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Re: [SLUG] Travelling Overeseas - USB Modems
- To: slug <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Travelling Overeseas - USB Modems
- From: Rick Phillips <rick@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2010 19:09:56 +1000
- Reply-to: rick@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> I'm currently travelling around Europe, and I've been buying pre-paid sim cards
> for internet access in almost every country I've spent more than a few days in.
> I've been using both my phone (Nokia N85) tethered via a usb cable, and my
> Huawei E169 USB 3G adaptor which I bought through Optus. One thing to note:
> I would avoid any adaptor sold by Telstra, if you intend to use it in Europe.
> This is because, for 3G data, telstra uses 2100MHz and 850Mhz (in regional
> areas), whereas Europe (and Optus/Vodafone Australia) use 2100MHz and 900MHz.
> So if you're going to buy an adaptor, get it from an Optus or Vodafone
> affiliated store, and make sure that it's not sim-locked.
> The prepaid deals available vary from country to country. In the UK, Ireland
> and Sweden, for example, there's quite a bit of competition and you can get
> some good deals (I rather liked 3's free sim and 10pound/1Gb, 15pound/3Gb for a
> month offer in the UK, and here in Sweden, 90 krona got me 5Gb for a month).
> In other places, it can be quite poor (Vodafone in the Netherlands was a
> rip-off - max data is 50Mb per day on their so-called unlimited BloX plan).
You have provided the very information I have been looking for - thanks.
I have to exclude free wifi at Macca's and the like because these tours
don't stop at coffee shops and the like so I need something that can
operate from a boat, bus or hotel room.
I also have servers here in Oz that I have to look after and, while I
could tether my iPhone, I don't want to be swapping sim cards in that in
case I get a call from home that a server needs attention.
I will be off to see Optus and Vodafone dealers to see what I can do.