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3 Prepay Mobile Broadband Modem
Member Name: kat770
3 Prepay Mobile Broadband Modem
Advantages: Portable, Cheap, Easy to install, Text messages
Disadvantages: Relies on good signal strenth
I first discovered three broadband a few years ago and was not really sure what it was all about and how it worked, as it was not advertised a lot then.
Mobile broadband gives Internet access that can be used pretty much anywhere, where you can get a signal that is. Its ideal for using on your laptop when your out and about so you don't need to be connected to the internet via the telephone line. We have two machines one with Vista and the other with windows 7 it works fine on both of these and is easily connected to both so can be used with both machines, I also know that it works on Windows XP as well.
It can be brought from most places that sell computers and the pay as you go can be purchased for about £20 and then its just a matter of topping it up.
However there is two options pay monthly or pay as you go. The first pay monthly costs £15 per month for 5GB worth of internet this contract lasts for 18 months and is taken by direct debit. There is also now a 1-month contract for the same price, which is better as you can cancel at any time by giving a month notice. The second is pay as you go the same as topping up your mobile but you just top up the Internet instead. This is easily done by getting a voucher from the local shops and then entering the voucher number on the three website. You can top up £10 for 1GB £15 for 3GB or £25 for 7GB.
Its easy to set up as its just a matter of connecting it to the USB port then it will auto install the software needed for it to run.
The good points
I find the speed very good and have not had any problems regarding this. With it being mobile broadband it can be used on different computers and can be used almost anywhere. An extra bonus is that you can add on texts so I can send texts to any phone from my laptop or computer. Its cheap and easy to use.
If you live in an area where you cant get a mobile signal then this will almost certainly struggle, as it's the same as a mobile regarding the signal. Also from time to time they do system maintenance during this time its hard to get online, however they do send you a text message to let you know when its going to happen.
Overall for me I find it a great way to get on the net a cheaper alternative if you are using the pay as you go as you can top up from as little £10. Would recommend if looking for an alternative from the phone line.
Summary: A great piece of kit that can be used on multiple machines. Ideal if out and about
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