[access-uk] Re: Laptop Internet Access while abroad.

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

         

        
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        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.

         

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