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USB Pre-Pay Broadband Modem Dongle On 3 (White) @ Play.com only £44.99 delivered

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You can gain 4% cashback going through Quidco! Try too the attached voucher for another 5% off. Description The Internet is now mobile. The 3 USB modem gives you truly mobile broadband that's …
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Description

The Internet is now mobile. The 3 USB modem gives you truly mobile broadband that's easy to use and won't cost you an arm and a leg. It means freedom from wires and hotspots, and access to the Internet at breakneck speeds.

Special Features

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

To use your 3 USB modem you'll 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.

Dimensions: 14.5 x 89.4 x 42.6 mm
Weight: 50g
Maximum download speed: 3600 kbps
Maximum upload speed: 384 kbps
Network interface: USB
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#1
http://images.play.com/covers/5180741x.jpg
#2
hello please help me.if I buy this product will It mean that I will get a free unlimited Internet connection? Thanks
#3
ganga;2051313
hello please help me.if I buy this product will It mean that I will get a free unlimited Internet connection? Thanks


sorry, there's no such thing as a free lunch...or mobile broadband
#4
torby
sorry, there's no such thing as a free lunch...or mobile broadband


Thanks for the reply.so what is the purpose of this product? Thanks
#5
Hi, can someone help me, I was going to buy a wireless router to connect my son's laptop to my internet, this reads to me like it would be a far simpler solution or am I missing the point somewhere???
#6
hel2866 a wireless router connects to your internet connection - this connects to 3's mobile network and so their charges apply, and coverage will vary.
banned#7
You will have to pay a monthly prescription, but you won't have to arrange to have a new line to be put in, obviously no wires, and you can take the dongle on your travels! Good find, and nice price too.
#8
This allows access to the 3 mobile broadband service on a PAYG basis. To actually use it you'll need to subscribe at either £10, £15 or £25 per month depending on the data allowance (same as contract prices, although the out of bundle charge is a ridiculous £1 per MB - multiply it up and its £1000 per GB).
Its a good deal for the light user and irregular traveller, although you need to make sure you stay within the bundle (and NEVER use it abroad).
#9
Anyone know if this is unlockable?
#10
wombat
This allows access to the 3 mobile broadband service on a PAYG basis. To actually use it you'll need to subscribe at either £10, £15 or £25 per month depending on the data allowance (same as contract prices, although the out of bundle charge is a ridiculous £1 per MB - multiply it up and its £1000 per GB).
Its a good deal for the light user and irregular traveller, although you need to make sure you stay within the bundle (and NEVER use it abroad).


These out of bundle charges, how do they actually charge for them? On PAYG surely when your credit or allowance is up thats it until you top up??
#11
If you are an existing three customer you can get the monthly subscription at half price, thus either 5, 7.50 or 10 per month. And the dongle is free.
Its an 18 month contract though, and if you cancel your phone, they will charge you the full amount for the internet.
On the up side, I got one for my mum and am impressed with it, just got the basic pack (approx 40hrs surfing a month - can't remember the download limit) but its as fast as my wireless connection and works fine.
#12
Does anyone know if this is faster than connecting to your phone as a modem using bluetooth or a USB data cable? I am guessing it is just a phone without a handset so I am struggling to understand what the difference is. Thanks.
#13
torby
sorry, there's no such thing as a free lunch...or mobile broadband


hmm? there's no such thing as mobile broadband? Of course there is. How juvenile..
#14
Longy
Does anyone know if this is faster than connecting to your phone as a modem using bluetooth or a USB data cable? I am guessing it is just a phone without a handset so I am struggling to understand what the difference is. Thanks.


If you have that enabled and an HSDPA handset then that should be the same 3.6Mb connection (in supported areas). Not all handsets support HSDPA, and using your phone as a modem and bluetoothing the data is going to rape the battery so the USB alternative can be very useful.
#15
lynnexxxo
If you are an existing three customer you can get the monthly subscription at half price, thus either 5, 7.50 or 10 per month. And the dongle is free.
Its an 18 month contract though, and if you cancel your phone, they will charge you the full amount for the internet.
On the up side, I got one for my mum and am impressed with it, just got the basic pack (approx 40hrs surfing a month - can't remember the download limit) but its as fast as my wireless connection and works fine.


I was just about to say that, plus on the 1GB per month limit it works out to be £52.50 over 18 months, so if you have a 3 contract it's simply not worth buying 'just' the PAYG mobile broadband!
#16
Be careful with 3, I had loaded a £15 top-up onto my PAYG mobile broadband account which I hadn't yet used to buy an add-on. I hadn't realised my last add-on had expired and used up the top-up at a rate of £1 per MB. I only realised what had happened when the £15 quid ran out after downloading 15MB and the internet stopped working.
#17
This is essentially a HUAWEI device rebranded as 3G. To buy an unlocked HUAWEI costs us £110 from distribution so this is a very good deal even though it is probably locked to 3G. Unsure whether it can be unlocked. If you lead an Alan Partridge existence this will save you spending £10 to read your e-mails at every hotel. I have heard that the price of 3G data is about to drop sharply in the summer so these deals may be on the back of future gains.
#18
DB2k
orby:
sorry, there's no such thing as a free lunch...or mobile broadband

hmm? there's no such thing as mobile broadband? Of course there is. How juvenile..


I think he meant no such thing as a free (lunch or mobile broadband)..
#19
DB2k
hmm? there's no such thing as mobile broadband? Of course there is. How juvenile..


IMHO it is juvenile not to realise that the post meant that there is no such thing as FREE mobile broadband. Now tie up your shoes and pay attention in class. :p
#20
Yes, it is unlockable for about £12.
http://www.dc-unlocker.com/news

Yes, it can be overclocked to 7.2mbps
http://mobile.broadband.org/news/72mbps-huawei-e220-firmware-upgrade

Staples had this 3 Mobile deal at the weekend. I bought one at £50, unlocked it and upgraded to 7.2mbps. Performance is as good as your signal strength.

The E220 *does* have an external aerial conector, just under the plastic 3 cover.. See here
http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=7602

:)
#21
flipperalles
This is essentially a HUAWEI device rebranded as 3G. To buy an unlocked HUAWEI costs us £110 from distribution so this is a very good deal even though it is probably locked to 3G. Unsure whether it can be unlocked. If you lead an Alan Partridge existence this will save you spending £10 to read your e-mails at every hotel. I have heard that the price of 3G data is about to drop sharply in the summer so these deals may be on the back of future gains.


Rebranded as 3. The company is called 3. The network is 3G capable - its the technology.


dink
IMHO it is juvenile not to realise that the post meant that there is no such thing as FREE mobile broadband. Now tie up your shoes and pay attention in class. :p


hmm ok. I'll do that once you learn English - deal?
Excellent :):whistling:
#22
hornseye
Yes, it can be overclocked to 7.2mbps
http://mobile.broadband.org/news/72mbps-huawei-e220-firmware-upgrade

Staples had this 3 Mobile deal at the weekend. I bought one at £50, unlocked it and upgraded to 7.2mbps. Performance is as good as your signal strength


Will that be of use on the 3 network - i.e. is their network actually capable of providing such download speeds?
#23
[QUOTE=DB2k]Rebranded as 3. The company is called 3. The network is 3G capable - its the technology.


Yes it is 3. Please chill out.
#24
The OP says "2.8MBps". But is it really 2.8Mbps?
#25
I got one of these on the £50 off deal during April/May. Cost me £20 for the dongle and €15 to unlock it via [url]www.kulankendi.com[/url]. Only downside is that you need Windows to unlock, so had to borrow a laptop to unlock. There are smaller and neater 3G adaptors available, but the Huawei E220 is well supported on non-Windows platforms and is easy to unlock
#26
Hornseye, in your post you say that this model can be overclocked but the link you give only mentions tmobile and vodaphone.Mine is on 3 have you got a link for them?
Thanks
cslogg
#27
as an existing 3 customer with a monthly contract you get the dongle for free plus 50% off the tarrif prices :thumbsup:
#28
hel2866;2051581
Hi, can someone help me, I was going to buy a wireless router to connect my son's laptop to my internet, this reads to me like it would be a far simpler solution or am I missing the point somewhere???



Think a much better solution is this - a wireless router will be far cheaper than this dongle.
http://www.homeplugs.co.uk/acatalog/Solwise_HomePlugs.html#a23
just plug your cable into the plug stick it into the socket and the same with the laptop - unless the laptop will move around needs wireless access.

On the Dongle front - apparently 3 are desperately trying to clear this and replace with the smaller dongle - Vodafone are outselling them 10 to 1 altough Vodafone are more expensive.
#29
quick Q why would you want it 'unlocked'????
#30
ahh but arnt the others more expensive? so what would be the point of that hey hey look at me i paid to get mine unlcoked so i can spend more on my bill ;-)
#31
To add to the last reply, 3G coverage by provider varies throughout the country. Depending on where you are likely to use the service may determine which provider you will use. Just because you are with one provider for your phone does not make it automatically the best choice for mobile broadband.
#32
Petetobin;2090073
Be careful with 3, I had loaded a £15 top-up onto my PAYG mobile broadband account which I hadn't yet used to buy an add-on. I hadn't realised my last add-on had expired and used up the top-up at a rate of £1 per MB. I only realised what had happened when the £15 quid ran out after downloading 15MB and the internet stopped working.


Wise words. A similar thing happened to me. I used my credit card to credit my account by GBP 10.00, so that I could purchase a new voucher easily when my initial vouched expired after the first month. When the first voucher expired however, my GBP 10.00 credit was gobbled up listening to about 15 minutes of the Humphrey Littelton tribute programme on the BBC listen again site. Expensive listening indeed !

Then when I tried to use my credit card again to purchase a new GBP 10.00 voucher, all went fine until the browser went to "Verified by Visa" to validate the VISA transaction. Can you believe that 3 blocked me trying to pay them money ! So I had to get down to the local newsagent to purchase a 3 PAYG voucher.

In short buy paper vouchers from your local newsagent, and never credit your 3 'broadband' phone account with any other money ! Probably not even worth registering your credit card with 3, as its too easy to loose a pile of cash in the blink of an eye.

Other than that it works fine, with the occasional glitches.

I use mine with an Asus WL500gp wireless router powered on all the time, and it works great as long as the 3G signal strength is OK. Works much the same as wireless DSL, although the latency and DNS lookups are a lot slower. Lots of sites on the net recommend setting the MTU=576 bytes as this gives you a much faster download speed on HSDPA? (cyan LED), and also allows your E220 to work on GPRS (green LED). As ever YMMV.

Ralph
#33
I did pick one of these up, but sold it soon after. Found my current phone from 3 (skypephone) did pretty much the same job but for £40. Also has the added plus of can receive calls, auto pick up receive emails. Im currently using it on my mac via BT, XP via USB, eeepc via BT.
Works a treat:
http://www.speedtest.net/result/256109780.png
And topup by £10 a month gets free skype to skype calls, i buy £5 internet bundle too for my laptop usage.
#34
Very good time to get low cost mobile broadband.

3 and T-Mobile have signed an agreement to share 3G masts and customers will benefit from the additional coverage.

These companies haven't entered the fixed broadband market like orange, voda and 02 and are really going to be pushing the mobile bb market this year.

Old news really but here's the link for those who care
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/12/18/t_mobile_and_3/

Remember like the above poster says you can still get mobile bb through your phone. e.g. using your phone as a modem via USB. Different tariff applies but for example T-Mobile you pay £7.50 for web and walk which is enough for the light user.

Not good for gaming (lowest ping 200ms) but perfectly acceptable for browsing and the odd download. Restrictions may apply for VOIP calls check your provider.
#35
hornseye
Yes, it is unlockable for about £12.
http://www.dc-unlocker.com/news

Yes, it can be overclocked to 7.2mbps
http://mobile.broadband.org/news/72mbps-huawei-e220-firmware-upgrade

Staples had this 3 Mobile deal at the weekend. I bought one at £50, unlocked it and upgraded to 7.2mbps. Performance is as good as your signal strength.

The E220 *does* have an external aerial conector, just under the plastic 3 cover.. See here
http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?id=7602

:)


The ZTE one they are selling for £50 i think is probably a better deal since I believe it has recieve diversity where the E220 doesnt.

What it essentially means is even though the firmware on the E220 can be enabled for 7.2Mbit if the network is running at that speed you will probably find the ZTE modem gets a higher thoughput (don't know how much higher but it should be higher)

The E220 is a good modem though, I have one (although not on 3)
#36
N1XUK
I did pick one of these up, but sold it soon after. Found my current phone from 3 (skypephone) did pretty much the same job but for £40. Also has the added plus of can receive calls, auto pick up receive emails. Im currently using it on my mac via BT, XP via USB, eeepc via BT.
Works a treat:
http://www.speedtest.net/result/256109780.png
And topup by £10 a month gets free skype to skype calls, i buy £5 internet bundle too for my laptop usage.


The skype phone lacks HSDPA though so isn't as fast, not a bad phone for the money though.
#37
vixygwim
Speed is great, but if you have only got a 1GB allowance it falls on deaf ears.


1GB is more than enough for casual browsing, research, doing work etc.

It's not meant for downloading!
#38
Out of stock now :(
#39
bruffterman
Anyone know if this is unlockable?


yes I can unlock them. If you live in the London area ,could meet up centrally (w'end cafe or other) with my laptop . £20 fee though!!
#40
Down to £39.99 at play.com

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