Hi Ibrahim, That's what we thought - as did the drongo in the shop. However Vodafone's technical support confirmed he was wrong, and we got a refund. George. From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ibrahim Gucukoglu Sent: 26 June 2009 16:37 To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [access-uk] Re: Laptop Internet Access while abroad. Hi George. That's strange with regards the dongle. The dongle has the same technology in it as a mobile phone in that it has the radio portion of the handset which is responsible for connecting to the network. Have you spoken to Vodaphone's technical support people about making sure you had a compatible dongle for the sim card you choose to use abroad? I don't know anything about Vodaphone I'm afraid, but on Three, you have a special sim called a USim which you use in your dongle and which enables HSDPA access or 3g where that is unavailable. All the best, Ibrahim. ----- Original Message ----- From: George Bell <mailto:george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Friday, June 26, 2009 4:20 PM Subject: [access-uk] Re: Laptop Internet Access while abroad. Hi Steve, The Vodafone simcard lets my wife use her Nokia 6600 phone virtually world-wide. Same with my N96. But that's not quite the issue. It's the bit between the laptop and the internet that's the issue. FWIW, the laptop is an HP with Wireless and Bluetooth. She understood (as we now know wrongly) that a Vodafone USB dongle would connect directly and automatically to a Vodafone partner in Denmark, in the same way as her mobile phone does. Walking Hotspot "looks" like it may be a solution, but how does it know who and where to dial in a foreign country. The web page doesn't seen to give much information on that front. George. From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Steve Nutt Sent: 26 June 2009 14:27 To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [access-uk] Re: Laptop Internet Access while abroad. Hi George, As I understand it, if you want data in a foreign land, you have to get a Sim card for that country. I think that is the only way to do it that I know of anyway. Having said that, when I went to Cyprus, my Sim just worked. I don't use dongles though, I use Walking Hotspot, http://www.walkinghotspot.com <http://www.walkinghotspot.com/> on a phone. All the best Steve ________________________________ From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of George Bell Sent: Friday 26 June 2009 14:18 To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [access-uk] Laptop Internet Access while abroad. I dare say this question will surprise the mobile phone experts, but here goes. My wife travels regularly to Denmark, and was sold a USB dongle by Vodafone which, she was assured would provide access abroad. Well it seems the sales person in the Northampton shop was about as bright as a toc h lamp. Head office assured my wife that this will not work outside the U.K. So what do you guys use with your laptops to access the internet and check mail when sitting on a train in a foreign country? George.