Knowhow (Three network) 1gb per month mobile broadband for 12 months £24.99 annual cost @ PC World
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Knowhow (Three network) 1gb per month mobile broadband for 12 months £24.99 annual cost @ PC World

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Found 7th Mar 2015
Knowhow (Three network) 1gb per month mobile broadband for 12 months. £24.99 is the ANNUAL COST

Get 1gb of mobile internet data per month for a year.

Works on the three mobile network

quidco 31p
quidco.com/pc-…ld/
- rodman

For those saying it's expensive, be aware that it's £24.99 for the WHOLE YEAR, not monthly.
- Khairul

When you come to register the sim card you will need to add your credit/debit card details. Note that this doesn't mean you can go over and you will not be charged, but all the same, i no it can ruffle a few feathers
- Sykos

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can i use this aboard?

Not aboard submarines.

cool, hong kong is on the list. basically they are "three" network but just rebranding as their own?

Original Poster

RedDemonic

cool, hong kong is on the list. basically they are "three" network but … cool, hong kong is on the list. basically they are "three" network but just rebranding as their own?


yes its a mobile virtual network. see:
en.wikipedia.org/wik…tor

It will do for iPad, only use every know and again

would do for the caravan if I get a signal

can use in Germany which is not on 3 list. Strange...

It looks like you won't get the international roaming unless you sign up to to one of the data plans, detailed here
"Upgrading allows you to use your data abroad without incurring roaming charges, which is great for using on holiday or staying in touch with loved ones if you travel a lot."

So the min charge is £7.99 per month for 1gb - for the core countries - UK, Republic of Ireland, Australia, Austria, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA.
For the remaining 28 countries you can only use the "bonus data", which is 10% of the allowance - ie 100mb for your £7.99 per month, which is pretty much useless.

update: As is now clear this is the "annual" package and not the old £7.99 monthly package
Edited by: "jsoap" 9th Mar 2015

toilettroll

can use in Germany which is not on 3 list. Strange...


Germany is on the 'bonus data' list. It looks to me as though you only have 100MB/month in the countries on that list. Hopefully I've read it wrong...

virgin gives better deals.cold from me

Am I missing something here...
I can only see a £7.99 a month rolling contract option? Where is the 12 months for £24.99 deal?

Ouch. Very expensive.

wenttoabetterplace

Am I missing something here...I can only see a £7.99 a month rolling … Am I missing something here...I can only see a £7.99 a month rolling contract option? Where is the 12 months for £24.99 deal?


Don't get distracted into that option - the main linked listing at £24.99 is for "•Includes 1 GB of data per month for one year" and per the text on the left "This handy starter pack includes a Knowhow Mobile SIM card and 1 GB of data per month for a year."

It appears this is the website to get more information at
https://annual.knowhow-mbb.com/uk/en/annual#

That talks about Upgrade to the International monthly rolling plan to use your 1GB of data in 40 countries - £4.99 per month and that upgrade cost runs for the rest of your starter pack's 1 year term!
It also allows 1GB/m to become 2GB/m for the rest of the 1year term also at £4.99/m

If you really want to use data abroad for a period of time I would checkout Three PAYG All-in-one £15 option for a phone SIM which gives you 25GB in their "Feel At Home" countries for 30 days (without tethering).
Edited by: "mk-donald" 7th Mar 2015

wenttoabetterplace

Am I missing something here...I can only see a £7.99 a month rolling … Am I missing something here...I can only see a £7.99 a month rolling contract option? Where is the 12 months for £24.99 deal?



"Includes 1 GB of data per month for one year" you just pay from £7.99 for more data.

mrafeeq

virgin gives better deals.cold from me



link?

What a great price very hot

What a fantastic deal, so tempted to get this as a backup.

HUKD

mk-donald

Don't get distracted into that option - the main linked listing at £24.99 … Don't get distracted into that option - the main linked listing at £24.99 is for"•Includes 1 GB of data per month for one year" and per the text on the left "This handy starter pack includes a Knowhow Mobile SIM card and 1 GB of data per month for a year."



Aaah...I see now. The direct link was taking me to a different product page (£29.99 and no free data).

So before I pull the trigger on this deal...
- Once the data limit is reached each month, am I right in thinking the sim card will stop working. I.e, there will be no extra roaming fees etc? (I'm off cycle touring around N.Europe/Scandinavia and looking to use this as a cheap data connection but don't want to run into any additional costs!)
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 7th Mar 2015

wenttoabetterplace

Aaah...I see now. The direct link was taking me to a different product … Aaah...I see now. The direct link was taking me to a different product page (£29.99 and no free data).So before I pull the trigger on this deal...- Once the data limit is reached each month, am I right in thinking the sim card will stop working. I.e, there will be no extra roaming fees etc? (I'm off cycle touring around N.Europe/Scandinavia. This will provide me with an unexpected data connection )



"We want to ensure that you are able to use your data locally and overseas without bill shock. To keep you in control of your data usage we provide the following spend management controls.

Email notifications when you have used 50%, 85% and 100% of your planís data allocation.
Spend Alerts for every £/€10 spent.
For your convenience overage is capped at £/€50, you can change this cap by contacting Customer Service. Admin charges may apply.
Please note: spend management notifications are a best efforts service. Occasionally notifications may be late due to delays in receiving data records from overseas network partners."

Original Poster

wenttoabetterplace

Aaah...I see now. The direct link was taking me to a different product … Aaah...I see now. The direct link was taking me to a different product page (£29.99 and no free data).So before I pull the trigger on this deal...- Once the data limit is reached each month, am I right in thinking the sim card will stop working. I.e, there will be no extra roaming fees etc? (I'm off cycle touring around N.Europe/Scandinavia and looking to use this as a cheap data connection with no additional costs. I really need it to have no additional costs though)




It actually looks like you have to upgrade and pay an extra £4.99 a month to be able to use abroad - see link below that has already been posted:

https://annual.knowhow-mbb.com/uk/en/annual#

states "Upgrade to the International monthly rolling plan to use your 1GB of data in 40 countries - £4.99 per month"

Original Poster

Coreydeals

"We want to ensure that you are able to use your data locally and … "We want to ensure that you are able to use your data locally and overseas without bill shock. To keep you in control of your data usage we provide the following spend management controls.Email notifications when you have used 50%, 85% and 100% of your planís data allocation.Spend Alerts for every £/€10 spent.For your convenience overage is capped at £/€50, you can change this cap by contacting Customer Service. Admin charges may apply.Please note: spend management notifications are a best efforts service. Occasionally notifications may be late due to delays in receiving data records from overseas network partners."



This would only be if you upgraded though. You aren't signing up to a contract if you just get the basic one as they don't have your details

So, this is basically the same as Fogg, but £24.99/year more expensive?

grizelin

So, this is basically the same as Fogg, but £24.99/year more expensive?



What is Fogg?

mike_6480

It actually looks like you have to upgrade and pay an extra £4.99 a month … It actually looks like you have to upgrade and pay an extra £4.99 a month to be able to use abroad - see link below that has already been posted:https://annual.knowhow-mbb.com/uk/en/annual#states "Upgrade to the International monthly rolling plan to use your 1GB of data in 40 countries - £4.99 per month"



So it is £75 for a year of 1GB data when travelling abroad in a select few countries....and 100MB of data each month in the other countries. I guess this isn't such a good deal for me :).
Still, it's a cracking deal for anyone that wants a data connection on their tablet etc.
Heat added

mrafeeq

virgin gives better deals.cold from me


Curious, at £7 a month for 1GB of data for use only on a tablet with Virgin SIM only, I must be missing something?

They don't allow tethering on their phone SIM deals or using any SIM in a dongle, so am perplexed at what deal you're referring too?
Edited by: "spannerzone" 7th Mar 2015

mike_6480

It actually looks like you have to upgrade and pay an extra £4.99 a month … It actually looks like you have to upgrade and pay an extra £4.99 a month to be able to use abroad - see link below that has already been posted:https://annual.knowhow-mbb.com/uk/en/annual#states "Upgrade to the International monthly rolling plan to use your 1GB of data in 40 countries - £4.99 per month"




What a complicated structure. Surely at that rate it would be easier to stick with Three if you're not planning on going to any of the extra countries, and only the ones already part of Feel at Home.

mk-donald

But this page...https://annual.knowhow-mbb.com/uk/en/annual#says "No … But this page...https://annual.knowhow-mbb.com/uk/en/annual#says "No excess data charges on 1GB or 2GB plans"and the Price Table page provides more details"No UK Overage""In the event you exhaust your 2GB [they mean "1GB", must be a typo as both the 1GB section & 2GB section say "2GB"] of data, your service will cease to work until your next billing cycle."https://annual.knowhow-mbb.com/uk/en/price-tableAnd it's only if you elect to start the International upgrade @ £4.99/m ["for the rest of your year"] that you run the risk of "Overage" at 5p/MB in UK and 15p/MB overseas.



The website seems overly confusing and full of a lot of mistakes. I'm really unsure since it seems to say slightly different things on different parts of the website.

COLLATED SUMMARY OF THIS DEAL FROM FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE - ie GOT IT: + HUKDers feedback in this thread...
NB: @ 25Apr15 this product/deal is no longer listed on PCWorld/Currys website - it too late to buy & start your 1yr prepaid plan

This is what the pack looks like: (if collecting from store, ensure you get the right pack - several people have been given the wrong pack!)
http://i.imgur.com/J4TCjXNm.jpg

This is a 3-sizes-in-1 Standard/Micro/Nano pre-paid SIM that gives you “1GB of [4G/3G] mobile date to use every month for 1 year

Sold online & in-store by both PCWorld and Currys at £24.99 currently as product code 121006 described as
“KNOWHOW Mobile Broadband 3-in-1 Starter SIM” though has been 60% more at £39.99.
You might get cashback by ordering thru a Quidco/TopcashBack type site - eg I'm due 21p!

The item was initially in stock to order online for (free) home delivery (but it sold out) + Reserve&Collect in store. Though not a Clearance/.97p item they haven't restocked online (perhaps we made this too popular!), & though Sale may end any time & eg become 60% pricier again it is still available at some stores @2/4/15!.
For an example of why getting delivered beats collecting - see this HUKDer experience:hotukdeals.com/dea…534

I believe it's being considered a Hot UK Deal as at £24.99 up-front cost (instead of £39.99) you get 12 months of 1GB/m of UK 3G/4G data ie just £2.08/m with no "Overage" charges as your 1GB/m is capped (ie can't use more), has no contract & "You can use your SIM in WiFi devices, USB dongles, smartphones & tablets including iPads to connect to the service" & tethering/VoIP/hotspots etc are all OK..

Thanks to HUKDer Sykos for starting activation process on his SIM (ie paid £24.99 up-front for the £0.00/m plan) & sharing its features: ie:
http://i.imgur.com/m6oZk9L.png
(NB: As per packaging: "In order to activate the service a valid debit/credit card is required for validation - this card will not be charged." The service is by "Globalgig" [see below re MVNO] so you may have used your email address with that brand before. The "'WiFi on the go" is them supporting its use for personal hotspot & MiFi's, not any access to other peoples' WiFi networks.)

Not sure it'd be hot at regular £39.99 & the optional extra £4.99/m bundles would probably make it poor value.

It is a pre-paid SIM - "no contract", "no credit checks" - that gives you what it says on the actual tin (ie cardboard sleeve & website - ie
The Knowhow-Mbb website [it's their product] is your best starting position to knowing what it is:
https://annual.knowhow-mbb.com/uk/en/annual#

For a quick "Annual SIM Starter Pack Service Description" of what you're buying see their 4 page PDF with info on its optional extras (more data OR overseas use at £4.99/m), here's a direct link to it:
https://assets.globalgig.com/globalgig-uk/docs/Annual-Plan-SIM-Starter-Pack-Service-Description.pdf

It explains clearly that you're getting mobile data:
* UK 1GB/m for 12m included in price and that 1GB/m on 4G/3G is capped, no "Overage" use/costs available to you
* and can start paying £4.99/m to increase to 2GB/m in UK for rest of the 12m, still no "Overage", ie capped at 2GB/m in UK.
* or can start paying £4.99/m to use the 1GB/m in c40 countries for the rest of the 12m but then "Overage" applies both in UK @5p/MB and overseas at 15p/MB - ie no longer capped though they aim to send email alerts as usage reaches 50/85/100%.

Options are "rolling month-month contracts" for the rest of your SIM's 12 months; you can cancel an option but that totally cancels the entire SIM, including the original prepaid elements!
If you are interested in 30-day international contracts probably look at their Freedom/Travel plans instead
https://www.knowhow-mbb.com/

If you want to find the link yourself (as you shouldn't trust strangers), look on their website at
https://annual.knowhow-mbb.com/uk/en/annual
then look at the bottom of the page at the footer... the last text is "Service Description". Click on that link & then the Annual Plan SIM doc link.

Any reference on PCW/Currys website to a 30-days contract must be to the two optional extra £4.99/m which remain for the rest of your 12m term, unless you cancel - ie per Service Description document "All upgrade plan options are rolling month-to-month contracts. There are no fees to cancel your service.". (There is no 10GB/£7.99 or other options showing on the Knowhow website (ie PCW/Currys website errors)).

The SIM only provides data : per packaging "This is a data only service. Traditional voice & SMS services are not supported."
which nicely suggests the VoiP/SIP/WhatsApps/Skype etc services would be working as they are data not voice/SMS based.

http://i.imgur.com/I7rSZfFt.jpg
If you want to read the back of the actual product packaging, please follow this link
http://i.imgur.com/I7rSZfF.jpg

Note: when activating it asks for a mobile number - this is NOT the 07777777777 [a dummy/nominal number]... from your pack... but is meant to be your own [other] mobile number.

Usage monitoring: with the bundled 1GB/m your usage is capped at the 1GB/m & then service pauses until the next of the 12 months begins. Currently there is no online usage meter, just email alerts on the day when you hit 50/85/100% of monthly limit. The website says more functionality coming.

So if aiming to use in a SmartPhone with normal voice/SMSs, you would need a Dual-SIM/Triple-SIM phone (with at least a 3G SIM socket for this SIM it seems) where this prepaid SIM can provide 1GB/m of data, while your other SIM provides any traditional voice/SMS services. [This SIM v.likely needs 3G, so to use alongside another 3/Three network SIM that also needs 3G would require a more sophisticated Dual-SIM phone than many are - ie many older/cheaper have one "2G/GSM only" SIM socket - ie do some more research if that's your plan.]

When you visit the website to activate your SIM, it offers you the chance to upgrade there & then, but you can upgrade later. See these screens captured by HUKDer Sykos:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/knowhow-three-network-1gb-per-month-mobile-broadband-for-12-months-24-99-annual-2160024?p=24585576

If you're considering the £4.99/m optional extra probably worth reading this first
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/knowhow-three-network-1gb-per-month-mobile-broadband-for-12-months-24-99-annual-2160024?p=24585630

re the fact that the SIM is on a MVNO based on 3/Three UK network this is based on T&Cs that services provided by "Globalgig (which is a trading name of Voiamo Limited" & their Australian site says MVNO with 3 in UK.
https://www.globalgig.com/au/en/how-it-works
Update: First users have reported it is indeed on "3 UK" network, and named as "KNOWHOW EU1" as service provider; plus checking the # of my SIM shows it as allocated to 3 UK too.
Their official network 'Coverage' section is (farcical) at:
https://annual.knowhow-mbb.com/uk/en/annual#coverage
but as a MVNO on "3 UK" network best to look:
http://www.three.co.uk/Support/Coverage

And if you're looking for a 4G mobile WiFi hotspot device and more you could try...
HUKDer seedbot's EE Osprey 4G MiFi at £20 up front (+cancel)
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/ee-osprey-mifi-device-free-with-15gb-ultrafast-double-speed-4g-30-day-rolling-contract-2114457
or at £30 with no contract to cancel - ie on PAYG at:
hotukdeals.com/dea…843?p=24603814
(though there are some reports of Osprey's not being mega reliable - eg 'Dodo')
or HUKDer Technation's EE Buzzard 4G USB powered at £20 one off
http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/ee-payg-buzzard-dongle-with-car-wifi-adapter-half-price-2gb-4g-data-19-99-cpw-2159897
eg get the 4G gizmo and use the initial data and then exploit this 4G SIM in them...
Though the monthly 1GB allowance won't last long if/when used at 4G data rates!

Tip: If considering using as basis of a data only 'Smartphone' - eg using VoIP/SIP for voice & other services for SMS : I can recommend having a look at say using a FreeVoipDeal a/c & their MobileVOIP App. You prepay c£10 on a PAYG a/c & that gives you 120 days 'free calls' to c30 countries landlines (+some mobiles) subject to rolling 300mins fair use. (We've used them/associated companies for c10 years & while not perfect are totally 'usable'.) [Plus of course Skype + WhatsApp...]

If your device isn't picking up the Internet data connection properly, try their FAQ, ie to set the APN as: mbb.voiamo.net
https://annual.knowhow-mbb.com/uk/en/faqs

Things we still don't know:
- Activate by? - any deadline to Activate the SIM by after purchase.[no expiry on pack/site!]
- 2G SIM socket - does the SIM work in a 2G socket (probably not)
- Content control? - is the Adult block removed during activation (with debit/credit card "validation"?)

16/3/15: Globalgig are also offering a free "Worldwide" SIM with 100MB/m for 3 months to use overseas... [with 15p/MB "Overage"]
hotukdeals.com/dea…085



Edited by: "mk-donald" 25th Apr 2015

This is such a great deal. For £24.99 I can watch a whole 3-minute youtube video every day!

Coreydeals

What a complicated structure. Surely at that rate it would be easier to … What a complicated structure. Surely at that rate it would be easier to stick with Three if you're not planning on going to any of the extra countries, and only the ones already part of Feel at Home.



Maybe, to me this deal looks good if you fancy having 1GB of data a month for approx £2 a month to use over the next year. I can't think of any other provider that gives this sort of deal (discounting any costs for usage overseas etc)

Banned

popoyaya

This is such a great deal. For £24.99 I can watch a whole 3-minute … This is such a great deal. For £24.99 I can watch a whole 3-minute youtube video every day!


Depends how you use it. I'm delighted to pay 2 quid a month to be contactable on whatsapp, hangouts and facebook messenger alone without having to mess about with a rolling contract full of minutes and texts im not going to use.

spannerzone

Maybe, to me this deal looks good if you fancy having 1GB of data a month … Maybe, to me this deal looks good if you fancy having 1GB of data a month for approx £2 a month to use over the next year. I can't think of any other provider that gives this sort of deal (discounting any costs for usage overseas etc)



Definitely!

hopefully this will be a decent low-use option.
i am currently using EE 3 months/6gb sims for £14.99 but have a new tablet that barely gets taken out of the house, but at £2 a month, this is an excellent choice if it works out nicely

Sykos

Depends how you use it. I'm delighted to pay 2 quid a month to be … Depends how you use it. I'm delighted to pay 2 quid a month to be contactable on whatsapp, hangouts and facebook messenger alone without having to mess about with a rolling contract full of minutes and texts im not going to use.



Fair enough, if you never make phone calls and only use the internet on your phone for communications.

mrafeeq

virgin gives better deals.cold from me


give us some proof, mug!

popoyaya

This is such a great deal. For £24.99 I can watch a whole 3-minute … This is such a great deal. For £24.99 I can watch a whole 3-minute youtube video every day!


90min a month for £2 a month, sounds good to me. Im in.

popoyaya

Fair enough, if you never make phone calls and only use the internet on … Fair enough, if you never make phone calls and only use the internet on your phone for communications.


Or you have a Dual SIM phone and hence have a £2/m price capped 1GB data on this SIM for 1yr, and your voice/SMS and any extra data on your regular SIM

I've done a bit of digging.
Initially thought it was a PC World/Dixons Carphone branded MVNO (mobile operator that piggybacks off another network a la Virgin). Everyone's jumping on one bandwagon or another just like they did with ISPs circa 1998.
It turns out that PC World have just whored out their uninspiring 'Knowhow' brand to Voiamo voiamo.com but have been doing so since at least last July http://www.cityam.com/1405920655/voiamo-seeking-raise-10m-bid-speed-european-rollout

It troubles me that there are no reviews except for the one upset review on the product page (due to issues in spain), because having been going for this long, I would've expected it to have made a ripple in internet-sphere.

I just get the feeling that the 12 months isn't guaranteed. It could ovivo its way into oblivion before they year is up - who knows?

Press Release from last month "Dixons Carphone confirms MVNO with Three"
http://www.dixonscarphonegroup.com/media-centre/press-releases/dixons-carphone-confirms-mvno-three
Could well relate to this deal, where "Globalgig" (a trading name of "Voiamo Limited") provide the services for this PCWorld sold "Knowhow-MB" SIM where Knowhow "the new face of technology service and support" for Currys & PCWorld.

Voiamo themselves seem to have some pedigree in the mobile data marketplace around the world.
http://voiamo.com/press-coverage/
and an FT article there led me to another of Voiamo's businesses
https://mobi-data.co.uk/uk/en/
where 1GB/data is £4.94/m but with 100MB of overseas data.

Edited by: "mk-donald" 7th Mar 2015

DennisG

I've done a bit of digging.Initially thought it was a PC World/Dixons … I've done a bit of digging.Initially thought it was a PC World/Dixons Carphone branded MVNO (mobile operator that piggybacks off another network a la Virgin). Everyone's jumping on one bandwagon or another just like they did with ISPs circa 1998.It turns out that PC World have just whored out their uninspiring 'Knowhow' brand to Voiamo http://voiamo.com but have been doing so since at least last July http://www.cityam.com/1405920655/voiamo-seeking-raise-10m-bid-speed-european-rolloutIt troubles me that there are no reviews except for the one upset review on the product page (due to issues in spain), because having been going for this long, I would've expected it to have made a ripple in internet-sphere.I just get the feeling that the 12 months isn't guaranteed. It could ovivo its way into oblivion before they year is up - who knows?


Remember here you are paying a not unreasonably amount for the SIM/data service for the 12 months' 1GB data allowance. Ovivo Mobile initially asked just a token prepay of £5 (later £10/£15) for the SIM and unlimited free monthly allowances thereafter, and which by the end looked very much like a Ponzi scheme
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