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3 Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband only £29.99 at Maplin
3 Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband only £29.99 at Maplin

3 Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband only £29.99 at Maplin

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3 Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband
only £29.99 - on sale until 17/03/2009
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Delivery is £2.99 or Free delivery on orders over £35
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Order Code: A58HZ
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Product Features

* Getting online is now easy ....almost anywhere ...anytime
* Broadband without a fixed line
* Get online at home or on the move
* Plug the dongle into your USB port in your PC or laptop, and you''ll be online in a matter of minutes
* USB self-installing dongle (for PC)
* Compatible with PCs and Macs
* 91% population coverage (and more every month)
* True download speeds of up to 2.8Mbps in HSPDA areas (3G+)
* Typical download speeds of 1Mbps to 1.5Mbps
* No contract required, simply top up when you need mobile broadband
* Top up online - access to the 3 website is zero rated

Getting online with Pay As You Go Mobile Broadband is easy. Step 1: Buy a Top-up voucher in amounts from 10 to 50. Step 2: Activate your Top-up voucher at three.co.uk/My3 (click on Activate your voucher now) - enter the 16-digit pin number followed by your 3 mobile number - keep a note of it, its shown on the card that came with your SIM. - Select the Add-on youd like from the drop-down list. Step 3: Convert your Top-up to an Add-on at My3.Packages available:1GB ( 10) enables you to:- Send 650 plain text emails- Surf the web for 30 hours- Download 30 two minute videos- Download 60 music tracks3GB ( 15) enables you to:- Send 2000 plain text emails- Surf the web for 100 hours- Download 100 two minute videos- Download 200 music tracks7GB ( 25) enables you to:- Send 4500 plain text emails- Surf the web for 200 hours- Download 200 two minute videos- Download 400 music tracks All top up purchases are vaild for 30 days.

50 Comments

Original Poster

I don't seem to be able to get the direct link working properly but it is on the home page.

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tryptase;4520768

I don't seem to be able to get the direct link working properly but it is … I don't seem to be able to get the direct link working properly but it is on the home page.



Linky maplin.co.uk/Mod…907 or do a search of site for Mobile Broadband

Original Poster

LongDongDave;4521010

Linky http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=225907 or do a search … Linky http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=225907 or do a search of site for Mobile Broadband



That's the link I used

Voted hot!
Although I've gone for the Vodafone deal (£29 after quidco) because the 30 day expiry is no good for me.

Maybe I'm reading it wrong but seems like a terrible deal to me.

dubdivision;4521668

Maybe I'm reading it wrong but seems like a terrible deal to me.



Would you like to expand on that?

No8;4521861

Would you like to expand on that?



"All top up purchases are valid for 30 days."

Sounds almost like pay monthly.

Derek_Duval;4521417

Voted hot!Although I've gone for the Vodafone deal (£29 after quidco) … Voted hot!Although I've gone for the Vodafone deal (£29 after quidco) because the 30 day expiry is no good for me.



where can i find details for the vodafone one?

The link is one i posted below (before anyone starts i'm not trying to hi-jack the thread) - the reason i got the vodafone is that you as long as you connect once in every 180 days the credit does NOT expire

hotukdeals.com/ite…-b/

dubdivision;4521981

"All top up purchases are valid for 30 days."Sounds almost like pay … "All top up purchases are valid for 30 days."Sounds almost like pay monthly.


To quote the Got A Question section at three.co.uk/Mob…nd/ ...

[FONT=Tahoma]There's no expiry date for Top-ups. Add-ons stay active for 30 days from the date you buy them.[/FONT]

[FONT=Tahoma][COLOR=blue]...and...[/COLOR][/FONT]

[FONT=Tahoma][FONT=Trebuchet MS]Converting your Top-up to a [/FONT][FONT=Trebuchet MS]Mobile[/FONT][FONT=Trebuchet MS] Broadband Add-on[/FONT]
[FONT=Trebuchet MS]Your broadband service will still work if you don’t convert your Top-up, but it’s a lot more expensive (£1 per Mb). So to get the most out of your Top-up, you must convert it to an Add-on.[/FONT]
[FONT=Trebuchet MS]If you bought a Top-up voucher instore[/FONT][FONT=Trebuchet MS] you need to activate and convert it online on My3. Go to ]three.co.uk/My3, then:[/FONT]
[LIST]
[*][FONT=Trebuchet MS]Click on [/FONT][FONT=Trebuchet MS]Activate your voucher now[/FONT][FONT=Trebuchet MS]. [/FONT]
[*][FONT=Trebuchet MS]Enter the 16-digit PIN number (the one in the middle of your voucher), followed by your 3 mobile number – keep a note of it, it’s shown on the card that came with your SIM. You can also find it on your dashboard. [/FONT]
[*][FONT=Trebuchet MS]Convert your Top-up to an Add-on by selecting the Add-on you’d like from the dropdown list below. [/FONT][/LIST]If you top up using your registered card, you need to follow up by converting your Top-up to a Mobile Broadband Add-on. To do this you should connect to the internet using your modem and then go to My3. To do this follow these steps:
[LIST]
[*]Click on the My3 account tab on your connection dashboard, then select “Go to My3”; or enter ]three.co.uk/my3 into your browser.
[*]An “Activate your Top-up” page will then open.
[*]Select “Do you want to go to My3”.
[*]If you need to top up your account do this next.
[*]As you’ve already registered a card, you can buy more Top-ups anytime on My3.
[*]Next convert your Top-up to a Mobile Broadband Add-on (if you don't, you will be charged £1 per MB).
[*]Select “Buy Add-ons”.
[*]You’ll see your account details – select Buy now, and then choose the Add-on you want.
[*]Select one of our Mobile Broadband Add-ons (not an Internet Add-on).
[*]On the shopping cart screen, click on Buy now.[/LIST]Once your credit runs out, you won't be able to browse the internet. The only page you will be able to view is three.co.uk
You will need to top up and convert your credit to a Mobile Broadband Add-on before you can browse again.

(Don't ask me what it means though ;-) )[/FONT]

omg sounds like a lot of work !!

good job i went for the voda one !! lol

no time limit and works a dream

ahh internet on the move .. love technology

from above "Add-ons stay active for 30 days from the date you buy them.", thus if you DO NOT use it you LOSE it?. Glad to i opted for Vodafone, if your spending £15 per month you might was well get a contract

do i have to have a 3 mobile to buy this?? as it mentions registering and using your 3 mobile number

Doesn't sound like a good deal to me. Although to be fair, all mobile broadband deals are rip offs really.

This particular model of 3g dongle causes newer Mac's to crash, it will work for a while but then kernel panic, I have seen this a lot. If you own an intel Mac avoid this deal!

Personally I recently picked up an ]O2 PAYG dongle for £29.99 from PC World. Not on offer or anything this is the RRP.

Their current PAYG traffs are as follows:

Daily which is £2 and gives you 500 MB.
Weekly which is £7.50 and gives you 1 GB.
Monthly which is £15 and gives you 3 GB.

Plus with each plan you also get "unlimited" access to over 6000 O2 supported WI-FI hotspots like with the iPhone.

All in all I don't think it's a bad deal.

Voted Cold, Three have the worst quality of coverage and its not not particularly good value for money either.

I have an older model on 3 with a pay monthly deal which I use for working away. This is the newer Huwai one with the faster upload and they are really good.

I work all over, Birmingham, Plymouth, London, Portsmouth, Poole, Reading....... never had an issue with coverage and I am talking proper HSDPA coverage. Mostly the connection is so good, I have no problem playing WOW on it or even streaming music.

Voted hot because it's a good product that I know works well and the tariffs are about right.

Voted cold.
Just try to google "How to Use Internet for £ 5.00 a month.." and you'll see what is good deal ;-)

|Kazan|

thanks for the vodafone link --packard sounds good

the google search suggests virgin --am i right or stupid

Does anyone know of a pay-as-you-go Broadband package that will work abroad without bankrupting me? (France)

aabarcellos;4524233

the google search suggests virgin --am i right or stupid



google.co.uk/sea…nth..
1st link from top.

|Kazan|

Starman;4523918

Personally I recently picked up an ]O2 PAYG dongle for £29.99 from PC … Personally I recently picked up an ]O2 PAYG dongle for £29.99 from PC World. Not on offer or anything this is the RRP.



Is this unlocked?

simonhzero;4524487

Is this unlocked?



I don't have access to any other SIM cards to check sorry.

simonhzero;4524487

Is this unlocked?



I have the O2 dongle and you don't need to worry bout these being locked. You just need the correct generic software to use different sims. I have used both Three and T-mobile in my dongle. The modem I have is the E160 - just seach for the generic E169 software as it works the same.

Etadeu;4523187

Select “Buy Add-ons”.You’ll see your account details – select Buy now, and … Select “Buy Add-ons”.You’ll see your account details – select Buy now, and then choose the Add-on you want.Select one of our Mobile Broadband Add-ons (not an Internet Add-on).



Why not select "Internet Add-on" Afaik You might be able to get the "50p daily" option for internet access, for as and when required. It might well work out cheaper to run but would be slower.

At the moment I am using a "3 Skypephone (First Release)" for any emergency internet access. Oddly the phone gives me both options of "Internet Add-on" Plus the "Mobile Broadband Add-On" options. I have only used the "Internet Add-on" so far. At the moment am not sure that the "Mobile Broadband" option should be listed on my 3 skypephone. A good question would be will the broadband option work on my 3 skypephone First Release ?

I am confident that the new "3 Skypephone S2" version would act as Mobile Broadband dongle. I would say that the "3 Skypephone S2" could be the better mobile broadband dongle option, as its the best of both worlds. I may myself go this route in future.

This one is definitely a rip-off. I bought one last month.

That stuff about converting top ups to add ons is complicated. And the only reason I can see is to make it easier to charge you more.

I signed up and registered my card. They took £10 straight away. I then tried to convert it as they said, and was told I had already used some of my £10 and didn't have enough money in my account to convert!

I emailed and phoned (indian call centre-calls expensive) and they said I had used up credits before I had converted (by registering and trying to convert on their site!!!).

I told them to cancel my account and card details. They said the couldn't cancel my card for 28 days! I cancelled my debit card with my bank to prevent them taking more money from me!

Steer very well clear.

R0B;4524614

The modem I have is the E160 - just seach for the generic E169 software … The modem I have is the E160 - just seach for the generic E169 software as it works the same.



So for the Generic software I'd suggest the following - huawei.com/mob…381

Genoxide;4523943

Voted Cold, Three have the worst quality of coverage and its not not … Voted Cold, Three have the worst quality of coverage and its not not particularly good value for money either.



The coverage comment is only partly true. For a normal phone service, the Three network is woefully inadequate, appalling coverage unless you are very lucky, no way could I ever consider a lame network like 3 for staying in touch. Not very many businesses would consider three.

But for HSDPA coverage they are at least as good as Vodafone and T-Mobile, and this dongle thing is all about HSDPA.

The disadvantage compared to other networks is that 3 can't just revert to GPRS when the 3G coverage runs out.

i believe this also has a micro sd slot to double into a memory stick.... if that sweetens the deal any?

(it said it did in the maplin leaflet we got delivered)

I think 'just for the dongle' - this is a good deal, as these are more expensive on ebay.

Id suggest people avoid anything to do with three mobile broadband. I entered into an 18th month contract a while ago and it was the biggest mistake of my life. The speeds I achieved were not even 5% of the advertised top speed . The service and signal are poor and the connection leaves a lot to be desired.

After searching the forums I quickly found this was not an isolated incident.

LOL. 105% at the current time?! Wouldn't even touch it...vodafone offer blows it away.

Might be a good deal for some but I agree with the majority saying the vodafone deal is far superior to this, voted cold for that reason.

androoski;4525121

The coverage comment is only partly true. For a normal phone service, the … The coverage comment is only partly true. For a normal phone service, the Three network is woefully inadequate, appalling coverage unless you are very lucky, no way could I ever consider a lame network like 3 for staying in touch. Not very many businesses would consider three. But for HSDPA coverage they are at least as good as Vodafone and T-Mobile, and this dongle thing is all about HSDPA. The disadvantage compared to other networks is that 3 can't just revert to GPRS when the 3G coverage runs out.



You realise it uses the Orange network for 2/2.5g?

hot, if not just for the modem. I have a 3 phone with broadband add on. Will have a go at putting my sim into this dongle and see what happens

thanks

It's not all bad when it comes to 3, you can visit any of the following countries and surf the web just like you would at home.

three.co.uk

* 3 Austria * 3 Denmark * 3 Hong Kong * 3 Italy * 3 … * 3 Austria * 3 Denmark * 3 Hong Kong * 3 Italy * 3 Ireland * 3 Sweden



I use 3 Ireland often :).

abomination;4526165

It's not all bad when it comes to 3, you can visit any of the following … It's not all bad when it comes to 3, you can visit any of the following countries and surf the web just like you would at home.I use 3 Ireland often :).



Not arguing re above - but be honest how many users will actually go to those countries?...

Yes i'm biased i've got the Vodafone dongle on PAYG and can't fault it..

Well put simply there's a very weak 2g Vodafone signal where I live and absolutely no 3g service, I can however pick up 3 signals from both countries. The Orange 2g signal is very very good also.

You're right though not many people will make use of the service abroad, but I will and for that reason I'm not switching to any other provider in the short term.
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