We use a Vodafone dongle when visiting my mum in Scotland. Found their mast and it is just over half a mile from the house. General browsing is ok but anything else is a chore.
I even parked the car in a layby within 200yds from the mast (full strength on the meter) but still downloads were taking ages.
Maybe it's just Vodafone and/or my dongle but the speed is not great. Luckily I got the PAYG dongle with no time limit expiry. £15 lasts the whole year.
Was Eclipse Home Option 1 & VM 2Mb
Now O2 standard