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Many many years ago, before relying heavily on my mobile phone in order to get online whilst outside. I invested in this dongle, which was supposed to be the 'new way to browse on the move', apparently.
That claim was proven to be a lot of horse crap as I never managed to remain connected to the internet whilst using this. The longest I stayed connected was not even four minutes, which is not good at all.
The idea is good. Slot the dongle into a USB port of the PC, let the dongle do the business in setting up, add the passwords and security setting and away you go... or not.
It looks like a memory stick,6cm by 3cm by 1 ½ cm, with a sliding USB connector which helps protect the ends. There was a SIM card which I could top up using the card that came in the pack, when I needed to, like a pay as you go phone. This has a slot for a micro SD card, but as I never slid one in there I have no idea if that's a good thing or a bad thing.
When it did connect to the internet the speeds weren't that great anyway, with most days dropping connection in no time at all. No matter what I did I could not get this to stay connected. In the end I gave up the ghost and stuck this on ebay, selling it for less than half of what I paid for it, but at least I kept my sanity.
It was supposed to run on most modern OS's, including Mac, although I have never tried this on 8.1, but it does set up on Windows 7.
The setting up was simple, but it went down hill from there.
I bought this for £20, which I thought was a bargain. Sadly, it turned out to be one of the biggest waste of £20 that I have ever spent.
If you take my advice steer clear of this as you'll regret spending money and time on it.
I've been using the W'N'W stick three for over 6 months now and an extremely pleased with it.
It was a free upgrade on my current contract, although i benefited from a reduction in the monthly line rental. The cost is now £15 per month, for a 3gb browsing and download allowance. The only limitation is that it cant be used to make VOIP calls, such as skype. The next package up allows this.
It was very easy to get started with the stick, its just a plug and play, which means you connect it via the USB port and install the manager. You can send sms to and from the desktop manager, monitor connection speeds as well as managing your phonebook.
The main benefit of this over the last modem T-mobile launched (see my other review) is that the speeds are faster. This model supports HSDPA/HSUPA so the internet can connect up to 7.2Mbps, dependent on coverage in your area.
You also get free T-Mobile hotspot access too, with certain contracts, which is free superfast wifi access in thousands of locations all over the country.
Im very pleased with the level of service received with the stick, and have no problem recommending this.
I have been using T Mobile web and welk for about 3 months now. It's reasonable value for money at £30 a month. I got this through the Carphone Warehouse and got my Laptop thrown in. There is cheaper mobile internet out there but this was a good deal for me as I was laptop-less and didn't jave the lump sum for a new one.
The contract itself gives you such a high allowance of use, 3GB a month, I never get anywhere near maxing it out, so for users like me who use the interent for basic surfing about and downloading a few songs it's more than generous. Even for a heavier user, T Mobile web and walk is good as it does not charge you per MB you go over the allowance like some other providers. Thet will simply send you a letter reminding you to stick within your limits.
Setting up is easy, you get a disc and a usb stick which contains your sim. Simply insert the insallation disc, and it gives you step by step instructions on screen. Set up took me around half an hour. Then every time you need the net, plug in the stick, open web and walk on the desktop and click connect. Easy!
The connection itself I was told was good in the London area. most of the time it is but I find from time to time it stops and I need to disconnect and reconnect to get it going again. I don't k know how reliable the connection is in other parts of the country.
Overall a good alternative for people who want interent on the go, or don't want the commitment or hassle of internet through a land line.