input would be useful.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Sun 15-Jul-18 10:03:11
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Re: Mobile short-term contracts


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All depends on the data usage level.

The VDSL2 (?fibre) services and Virgin Media are available on 1 month contracts

https://www.thinkbroadband.com/packages and select 0 -3 months contract filter

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Standard User jchamier
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Sun 15-Jul-18 10:09:23
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Re: Mobile short-term contracts


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Most important consideration at this point will be to find which mobile network works well in that location, indoors.

EE, Vodafone, Three, and O2 are all worth trying using a PAYG SIM first before signing up to any longer term contract.

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Standard User flippery
(fountain of knowledge) Sun 15-Jul-18 13:03:40
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Pulse8 broadband do 1 month fibre contract
Standard User jollyjackdaw
(newbie) Sun 15-Jul-18 14:34:50
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Hello, thank you all for those thoughts and links....hadn't spotted the packages section on here, although have found others. Had never come across Pulse8, could be useful....my nephew is on low-ish pay, so has to watch the pennies.
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