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Owling_Wolf

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#1 27/08/2013 at 12:53

Wondering about buying this from an offer. However, I don't have any such item, or a smartphone, just a home PC, so I've no idea at all about what contract or operating devices are necessary to operate this out and about. Could some of you kindly advise me what I'd need in order to use it to access the net away from home, please?

No big words or jargon, Ta!  

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#2 27/08/2013 at 14:39

Ok firstly there are two ways of accessing the internet - wifi and cellular. Wifi hotspots are like wireless networks, a lot are free (particularly if you're with BT), but coverage isn't wonderful so it's good to know where you'd intend to use it. Mobile coverage is pretty much everywhere but data is more expensive and you'll need something that looks like a mobile phone plan - if you're just using it to browse OO and the BBC site (just guessing) rather than watch Sky Go cost shouldn't be too much of an issue.

The device you've looking at is wifi only but it does look like you can buy a dongle that will allow 3G/mobile coverage, but that's obviously going to cost more and you'll probably have something sticking out of the device.  

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#3 27/08/2013 at 14:51

Ok firstly there are two ways of accessing the internet - wifi and cellular. Wifi hotspots are like wireless networks, a lot are free (particularly if you're with BT), but coverage isn't wonderful so it's good to know where you'd intend to use it. Mobile coverage is pretty much everywhere but data is more expensive and you'll need something that looks like a mobile phone plan - if you're just using it to browse OO and the BBC site (just guessing) rather than watch Sky Go cost shouldn't be too much of an issue.

The device you've looking at is wifi only but it does look like you can buy a dongle that will allow 3G/mobile coverage, but that's obviously going to cost more and you'll probably have something sticking out of the device.
Nucky, 27/08/2013 at 14:39


"if you're just using it to browse OO and the BBC site (just guessing) rather than watch Sky Go cost shouldn't be too much of an issue. "

You've got me bang to rights, nucky! Smug Plus googling lots of stuff: mainly cat pictures. But definitely not watching matches, etc.

When you say that "cost shouldn't be too much of an issue", what (very, very rough) field are we talking about, do you think?

I can see dongles on sale on that site, but have no experience of them or idea about them. Once you've bought them, is that a one-off price and you still need some kind of contract or is the dongle it?

Do I understand you correctly: the tablet is already able to be used in a wifi source, such as a hotel that advertises that? It doesn't need anything else for just that?

Thanks for your help! 

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Nucky

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#4 27/08/2013 at 15:17



"if you're just using it to browse OO and the BBC site (just guessing) rather than watch Sky Go cost shouldn't be too much of an issue. "

You've got me bang to rights, nucky! Smug Plus googling lots of stuff: mainly cat pictures. But definitely not watching matches, etc.

When you say that "cost shouldn't be too much of an issue", what (very, very rough) field are we talking about, do you think?

I can see dongles on sale on that site, but have no experience of them or idea about them. Once you've bought them, is that a one-off price and you still need some kind of contract or is the dongle it?

Do I understand you correctly: the tablet is already able to be used in a wifi source, such as a hotel that advertises that? It doesn't need anything else for just that?

Thanks for your help!
Owling_Wolf, 27/08/2013 at 14:51


Cheapest usually are GiffGaff (they buy coverage from O2) 500MB for 5 that's ~1500 cat pictures. You might need to click tablets to see the deal. If you have a look on the major network plans they usually have a section for tablets - look for sim only (ie you don't get the device from them).

Think of a 3G dongle as a mobile phone, you buy the phone and then you need a call/data plan. The dongle has the capability to use mobile internet, but Three / O2 etc will still charge you for the privilege.

The device has wifi, so it can connect to any wifi source (just need their password and you're away) though some may charge, hotels and trains like to do this. There are a lot of wifi hotspots and it's just a question of finding them - if you have BT broadband there are loads you can use for free.

Also it's worth knowing Apple have an event on 10th September for the next iPhone, they may announce a new ipad or ipad mini - if they do the existing model usually ends up in their refurbished store with a decent discount (10-20%).  

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#5 27/08/2013 at 15:19

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#6 27/08/2013 at 15:26

superrowlandbrowning, 27/08/2013 at 15:19

The sale price on the OP one is 69.00, Roly. 

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#7 27/08/2013 at 15:29

cat pictures, Owling????? HmUm

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#8 27/08/2013 at 15:34

cat pictures, Owling????? HmUm
atroi , 27/08/2013 at 15:29

LaughLaughLaugh

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#9 27/08/2013 at 15:36


The sale price on the OP one is 69.00, Roly.
Owling_Wolf, 27/08/2013 at 15:26


Says its 199 when i click on link. Wheres link for sale? 

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#10 27/08/2013 at 15:38



Says its 199 when i click on link. Wheres link for sale?
superrowlandbrowning, 27/08/2013 at 15:36

On Living Social.

(Voucher site.) 

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Owling_Wolf

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#11 27/08/2013 at 18:16



Cheapest usually are GiffGaff (they buy coverage from O2) 500MB for 5 that's ~1500 cat pictures. You might need to click tablets to see the deal. If you have a look on the major network plans they usually have a section for tablets - look for sim only (ie you don't get the device from them).

Think of a 3G dongle as a mobile phone, you buy the phone and then you need a call/data plan. The dongle has the capability to use mobile internet, but Three / O2 etc will still charge you for the privilege.

The device has wifi, so it can connect to any wifi source (just need their password and you're away) though some may charge, hotels and trains like to do this. There are a lot of wifi hotspots and it's just a question of finding them - if you have BT broadband there are loads you can use for free.

Also it's worth knowing Apple have an event on 10th September for the next iPhone, they may announce a new ipad or ipad mini - if they do the existing model usually ends up in their refurbished store with a decent discount (10-20%).
Nucky, 27/08/2013 at 15:17

Thanks, Nucky.

A new question: what's the score on using the tablet and dongle on a foreign holiday, such as Turkey? 

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#12 27/08/2013 at 18:29

For 3G in Turkey it'll be about 1 per cat picture - you may be able to use a Turkish SIM if you really need it.

If your hotel has free wifi then you're sorted. 

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Owling_Wolf

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#13 27/08/2013 at 18:31

Salute

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#14 27/08/2013 at 18:33

Ooh, would a dongle have nationwide reception / coverage or would it struggle in mountainous areas, like phones can do?

My phone's good for that: that's the reason I chose Orange as my hill-walking mates gave it the best report. If I had that tablet it would be good on car / camping trips up north. 

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#15 27/08/2013 at 20:36

Dongles work off the same network as phones Fred. 

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