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    I have a work colleague who is travelling to the UK in September, and wanted to pick up a USB Wireless Prepaid Internet dongle on arrival in Manchester. Can anyone advise the availability of these at the airport concessions on arrival, or is he better off getting something off the high street after he arrives?

    He's there for a month, but is a low volume user - just needs to keep SWMBO connected to emails and pictures of new grandson back home!

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    Re: Internet Dongle - Manchester

    I donít believe you can buy a dongle at Manchester airport.

    Iíve just returned from the UK and used a dongle from Three whilst there. Dongle, 30 days access plus 1GB of data for 20.99GBP. They are available from the Three shop in Manchesterís Arndale Centre.

    They do offer a mail-order service but you may need a UK credit card for this.

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    I got a SIM from TMobile while I was recently in the UK and I was thinking it would be a cool thing if our group could share these things. I've thought about this for at least 2 minutes so it may be badly thought out. What I'm suggesting is that anyone bringing back a current SIM/Dongle can put it in a pool and the the next user can pick it up before leaving OZ. For the few quid left on mine I'd be happy to give it away. Then people could arrive in the UK/USA with an already activated SIM

    Comments please?

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    Re: Internet Dongle - Manchester

    Quote Originally Posted by KateMayo View Post
    I donít believe you can buy a dongle at Manchester airport. Iíve just returned from the UK and used a dongle from Three whilst there. Dongle, 30 days access plus 1GB of data for 20.99GBP. They are available from the Three shop in Manchesterís Arndale Centre. They do offer a mail-order service but you may need a UK credit card for this.
    Is this usable all over Europe? We are going to London, France, Greece, Spain, Monaco, Cyprus and a few others and want/need access to email(need), twitter(want), fb(want), Internet(need) whilst I'm there. I could almost make do without phone but I do need email/Internet. Can you pick these things up before you go? Is there a link one can click?

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    Re: Internet Dongle - Manchester

    Quote Originally Posted by thegurio View Post
    Is there a link one can click?
    Short of getting a SIM in every place you visit, this will be your best bet:

    Using the Internet Abroad – Vodafone

    Note that you'll need to purchase this in the UK, unless you a) have access to a UK address to get the free PAYG SIM's delivered and b) you have access to a UK credit card to do the recharge (recharge or "TopUp" Vouchers and be obtained in Boots, WH Smith and the like, so they're everywhere, and applied via the Vodafone UK website).

    There's a thread here about it.


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    Re: Internet Dongle - Manchester

    Sharing SIMs could be an issue, I am sure a few of us remember a certain Dr Haneef: Muhamed Haneef - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    You also dont need to really use a different dongle, its not hard to unlock a prepaid one these days and they start at $24.50, so its not a great expense, in fact with the startup data bundles on offer at the moment its cheaper to buy a new dongle than recharge, take for instance the Telstra 3G WiFi device for $49 at Officeworks, you get 5Gb of data usable in Australia for 3 months!

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    Re: Internet Dongle - Manchester

    Quote Originally Posted by thegurio View Post
    Is this usable all over Europe?
    I believe you can globally roam with it but the costs are prohibitive. For example, roaming in France costs £1.28 / MB.

    There are places in the UK (for example, McDonalds, Starbucks) which offer free wi-fi. It might be worthwhile investigating if this is also available in the countries you plan to visit.

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    Re: Internet Dongle - Manchester

    Quote Originally Posted by KateMayo View Post
    I believe you can globally roam with it but the costs are prohibitive.
    Funny you should mention roaming:

    Australians are being slugged global roaming rates of up to $20 per megabyte with no way of monitoring usage costs charged by the telco until they receive their bill.

    A new OECD report released this month analysed pricing plans for 68 operators in 34 OECD countries and found Australia was the third most expensive country in the world when it comes to data roaming, with Aussie travellers paying an average of just under $US12 per MB.
    Only Japanese and Chilean travellers pay more for data roaming than Australians.


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    Re: Internet Dongle - Manchester

    Quote Originally Posted by markis10 View Post
    You also dont need to really use a different dongle, its not hard to unlock a prepaid one these days...
    I tried doing this - unlocked my Australian dongle and took it with me - but when trying to buy a SIM only was told by mobile broadband resellers in the UK that their dongle was also required as the software to operate the SIM was located on the dongle. (Don't know how true this is!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by KateMayo View Post
    I tried doing this - unlocked my Australian dongle and took it with me - but when trying to buy a SIM only was told by mobile broadband resellers in the UK that their dongle was also required as the software to operate the SIM was located on the dongle. (Don't know how true this is!)
    Most of the hardware makers have a generic software version, you just need to know the setting details of the carrier you are trying to use, which will be problematic for those that might be considered technically challenged. I must admit I have not kept track of pricing overseas, if you can pickup a dongle as cheap OS then why fiddle/experiment with settings, but if you like a challenge....International APN Settings for Mobile Broadband Network Operators | Settings


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