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3 Huawei E160G Mobile Broadband 12months/12GB PrePay £70.66 + P&P @ Micom-Online

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Less than £6 per month per GB. 3G UK E160G Mobile Broadband 12GB A Mobile Broadband Starter Kit is the best way to get broadband on the move or even replace your home connection. Theres no need fo…
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Less than £6 per month per GB.

3G UK E160G Mobile Broadband 12GB A Mobile Broadband Starter Kit is the best way to get broadband on the move or even replace your home connection.
Theres no need for a landline and no contract to sign, and with speeds of up to 2.8Mbps its perfect for surfing the
internet and emailing at home or on your laptop out and about.
Each Starter Kit comes loaded with data, which means you can get started straight away theres no need to top up
first, making it an ideal gift.

USB Stick Huawei E160G (white)
Auto-installs (except Macs installation drivers on website download)
Modem Supporting Windows 2000, XP, Vista & MAC OSX
Plug & play get online in minutes
Broadband speeds of up to 2.8Mbps
MicroSD memory card slot

12GB data allowance gets you
400 hours web surfing
+ 8,000 emails
+ 800 downloaded music tracks
+ 400 downloaded videos
which you can spread over 12 months
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#1
This looks like a very tempting deal. Torn between this and the PAYG Vodafone deal

I wonder how much this would cost after 12months?

I wonder what the charges/restirctions are for European (e.g. France) usage?

Found this user review

FYI here is another (more expensive) HUKD thread for the same product here
#2
If your on virgin media you can get a 12 month contract with 1gb a month for £5.
#3
are these modems updatable to receive more speed?
#4
Three customers as well can get it for £5.
#5
khalifazed
are these modems updatable to receive more speed?


Yes, they can be derestrict from 3.6Mbps to 7.2Mbps...I may have the unlocking procedure on my PC at work, but it can be easily googled.

However, you will never need it as they never come close to getting the 3.6Mbps speed they advertise (with any provider). The most I've ever had out of mine is 2Mbps, but it largely sits at way less than 1. Still very usable for basic surfing, but highly dependent on location.
3 Likes #6
deathtrap3000
If your on virgin media you can get a 12 month contract with 1gb a month for £5.


..or use the £5 PAYG trick by topping up on a 3mobile & allocating £5 to the internet whenever you feel like using the web for 30 days , pop the sim out & pop it into a modem , just don't exceed the 3Gb threshold & you're safe as houses ...[COLOR="Red"]no tie in's[/COLOR] then , now before anyone starts waxing about the T&C of PAYG use , I've heard it all before & still using this method 14 mths on!!

The E169's quite good , Once unlocked , can be used to make voice calls too from your laptop with the appropriate dashboard
By the way if it's the classic modem (E220..shaped like a contact lens case) then you can follow the method outlined in the link below to unlock it!!

[COLOR="Red"]http://xvrsfrnssks.blogspot.com/[/COLOR]
#7
darklight
..or use the £5 PAYG trick by topping up on a 3mobile & allocating £5 to the internet whenever you feel like using the web for 30 days , pop the sim out & pop it into a modem , just don't exceed the 3Gb threshold & you're safe as houses ...[COLOR="Red"]no tie in's[/COLOR] then , now before anyone starts waxing about the T&C of PAYG use , I've heard it all before & still using this method 14 mths on!!

The E169's quite good , Once unlocked , can be used to make voice calls too from your laptop with the appropriate dashboard
By the way if it's the classic modem (E220..shaped like a contact lens case) then you can follow the method outlined in the link below to unlock it!!

[COLOR="Red"]http://xvrsfrnssks.blogspot.com/[/COLOR]


Way to go, Darklight. Nice.
#8
I use my Nokia 6220 as my modem... Paid £5 for extra internet capability
#9
So can anyone answer this

I have a mobile phone contract with 3, I have an internet max add on with this contract, does this mean I can put this straight into a 3 dongle?
#10
jebervic
So can anyone answer this

I have a mobile phone contract with 3, I have an internet max add on with this contract, does this mean I can put this straight into a 3 dongle?


Yes easy enough to run in a dongle , just be careful , as in a contract you could be charged for unfair usage , & if they did find you out you cant refuse to pay up! By the way you phone may have a HSDPA Switch in the MENU to let you use it as a modem via B'tooth. Read your manual or google it.
The way I see it , with a PAYG chip , as soon as they start throttling ports for unfair use, just get a new SIM, the trick is to have no more than £10 topup at anytime so you wouldnt lose out.

Better still get yourself an O2 Iphone 3g sim( it should say that on the packaging for a tenner off flea bay & actvate your 12month free web bolt-on & you have free internet access for a year , no monthly top up req'd for 12 months!! ( i use this too)
Pop the Sim into an O2 dongle & use the mobile Partner Generic dashboard, FOR free internet access for 12 MONTHS, no other top up req'd.
For all these methods the trick is not to go over the allowance, so streaming all those vids of B-Spears, or Youtube is not a good idea!! as with excessive data streaming you can easily max out!!

cheap 3 dongle

http://www.cdiscount.co.uk/Computing/MobileBroadband/f-910-180686.html?refer=TDR&cm_mmc=Tradedoubler-_-Cdiscount%20program-_-HotUKDeals%201018132-_-n/a&tduid=532d848e4c5f1d15bec17139cb38a771
#11
darklight
Yes easy enough to run in a dongle , just be careful , as in a contract you could be charged for unfair usage , & if they did find you out you cant refuse to pay up! By the way you phone may have a HSDPA Switch in the MENU to let you use it as a modem via B'tooth. Read your manual or google it.
The way I see it , with a PAYG chip , as soon as they start throttling ports for unfair use, just get a new SIM, the trick is to have no more than £10 topup at anytime so you wouldnt lose out.

Better still get yourself an O2 Iphone 3g sim( it should say that on the packaging for a tenner off flea bay & actvate your 12month free web bolt-on & you have free internet access for a year , no monthly top up req'd for 12 months!! ( i use this too)
Pop the Sim into an O2 dongle & use the mobile Partner Generic dashboard, FOR free internet access for 12 MONTHS, no other top up req'd.
For all these methods the trick is not to go over the allowance, so streaming all those vids of B-Spears, or Youtube is not a good idea!! as with excessive data streaming you can easily max out!!

cheap 3 dongle

http://www.cdiscount.co.uk/Computing/MobileBroadband/f-910-180686.html?refer=TDR&cm_mmc=Tradedoubler-_-Cdiscount%20program-_-HotUKDeals%201018132-_-n/a&tduid=532d848e4c5f1d15bec17139cb38a771


Thanks for your helpful reply, I already have a 3 contract with internet max add on for £5 a month, I also have an Haweii modem (3 mobile modem) I usually get a £10 top up when I go away (in the UK) usually about 4 times a year.
#12
jebervic
So can anyone answer this

I have a mobile phone contract with 3, I have an internet max add on with this contract, does this mean I can put this straight into a 3 dongle?


Depends on the phone I guess. My Nokia 6220 does it well... Can't get it through Bluetooth for now though... Only cable
#13
darklight
Better still get yourself an O2 Iphone 3g sim( it should say that on the packaging for a tenner off flea bay & actvate your 12month free web bolt-on & you have free internet access for a year , no monthly top up req'd for 12 months!! ( i use this too)


Wait.... did i just hear this right? you can get unlimited internet usage for £10.99?

I'm getting a new netbook soon, could I use this trick to get unlimited usage if i bought a cheap dongle?

Might have to look into this. :):)
#14
siliconbits
Three customers as well can get it for £5.


not a very good deal if it's only open to the first three customers. :whistling:
#15
The O2 iphone thing seems to work but it's definitely seems to be throttled back in some way as speeds are pretty dire. Still for just over a tenner what can you expect!
#16
does anyone know how long you could play xbox 360 live for 12gb
#17
Better still get yourself an O2 Iphone 3g sim( it should say that on the packaging for a tenner off flea bay & actvate your 12month free web bolt-on & you have free internet access for a year , no monthly top up req'd for 12 months!! ( i use this too)
Pop the Sim into an O2 dongle & use the mobile Partner Generic dashboard, FOR free internet access for 12 MONTHS, no other top up req'd.
For all these methods the trick is not to go over the allowance, so streaming all those vids of B-Spears, or Youtube is not a good idea!! as with excessive data streaming you can easily max out!!


I think I will do this,were do I get the o2 dongle from or can you use any dongle?.
#18
is that 12gb a month or 1gb a month = 12gb .....

1gb a month...pretty useless no?
#19
battelaxe
does anyone know how long you could play xbox 360 live for 12gb


Ping rate on mobile broadband is cr*p, you wouldn't be able to play any games.
#20
simbaa
is that 12gb a month or 1gb a month = 12gb .....

1gb a month...pretty useless no?


If you are downloading films, useless....

Browsing the web.. perfect.

12gb over 12 months, so you can use all 12gb on the first month if you so wish.
Once its gone, you have to top up @ £10 a 1gb which only last 30 days.

I have one of these, works a treat and you can even use the 12gb abroad as long as you are on the three sister networks.
#21
Better still get yourself an O2 Iphone 3g sim( it should say that on the packaging for a tenner off flea bay & actvate your 12month free web bolt-on & you have free internet access for a year , no monthly top up req'd for 12 months!! ( i use this too)
Pop the Sim into an O2 dongle & use the mobile Partner Generic dashboard, FOR free internet access for 12 MONTHS, no other top up req'd.
For all these methods the trick is not to go over the allowance, so streaming all those vids of B-Spears, or Youtube is not a good idea!! as with excessive data streaming you can easily max out!!

ok so let me see if i get this, i put this sim card in a o2 dongle or an unlocked one and then use the internet for free for a year on the £10 ? what is the date limit on this and what is the mobile Partner Generic dashboard ? as im new to mobile broadband and would like occasional use mostly for holidays and weekends away, so dont need a contract.
what speeds would i be getting using this method.
#22
battelaxe
does anyone know how long you could play xbox 360 live for 12gb


Using this to play xbox live would be condemning everyone you play with to a bad game. Unless you are playing turn based games like uno.

But you could play for a long time...
#23
Xian;4789158
If you are downloading films, useless....

Browsing the web.. perfect.

12gb over 12 months, so you can use all 12gb on the first month if you so wish.
Once its gone, you have to top up @ £10 a 1gb which only last 30 days.

I have one of these, works a treat and you can even use the 12gb abroad as long as you are on the three sister networks.


does three have any sister networks in France Spain and Portugal ? and is that usage part of your included data?
#24
katya1971
does three have any sister networks in France Spain and Portugal ? and is that usage part of your included data?


3 only has networks in :

[LIST]
[*]UK
[*]Hong Kong
[*]Italy
[*]Sweden
[*]Austria
[*]Denmark
[*]Ireland
[/LIST]

So they are the only locations that you can use 3 Like Home in.
1 Like #25
katya1971
Better still get yourself an O2 Iphone 3g sim( it should say that on the packaging for a tenner off flea bay & actvate your 12month free web bolt-on & you have free internet access for a year , no monthly top up req'd for 12 months!! ( i use this too)
Pop the Sim into an O2 dongle & use the mobile Partner Generic dashboard, FOR free internet access for 12 MONTHS, no other top up req'd.
For all these methods the trick is not to go over the allowance, so streaming all those vids of B-Spears, or Youtube is not a good idea!! as with excessive data streaming you can easily max out!!

ok so let me see if i get this, i put this sim card in a o2 dongle or an unlocked one and then use the internet for free for a year on the £10 ? what is the date limit on this and what is the mobile Partner Generic dashboard ? as im new to mobile broadband and would like occasional use mostly for holidays and weekends away, so dont need a contract.
what speeds would i be getting using this method.


1)yes £10 a year,
2) 12 months from first activation although the current crop of sims floating about need to be activated before september
3)Locate your device's firmware here & get dashboard
http://www.huawei.com/mobileweb/en/doc/list.do?type=-1&id=66

4)3.6Mps connected speeds shows on taskbar, but never really reach those speeds in tests, still it's cheap
#26
marios
I think I will do this,were do I get the o2 dongle from or can you use any dongle?.


O2 store..£29.99 !! if you don't want the hassle of unlocking your dongle to work with an O2 sim
whileat the store.. also enquire about an Iphone PAYG SIM.(sans the Iphone ) .sorry kidding!!
#27
battelaxe
does anyone know how long you could play xbox 360 live for 12gb


HELLO00 ! MODERN GAMES are data/memory intensive!!
... ok look at it this way your average DVD holds something like 4.79GB
YOUR 12GB ALLOWANCE would be equivalent to a little over 2 DVD'S worth of data,
Whats that... 300 mins viewing time @ 120 MINS A DISK equivalent
NONONON00 ..don't go playing XboxLive on this!!

not quite the best explanation , as AVI/DIVX give rich content with less data & a few other things that may end up confusing the whole scenario even more
...just trying to give as real-world-a-feel as I can!!
#28
Will the day ever come when someone will offer unlimited surfing and downloads, I only have my BT phone for broadband and it annoys me as I dont want it otherwise.
#29
darklight
HELLO00 ! MODERN GAMES are data/memory intensive!!
... ok look at it this way your average DVD holds something like 4.79GB
YOUR 12GB ALLOWANCE would be equivalent to a little over 2 DVD'S worth of data,
Whats that... 300 mins viewing time @ 120 MINS A DISK equivalent
NONONON00 ..don't go playing XboxLive on this!!

not quite the best explanation


Not quite right either...

Playing on xbox live consumes very little data. Perhaps a few mb every 20mins.
#30
so as im using a htc kaiser as a phone i could just get one of these 02 sims and put it in and enable internet sharing like i do now for payg 3 sim?
#31
bytefire;4789372
3 only has networks in :
[LIST]
[*]UK
[*]Hong Kong
[*]Italy
[*]Sweden
[*]Austria
[*]Denmark
[*]Ireland[/LIST]
So they are the only locations that you can use 3 Like Home in.


ok thanks , just dad wanted to know as he is driving from UK to Portugal end of the month for a 2 month break and would like to use internet, seems best idea is to use hotspots/wifi based on costs unless anyone can suggest a cheap roaming package?
#32
deathtrap3000
Not quite right either...


He wasn't even remotely right, but made me laugh. :-D
#33
darklight;4789490
1)yes £10 a year,
2) 12 months from first activation although the current crop of sims floating about need to be activated before september
3)Locate your device's firmware here & get dashboard
http://www.huawei.com/mobileweb/en/doc/list.do?type=-1&id=66

4)3.6Mps connected speeds shows on taskbar, but never really reach those speeds in tests, still it's cheap


thanks i think i will get one of these then , what is the limit on data i can use, so i can make sure i dont go over it ?
#34
deathtrap3000
Using this to play xbox live would be condemning everyone you play with to a bad game. Unless you are playing turn based games like uno.

But you could play for a long time...


Oh no, we would be damned forever.... thanks
#35
http://www.huawei.com/mobileweb/en/d...?type=-1&id=66

when i go to this site it gives a big list but when i click one nothing happens what should i get? or do i have to register?
#36
darklight
1)yes £10 a year,
2) 12 months from first activation although the current crop of sims floating about need to be activated before september
3)Locate your device's firmware here & get dashboard
http://www.huawei.com/mobileweb/en/doc/list.do?type=-1&id=66

4)3.6Mps connected speeds shows on taskbar, but never really reach those speeds in tests, still it's cheap


I heard that 02 send you a text saying something like, please use this in an iPhone, if you don't we will disconnect you, after a month.
#37
katya1971
http://www.huawei.com/mobileweb/en/d...?type=-1&id=66

when i go to this site it gives a big list but when i click one nothing happens what should i get? or do i have to register?


It must mean there is none for it, on other products there are.
#38
deathtrap3000
Not quite right either...

Playing on xbox live consumes very little data. Perhaps a few mb every 20mins.


I hold up my hands , gaming( on/off line's) never been my my forte!
I assumed with rich content/ changing scenes / backgrounds / a lot of data would be required
I now know a lot more about live gaming than I did a little while ago!!:-D
#39
Lost Symphonies
It must mean there is none for it, on other products there are.


try clicking E220 , E660 OR ANY OTHER ,
banned#40
katya1971
Better still get yourself an O2 Iphone 3g sim( it should say that on the packaging for a tenner off flea bay & actvate your 12month free web bolt-on & you have free internet access for a year , no monthly top up req'd for 12 months!! ( i use this too)
Pop the Sim into an O2 dongle & use the mobile Partner Generic dashboard, FOR free internet access for 12 MONTHS, no other top up req'd.
For all these methods the trick is not to go over the allowance, so streaming all those vids of B-Spears, or Youtube is not a good idea!! as with excessive data streaming you can easily max out!!

ok so let me see if i get this, i put this sim card in a o2 dongle or an unlocked one and then use the internet for free for a year on the £10 ? what is the date limit on this and what is the mobile Partner Generic dashboard ? as im new to mobile broadband and would like occasional use mostly for holidays and weekends away, so dont need a contract.
what speeds would i be getting using this method.


Is something like this what we should be looking at:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pay-Go-O2-Sim-Unlimited/dp/B001RHBTUA

or is there a better/cheaper option around?
and is there any trick to activating the SIM? I thought you needed itunes & an iphone to do that?

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