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This is £30 cheaper than getting from '3' themselves. There's no contract and you just top up when you want to use it. The top up lasts for 30 days.

We now offer Mobile Broadband on Pay As You Go! So if you don't want a contract, you don't have to have one - the choice is yours. And better still, we don't charge you any more for the service as a Pay As You Go customer it's still just £10 for 1GB of data, and you have 30 days in which to use it.

The 3 USB modem gives you truly mobile broadband thats easy to use and wont cost you an arm and a leg. It means freedom from wires and hotspots, and access to the Internet at breakneck speeds.

Once youve got your hands on your shiny new USB modem you can be up and running in just five minutes. And when youre in a Turbo Network area youll get lightening web access speeds of up to 2.8MBps. Which means youll be able to download files at the same speed as you would at home, but without being chained to your computer. Its Internet access whenever and wherever you want.

To use your 3 USB modem youll need a few things. Your computer or laptop needs a minimum of 50MB hard disk space, 1 free USB port, a Windows 2000, XP, Vista or and Mac OSX operating system. Installation is quick and easy. And the great user-friendly Modem Manager interface not only manages your connection, it displays all the messages you receive on your mobile broadband number. You can even reply to your text messages while logged in.

3 options to choose from when crediting account for the month:

LITE - gives you a 1GB data allowance at £10

PLUS - gives you 3GB data allowance at £15

MAX - gives you 7GB data allowance at £25
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#1
Perfect for me, don't want to be tied into any long contracts, only want to use occassionally when im away from home.
#2
mumbojumbo
A related offer. Skins are on BOGOF on 3's site. Normally £4.95 each with free delivery.

e.g.
http://www.threeskins.com/acatalog/pys-e2201736_t.jpg


Ha! That's crazy. As if you won't stand out enough with a laptop with a dongle hanging out the side :thumbsup:
#3
can these be unlocked so you can put voda or tmobile sim in?
#4
Think this is actually a better deal than the half price BB if you're just a casual user
#5
Might be good to get it from ebuyer as this would give you free delivery for anything else that you want to buy at the same time under £50!!
#6
Biggest issue when i looked into it was that credit expires very quickly.
#7
If you are an exsisting 3 customer you can get [COLOR="Red"]£50 off [/COLOR]the PAYG modem instore. I got one from the 3Store Durham.
#8
mountainmachine
Biggest issue when i looked into it was that credit expires very quickly.


Yeah I think it's 30 days. That basically makes it the same as a contract except if you don't need it for a few weeks, you don't pay! Ideal if you work away from home every so often or something similar.
#9
elmfc23
If you are an exsisting 3 customer you can get [COLOR="Red"]£50 off [/COLOR]the PAYG modem instore. I got one from the 3Store Durham.


now that's worth looking in to! Are they £69.99 in store? If so I'm getting one!
#10
mountainmachine
Biggest issue when i looked into it was that credit expires very quickly.


The credit expires 30 days after activation. Unless you blow your usage! Wouldn't say that expired quickly.
#11
Does the 2.8 mbps = 1 meg connection ? I am on a 4 meg connection with virgin and just looking for some comparison regarding speed. Thanks

Sounds a good deal as there is no contract.
#12
robjw_2001
now that's worth looking in to! Are they £69.99 in store? If so I'm getting one!


They are normally £99.99 in store, but £50 off, so £49.99. It goes the same for students. But I don't know wether that was supposed to expire last month, but my local store seems to be still doing it.
#13
elmfc23;1750656
They are normally £99.99 in store, but £50 off, so £49.99. It goes the same for students. But I don't know wether that was supposed to expire last month, but my local store seems to be still doing it.

I thought the instore offers for existing 3 customers were only on contracts rather than pay as you go?
#14
Worth noting for those who already have 3 contracts that the x-series addon gives full internet access (bar a few sites, but stuff like VPN/MSN etc works) for £5/month with 1GB data allowance. Using it with my HSDPA enabled Nokia, works very well.
#15
robjw_2001;1750625
Yeah I think it's 30 days. That basically makes it the same as a contract except if you don't need it for a few weeks, you don't pay! Ideal if you work away from home every so often or something similar.

The other advantage is when you use the 1Gb up you cant browse anymore so cant overspend. On a contract when the 1Gb is up you get charged £1 or £2 per Mb you use over your limit. That can be rather expensive!
#16
marco67
Does the 2.8 mbps = 1 meg connection ? I am on a 4 meg connection with virgin and just looking for some comparison regarding speed. Thanks

Sounds a good deal as there is no contract.


2.8mps = 2.8 meg connection. But it will not constantly run at that speed. There is some many things that effect the speed. Eg amount of users saturating that mast ect. And its and 'Up to 2.8mps' connection.

Mine varies from 684kps to 1.5mps. I've never been faster. But its not purely designed for high download speeds. I use it just for brousing and its fantastic. Quick enough for me when I'm out and about. :-D
#17
smokescreen;1750725
Worth noting for those who already have 3 contracts that the x-series addon gives full internet access (bar a few sites, but stuff like VPN/MSN etc works) for £5/month with 1GB data allowance. Using it with my HSDPA enabled Nokia, works very well.

I thought this was on the phone only and not via a laptop. That being a £10 per month contract add on?
#18
marco67
Does the 2.8 mbps = 1 meg connection ? I am on a 4 meg connection with virgin and just looking for some comparison regarding speed. Thanks


2.8mbps = 2.8 meg connection ;-)

EDIT: beaten to it :roll:
#19
elmfc23
2.8mps = 2.8 meg connection. But it will not constantly run at that speed. There is some many things that effect the speed. Eg amount of users saturating that mast ect. And its and 'Up to 2.8mps' connection.

Mine varies from 684kps to 1.5mps. I've never been faster. But its not purely designed for high download speeds. I use it just for brousing and its fantastic. Quick enough for me when I'm out and about. :-D


Excellent, thanks for clearing that up for me.:thumbsup:

I work alot of nightshifts so this is going to come in very handy, just need to get someone who is a three customer to get it for £50.

Cheers to OP for posting the deal anyway
#20
dblake
The other advantage is when you use the 1Gb up you cant browse anymore so cant overspend. On a contract when the 1Gb is up you get charged £1 or £2 per Mb you use over your limit. That can be rather expensive!


I've looked at the charges. On contract its 10p per mega bite and on PAYG its £1 per mega bite (ouch!!) The only way you can go over your limit and go into to credit, is if you have credit on your sim card. (e.g if you top up £20 cash and get the £15 3gb package. you have £5 left over, so be warned!)
#21
marco67
Does the 2.8 mbps = 1 meg connection ? I am on a 4 meg connection with virgin and just looking for some comparison regarding speed. Thanks

Sounds a good deal as there is no contract.


Well, it's a 2.8mbps connection :thumbsup: Although in reality it's probably more like 1mbps tops. Fine for browsing, email the odd download of mp3's etc. I imagine you tube would be fine too. I would say it'll be about a quarter of the speed of your virgin 4mbps connection in the real world although others might correct me.
#22
dave111
can these be unlocked so you can put voda or tmobile sim in?


Yes, it can be unlocked (but will come locked to 3),

Steve
#23
dblake
I thought this was on the phone only and not via a laptop. That being a £10 per month contract add on?


Err it is! Although I currently do exactly the same as this with my x-series Nokia and Three haven't complained. The consensus is that they can't tell so as long as you don't go silly, you'll get away with it :thumbsup:
#24
dblake
I thought this was on the phone only and not via a laptop. That being a £10 per month contract add on?


Be warned! My mate did exactly the same with the X-series and using in his modem (the old style one) and got charged loads. He rang up and asked why, they said it was because he wasn't using it in a 3 handset and wasn't aloud to be used with a modem. ;-)
#25
Cheers guys, 1 meg is fine for me as I will just be browsing at night.

I do my downloading during the day when I dont get any download caps:whistling:

:-D
#26
elmfc23
Be warned! My mate did exactly the same with the X-series and using in his modem (the old style one) and got charged loads. He rang up and asked why, they said it was because he wasn't using it in a 3 handset and wasn't aloud to be used with a modem. ;-)


That's interesting. I assume you mean he put his x-series SIM in to a USB modem? I currently use the phone itself as a modem and get away with it fine. I been doing in for at least 6 months no problem.
#27
elmfc23
Be warned! My mate did exactly the same with the X-series and using in his modem (the old style one) and got charged loads. He rang up and asked why, they said it was because he wasn't using it in a 3 handset and wasn't aloud to be used with a modem. ;-)


Mine is in the handset, and havent hammered it enough for them to flag anything up (despite running vpn sessions over it). Last bill had no charges of that sort on it, cheers for the warning.
#28
robjw_2001
That's interesting. I assume you mean he put his x-series SIM in to a USB modem? I currently use the phone itself as a modem and get away with it fine. I been doing in for at least 6 months no problem.


How are you connecting it between the laptop and phone? USB cable?

I have X Series silver and a SE K800i and if I could do this it would be great.
#29
I was told in a 3 store that the modem would not 'split' a connection across a wireless network. Has anyone managed to link this to a wireless router and connect up additional PC's ?
#30
wozwebs
How are you connecting it between the laptop and phone? USB cable?

I have X Series silver and a SE K800i and if I could do this it would be great.


Yeah USB cable. My Nokia came with the cable and the software to do it! The PC suite has an option to 'connect to the internet'! It works on my macbook too. I'm pretty sure my mate does it with his SE K800i using bluetooth to his laptop.

I think I used around 300MB one month and they didn't bat an eyelid. If the SIM's in your phone they can't really tell how you're using the data (AFAIK). I guess if you you're almost always hitting your 1GB limit you might get flagged though. I don't abuse it and only use it when I'm working away.
#31
Splott Boy
I was told in a 3 store that the modem would not 'split' a connection across a wireless network. Has anyone managed to link this to a wireless router and connect up additional PC's ?


You can get some Linksys(?) routers that have a 3G modem built in and you just pop in a SIM card. If you hook this up to a laptop you should be able to share that machine's internet connection with others on the same network but that's getting a bit technical. Do a search for internet connection sharing.
#32
I just had a call form 3, they offered me a Free modem and 50% off all price plans. I was thinking about there 3GB @ £7.50 a month for 18 months = £135 will use it for at least 6 months of the year. Anyone give there thought on this.
1 Like #33
go4go13
I just had a call form 3, they offered me a Free modem and 50% off all price plans. I was thinking about there 3GB @ £7.50 a month for 18 months = £135 will use it for at least 6 months of the year. Anyone give there thought on this.


I'd say go for it personally. It's funny I keep missing calls from 3 - I wonder if that's what they were going to offer me!?
#34
wozwebs
How are you connecting it between the laptop and phone? USB cable?

I have X Series silver and a SE K800i and if I could do this it would be great.


Using the K800i is ok, but bear in mind that it only runs on 3g and 3.5g. Which is the HSDPA part of it that makes you have high speed internet connection. With 3g, your gona be looking at 256kbps TOPS!
#35
Regarding the using as a modem, check out the joikspot Nokia app http://www.joiku.com/ which turns a wifi enabled S60 phone into a wireless hotspot.
1 Like #36
go4go13
I just had a call form 3, they offered me a Free modem and 50% off all price plans. I was thinking about there 3GB @ £7.50 a month for 18 months = £135 will use it for at least 6 months of the year. Anyone give there thought on this.


Go for it. I picked this offer up on monday. Thanks to someone posting it on this site. Really happy with it and a bargain!
#37
Splott Boy
I was told in a 3 store that the modem would not 'split' a connection across a wireless network. Has anyone managed to link this to a wireless router and connect up additional PC's ?


Also I saw on some website where you can plug this modem into usb port of a Zyxel router to create a wireless network. It can be done but the router is about £150 - £200 from what I remember. Not done it myself personally.
#38
On draytek routers you can...
#39
elmfc23;1750638
The credit expires 30 days after activation. Unless you blow your usage! Wouldn't say that expired quickly.


Hardly true pay as you go then, i find i need the internet ocassionally when traveling, and i thought 3 might be cost effective, however if i only need it once or twice that month it makes it £10. Now hotspot providers operate the same way, ie limited time to spend your cash or it expires, it just pisses me off. I understand the need to have credit to expire purely for business accounting methods if not used, but 30 days...

I bet you'd be pissed off if your PAYG mobile credit expired 30 days after you topped up!!
#40
mountainmachine
Hardly true pay as you go then, i find i need the internet ocassionally when traveling, and i thought 3 might be cost effective, however if i only need it once or twice that month it makes it £10. Now hotspot providers operate the same way, ie limited time to spend your cash or it expires, it just pisses me off. I understand the need to have credit to expire purely for business accounting methods if not used, but 30 days...

I bet you'd be pissed off if your PAYG mobile credit expired 30 days after you topped up!!


I agree about the 30 day expiry, but only plan to use it 3 or 4 times a year, so its still cheaper than getting locked into an 18 month contract

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