can I use a phone sim in a mobile wi-fi dongle and use its data allowance within it?

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Found 9th Jun
Some phone sims have data use pricing cheaper than for mobile broadband sims.

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Deoends; some networks allow it on certain plans / PAYG. Wot u got?

I've used a 3 payg in a unlocked ee dongle after unlocking on eBay, just to check it was unlocked and it worked fine.

Ok here's the biggy that will have people running around like headless chickens saying it won't work / not possible / not allowed / will trigger end of civilisation as we know it. But it does work, and there is a reasonable chance that civilisation will last longer than Ms. May's current term of office. Two example options to obtain genuinely unlimited 4G tethered data / personal hotspot via equivalent £19 pay monthly or £25 30-day PAYG:
shove a 3 sim having all-you-can-eat data into an unlocked non-3-branded mifi, or generally an unlocked non-3-branded Android handset that has the Foxi app and Foxfi key installed. Typically, the cheaper the device the 3 SIM is used in, the less likely there will be issues. Job done.
Example 12 month pay monthly contract equivalent £19 SIM here: hotukdeals.com/dea…846 or the PAYG option via the £25 AIO25 add on three.co.uk/Sto…_Go
Before you commit, satisfy yourself with the 3 KFI.

i used t-mobile phone sim in an unlocked dongle and it worked fine. you should be fine but you may get blocked if you use it for too long and the network realise what you are doing as technically you are not allowed to tether, which this is what you are doing. i used the t-mobile sim in the dongle for a week when we temporarily lost broadband at home.

If the contract allows tethering then the SIM should work in a dongle. My old 3 SIM with AYCE data would send a text saying "sorry, this is not allowed" when placed in a MiFi but my EE SIM (with tethering) works fine in anything .... all depends on the 'hops' before the end device connects to the internet
Edited by: "japes" 10th Jun

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AndyRoyd

Deoends; some networks allow it on certain plans / PAYG. Wot u got?


I've a Huawei unlocked mi-fi that I use with a giff gaff gigabag sim @ 1GB for £7.50 - this works on O2. I also put in this a 3 payg data sim which costs 1GB for £10. I've also a locked EE osprey mini with a monthly 1GB for £5.27 but I was wondering if a Plusnet sim (which uses EE network) would also work in this as I can get 3GB for £12 (as well as 750 min and UL texts if put in my unlocked phone).

energenie

I've a Huawei unlocked mi-fi that I use with a giff gaff gigabag sim @ … I've a Huawei unlocked mi-fi that I use with a giff gaff gigabag sim @ 1GB for £7.50 - this works on O2. I also put in this a 3 payg data sim which costs 1GB for £10. I've also a locked EE osprey mini with a monthly 1GB for £5.27 but I was wondering if a Plusnet sim (which uses EE network) would also work in this as I can get 3GB for £12 (as well as 750 min and UL texts if put in my unlocked phone).


Your Plusnet-specific question is actually two questions: will a Plusnet SIM be recognised in a network-locked EE Osprey Mini device, and if the Plusnet SIM is recognised by the device: will it be possible to tether data from the device? Bluntly: I do not know. The usual route to answer a similar question is to obtain a £1 PAYG network SIM and try it out, but I believe PN do not appear to offer PAYG SIMs. May be best to rephrase your question similar to what I have just mentioned and re-post to specifically catch attention of existing Plusnet mobile users?

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AndyRoyd

Your Plusnet-specific question is actually two questions: will a Plusnet … Your Plusnet-specific question is actually two questions: will a Plusnet SIM be recognised in a network-locked EE Osprey Mini device, and if the Plusnet SIM is recognised by the device: will it be possible to tether data from the device? Bluntly: I do not know. The usual route to answer a similar question is to obtain a £1 PAYG network SIM and try it out, but I believe PN do not appear to offer PAYG SIMs. May be best to rephrase your question similar to what I have just mentioned and re-post to specifically catch attention of existing Plusnet mobile users?



Thanks for that.
I currently have a giff gaff sim in my phone and I've now tried it in my dongle and it works - being able to connect my tablet to the internet through it. Solved for that one. Incidentally, Plusnet and giff gaff do allow tethering. I might now put the giffgaff sim in my dongle and get a plusnet sim monthly contract to put in my phone and get calls and data which can be tethered from my phone to tablet. It is a pity that you can't get a payg sim from EE without having a rolling contract. Although Plusnet, as you say, also doesn't have a payg, it is nonetheless cheaper than EE itself.
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