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Effectively free 3GB O2 PAYG 3G dongle inc. 3GB allowance after £30 Quidco or Topcashback (dongle is £14.67 + £15 top-up)
Effectively free 3GB O2 PAYG 3G dongle inc. 3GB allowance after £30 Quidco or Topcashback (dongle is £14.67 + £15 top-up)

Effectively free 3GB O2 PAYG 3G dongle inc. 3GB allowance after £30 Quidco or Topcashback (dongle is £14.67 + £15 top-up)

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Seems a good deal if you want to have effectively free internet access (they actually pay you 33p for it!) on the go while away from home over the festive period. In order to receive cashback for PAYG Mobile Broadband you must top up with £15 within the first 30 days to receive your cashback. The dongle gives you 3GB + unlimited Wi-Fi through partner hotspots for 30 days.

I appreciate cashback is required for this deal, but I've never had any genuine transaction via Quidco declined in over three years and O2 aren't a fly-by-night company so there shouldn't be any problem with them even if a query has to be raised. Never used Topcashback, but as pet2000 says, they have the same deal and have no £5 annual fee.

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Interesting!

good deal ta

Topcashback the same £30 cashback with NO MEMBERSHIP FEE!
topcashback.co.uk/ret…htm

My genuinely tracked o2 claim with Quidco still hasn't paid after 6 months, something to think about when you choose your cashback supplier..


BTW cashback shouldn't be included in the quoted price (under the red box/picture on the right) because it is never guaranteed! The price for this offer is £29.67 with a chance to reduce it to 33p credit.

:thumbsup:

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pet2000;7185004

Topcashback the same £30 cashback BTW cashback shouldn't be included in … Topcashback the same £30 cashback BTW cashback shouldn't be included in the quoted price because it is never guaranteed!



Cheers, updated the post

Good deal, I've never had any probs with Quidco not paying out.

Last time there was a similar offer my Quidco tracked but at a lower rate than advertised. From memory, I think it was a basically the same as this offer, except that the dongle was more expensive then (about £30) so that cashback was supposed to be about £45. It actually tracked at about the price of the dongle.

I raised a query which was declined by O2. It wasn't a disaster as I got a dongle free and only had to pay for the credit, but it wasn't as good as it should have been.

Went through and got this last time. Never bothered topping up and still got the quidco.

pet2000;7185004

My genuinely tracked o2 claim with Quidco still hasn't paid after 6 months



is that all?
I'm still waiting for Quidco cashback from Three, it's been over a year

pet2000;7185004

My genuinely tracked o2 claim with Quidco still hasn't paid after 6 … My genuinely tracked o2 claim with Quidco still hasn't paid after 6 months, something to think about when you choose your cashback supplier..




I have never had any problems with O2 and I have already received over £300 from them (5 transactions), waited approx.4 months for the bacs

Thanks. Any thoughts on unlocking?

If Credit did not last only 30days, I would buy this.

Vodafone credit lasts 3months

just spoke to a person called Jade on O2 chat-service, she tells me you are not allowed to leave credit on an O2 mobile broadband account and maximum top-up is £15. So if you top-up £15, you will be debited £15, even if you use it on one day or no days!!!

So she says, if you want to use it for one day, you have to top-up by £2 and not £15. Same for a week.

So just wondering, if you keep topping up daily or weekly and find yourself using if for a whole month but NOT approaching the data limits, you could be charge £60/month for light use, from what she says. Is this true or just a stupid o2 customer service person -I ask this because I could not find it in writing on there website. I was thinking of topping up £5-10 a time, thinking the max would be £15 per month

que;7187278

Thanks. Any thoughts on unlocking?



I got mine today, and it appears to be unlocked/SIM-free out of the box! I'm connected using the O2 E160 USB modem with my "3" SIM in right now.

Note however that I'm using Linux. It might be the case that if you ever run the Windows software, it locks the modem to O2.

The last one I bought was unlocked.

OperateOnMe;7190536

just spoke to a person called Jade on O2 chat-service, she tells me you … just spoke to a person called Jade on O2 chat-service, she tells me you are not allowed to leave credit on an O2 mobile broadband account and maximum top-up is £15. So if you top-up £15, you will be debited £15, even if you use it on one day or no days!!!So she says, if you want to use it for one day, you have to top-up by £2 and not £15. Same for a week. So just wondering, if you keep topping up daily or weekly and find yourself using if for a whole month but NOT approaching the data limits, you could be charge £60/month for light use, from what she says. Is this true or just a stupid o2 customer service person -I ask this because I could not find it in writing on there website. I was thinking of topping up £5-10 a time, thinking the max would be £15 per month



Think you had an under trained person. £15 lasts for one month whether you use it daily weekly or whatever. If you buy a week it lasts 7 days, if you buy 1 day it lasts one day.

Sorry COLD - Vodafone deal much better and credit does not expire (as long as you use it once every 180 days)

Yes, this comes unlocked and you can use any networks's SIM on it, if you know how to set the APN settings for different networks. I have used the regular PAYG SIMs (courtsey HUKD) on this dongle and have had not problem at all (requires a bit of googling).

However, I noticed that speeds are slower if you use a non 'mobile-broadband' SIM in it, just my experience - not sure how right it is. Also most networks have a 'faster' APN settings for 3G/HSDPA dongle which gives better speeds and ordinary 'mobile-web' APN settings.

Trouble is that there is no single web-resource where you can find all the settings in one place.

Also, about Quidco - they paid out £29.97 cashback on a £14.67 dongle purchase - the best thing was that I did not top up at all. (Many other people have had teh same experience)

ordered:santa:

Although an excelent deal for those that can get O2 3g broadband, then dongles are usless, I have 5 of them at work, and unless you are in a strong signal area they will only log onto the slower gprs signal, at which point you may as well switch your pc off.

Personally if you want mobile broadband get either 3 or orange as they have the best coverage around the UK

Heat added anyway, because if they give you these for effectivly free, who can argue

I never understood the attraction of dongles. Everybody has a phone anyway so why not just connect your computer through that instead? Same result, same 3.5G speed mobile internet access but only one set of charges. Plus no dongle sticking awkwardly out when you're on a train or something.

ultrak3wl;7192831

I never understood the attraction of dongles. Everybody has a phone … I never understood the attraction of dongles. Everybody has a phone anyway so why not just connect your computer through that instead? Same result, same 3.5G speed mobile internet access but only one set of charges. Plus no dongle sticking awkwardly out when you're on a train or something.



Not all mobiles have built-in modems, and even then they can be a pain to set up and use. Much easier and simpler to use a dongle.

ultrak3wl;7192831

I never understood the attraction of dongles. Everybody has a phone … I never understood the attraction of dongles. Everybody has a phone anyway so why not just connect your computer through that instead? Same result, same 3.5G speed mobile internet access but only one set of charges. Plus no dongle sticking awkwardly out when you're on a train or something.



Well you can't do that on the iPhone unless you pay them extra to enable tethering... however I heard you could put your iphone simcard into this dongle and it would work unlimited so this is hot

I am on 02 with a sim only deal with unlimited web bolt on can i put my sim card into this for free internet.

OperateOnMe;7189951

If Credit did not last only 30days, I would buy this.Vodafone credit … If Credit did not last only 30days, I would buy this.Vodafone credit lasts 3months



I do agree - this does look good as a deal - but the 30 day credit expiry is a shame. I would genuinely have bought one of these tonight until i read that bit.

And yes - Vodafone is a longer limit - 3 months as says above.

But if it is SIM free - then best solution is buy this deal and top up the £15; after 30 days get a Vodafone SIM and use that.

Only a suggestion.

But HEAT added anyway.

I got one of these months ago...........£30 cashback with no top up needed!! bonus!!

beamo;7193024

Well you can't do that on the iPhone unless you pay them extra to enable … Well you can't do that on the iPhone unless you pay them extra to enable tethering... however I heard you could put your iphone simcard into this dongle and it would work unlimited so this is hot



Indeed; My O2 dongle (bought for 'free' during the last quidco offer) combined with my O2 iphone sim [incl. 12 months free internet bolt-on] (bought from ebay for £10) is still working great.

I don't use it very often, and signal coverage is fairly bad - but it's a handy thing to have for those occasional emergencies.
I guess i'll pick up a new iphone sim when this one runs out, as £10/year is an acceptable cost.

TehJumpingJawa;7194016

Indeed; My O2 dongle (bought for 'free' during the last quidco offer) … Indeed; My O2 dongle (bought for 'free' during the last quidco offer) combined with my O2 iphone sim [incl. 12 months free internet bolt-on] (bought from ebay for £10) is still working great.I don't use it very often, and signal coverage is fairly bad - but it's a handy thing to have for those occasional emergencies.I guess i'll pick up a new iphone sim when this one runs out, as £10/year is an acceptable cost.



How does the o2 sim bolt on work? My Mrs has a contract o2 sim £9 per month 300txt 300mins and free ADSL BBand can she ask for a bolt on thing? Or am I better off buying an o2 sim for the dongle on ebay?

frownbreaker;7194500

How does the o2 sim bolt on work? My Mrs has a contract o2 sim £9 per … How does the o2 sim bolt on work? My Mrs has a contract o2 sim £9 per month 300txt 300mins and free ADSL BBand can she ask for a bolt on thing? Or am I better off buying an o2 sim for the dongle on ebay?



The latter; adding the free web bolt-on to an existing contract will probably double your monthly cost.

Problem now is everybody knows about the Iphone payg sim trick - they used to sell for £3, now 10x as much.....

From what I've heard, O2 now monitor the usage of the iPhone Pay & Go SIM cards. Aparantly they can tell if you're using it in something other than an iPhone, and will send you one warning message before cutting off the free internet from the account.

It's probably not worth risking £30 buying one of these SIMs on eBay!

I have a o2 Pay & Go SIM which came with my iphone. When I popped it into my o2 dongle a few week back, it never worked

loughray;7193658

I do agree - this does look good as a deal - but the 30 day credit expiry … I do agree - this does look good as a deal - but the 30 day credit expiry is a shame. I would genuinely have bought one of these tonight until i read that bit.And yes - Vodafone is a longer limit - 3 months as says above.




Bought a Vodaphone dongle (like this one I'm linking to) on August 26th :hotukdeals.com/ite…nd-

Came with £15 credit and I've still got £11 left and used it last night and the night before so I know the credit still works. Did not track at quidco for the stated £10 and I had to wait 3 months to submit and enquiry and it quidco says "enquiry being processed" - I doubt I'll get the £10, utter, utter b**.....

Still, for occasional use with virtually no expiry of credit (connect just once in 6 months) on a decent network, the Vodaphone deal is better than this in my view (voted hot or cold, just sticking my oar in :oops: )

malachi;7196278

I have a o2 Pay & Go SIM which came with my iphone. When I popped it … I have a o2 Pay & Go SIM which came with my iphone. When I popped it into my o2 dongle a few week back, it never worked



You need to change the APN and user name.

lareneg;7195828

From what I've heard, O2 now monitor the usage of the iPhone Pay & Go SIM … From what I've heard, O2 now monitor the usage of the iPhone Pay & Go SIM cards. Aparantly they can tell if you're using it in something other than an iPhone, and will send you one warning message before cutting off the free internet from the account.It's probably not worth risking £30 buying one of these SIMs on eBay!



They do, I bought two earlier this year when they were £10. Both were being used in dongles, both received text messages warning they would be cut off. I think one has been the other is still working.

OBH6UK;7196744

You need to change the APN and user name.



Can anybody advise me how to do this, or point me in the right direct on google?

I want a dongle to use with my old vodafone 'actual contract pay as you use' broadband SIM from my old data card (new laptop has express card so does not fit). On the basis that cashback is £30, I have taken the plunge, hopeing that this would be free use for a month and then have a free unlocked dongle to use with my vodafone sim. I'm hoping it will work, I'll let you know how it goes.

OperateOnMe;7201366

I want a dongle to use with my old vodafone 'actual contract pay as you … I want a dongle to use with my old vodafone 'actual contract pay as you use' broadband SIM from my old data card (new laptop has express card so does not fit). On the basis that cashback is £30, I have taken the plunge, hopeing that this would be free use for a month and then have a free unlocked dongle to use with my vodafone sim. I'm hoping it will work, I'll let you know how it goes.



Flash it with generic Huawei firmware and it will work fine. I did that with the one I bought in the summer, works fine on all networks with appropriate APN, user name and password.

The O2 firmware is a pain, firstly it prefers Wi-Fi networks (if your laptop has built in Wi-Fi) and even if you want to use MBB it's a pain to get it to change, unless the firmware has recently been updated I expect these will be the same.

Banned

This may sound naive but do you get the sim card with the dongle or do you have to select this before paying for the dongle, if so how??

Thanks

Dongle is supplied with a MBB SIM card.
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