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Initial post: 17 Jan 2014 22:49:02 GMT
diane gray says:
i would like to use my kindle away from home there any devices i can buy to connect to the internet at work that has no internet ??

Posted on 17 Jan 2014 22:55:24 GMT
Lesley says:
I tether the kindle to my iPhone, that uses my iPhone data allowance as wifi for the Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2014 22:57:36 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Some Smart Phones can create a WiFi hotspot or you can buy a mobile 3G MiFi. You can expect to pay around £10 per GB of data used. For emails and web browsing that should last around a month if used regularly.

Posted on 17 Jan 2014 23:11:29 GMT
Lesley says:
I might look into a 3G mobile mifi for my Nook tablet, thanks for the suggestion Denis.

Posted on 18 Jan 2014 06:28:38 GMT
Simply Dee says:
im looking into getting a mifi myself - on a payg basis.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 07:53:32 GMT
Denis Powell says:
If you want a PAYG, I suggest getting an unlocked MiFi and buying Sim cards such as:
Three Mobile Broadband Ready to Go 3GB Preloaded Data Standard SIM for 3G Tablets

The charge is usually £10 per month.

Posted on 18 Jan 2014 08:38:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jan 2014 08:43:00 GMT
I've just been trying to understand how to do this on my laptop whilst on holiday and I got a lot of very positive feedback all in favour of the 3 network. After doing my homework on it, I decided to go with a Dongle because the very cheapest Android phone I could find was still not all that cheap and the reviews suggested that it was poor at 'tethering' a good enough signal.

Once I had made up my mind, I shopped around and found that the very best deal for the preloaded 3GB data that I could get was at Argos at the moment? I know absolutely nothing about the technology involved but will this Dongle also work with your tablet? - Three 3GB E3231 Mobile Broadband USB - catalogue number: 549/1157...


In the long term and looking for something that is overall far more reliable, versatile and durable, I now have my eye on one of these little cuties - a TP-Link M5350 High Speed 3G Wi-Fi Unlocked Modem - as the reviews are consistently great across the Net, it can power up to 10 devices at once and is also rechargeable when in use. It will come in very handy when I finally go ahead with my plans to move house and I think that I will also be using it on the 3 network as well - either on contract or PAYG.

I hope that this also helps you too...x

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 08:58:57 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jan 2014 08:59:50 GMT
Lucy Lou says:
You need to ask why, Diane? What do you want to use the Kindle for whilst you're at work? Which model of Kindle is it?

If it is for news, BBC, emails, browsing, etc do you have a phone that can do that instead of the Kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 09:58:22 GMT
Simply Dee says:
thanks Denis :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 10:20:18 GMT
Denis Powell says:
suzysunshine7, you can't use a USB Dongle with any Kindle. You need the second one you link to, and it seems to have a longer battery life than the one I currently use.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 10:39:07 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Jan 2014 10:40:04 GMT
Thanks Denis...x

I wasn't sure if you could because it does specify laptops but all the same I thought that it might be worth a mention anyway. I found the TP-Link purely by accident whilst wandering around the Internet and it seems to be the cheapest on here at the moment at the current price of £41.99 inc p&p. The reviews are very impressive and it would certainly meet all of our needs during the house move and until we decide what Broadband package to go with. And being unlocked means that I would be free to shop around for the best network deals too, wouldn't I? Although I will probably go with the 3 network as I have been told that they are consistently reliable and also easy to deal with when it comes to topping up.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 11:06:15 GMT
Denis Powell says:
It's actually cheaper, in the long run, to buy a new Sim card such as the one I've linked to above. That works out less expensive than topping up over a three month period. If you only rarely use it you can top up for just one day but that's only worth doing if that's no more than once or twice a month.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 12:42:52 GMT
Simply Dee says:
the one youve linked though, Denis, costs £20.99! woah!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 13:46:56 GMT
Ohhh thanks for that info, Denis,

I am very new to this and it isn't as easy as you would think to work some things out? I often can't tell when I look at item online what they even do? - never mind if I actually need them?!! And some of them offer up no technical specifications or even a broad description of what they do or are for either! ;o>

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 13:51:30 GMT
Yes I was quite shocked too by the prices, Dee, but I guess you are also paying for the mobile convenience of being able to access anywhere and everywhere as much as for the actual product - and for a lot of people that is well worth the expense.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 14:04:59 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Yes, but that's for 3 GB over 3 months. Normally that would cost you £30 at £10 per month.

Sent using a Fire HDX from a 151 bus while traveling using my MiFi.

Posted on 18 Jan 2014 15:39:44 GMT
Simply Dee says:
oh really? so it works out well, then?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 16:34:49 GMT
Denis Powell says:
How well it works out for you will depend on how often you're going to need it. I used to let my PAYG lapse over the winter so the total annual cost was around £60 for me. On the odd occasion I used to use it during that time I'd pay for just 1 day but that only gave me 250 MB of bandwidth. Since then I've started to use it more often to keep up to date with any travel disruptions so I now keep it up to date all year round.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 17:20:37 GMT
Simply Dee says:
well i was going to just get a sim from giff gaff and use it as and when needed. i dont take my Fire out and about unless im working during the weekend or if I go on some really long train journey

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 17:34:14 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Can't speak for GiffGaff but most 3G Sim cards have a time limit once you start to use them. In the case of the Three Sim card I've linked to above it's 3 months or 3 GB of data, whichever you reach first.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 17:44:20 GMT
Simply Dee says:
so basically regardless of how much I use my myfi device with 3, ill only have to top up every 3 months?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2014 18:04:16 GMT
Denis Powell says:
No. If you use the 3GB up in a week you'd have to top up then in order to carry on using it. If after 3 months you've only used 1GB of data you lose the other 2GB.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2014 14:22:53 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jan 2014 14:23:40 GMT
Lesley says:
I wanted to thank you Denis as I am now the very proud owner of a EE MIFI device, which gives me 3GB of data on a rolling monthly contract for £16.00. I have a Nook tablet, an ipad, a Paperwhite and a Kobo ereader and they all connnect to it beautifuly, and its so fast. The data allowance is probably far more than I need but the 1GB was £13 anyway. the device cost £25.00 and I am well pleased. Its solved me a lot of problems and before this thread I didn't even know about them

Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2014 18:19:07 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Make sure that if you're going to be traveling with any device, turn it on before you leave home so that it will do any updates before you connect it to your MiFi and, if possible, turn off automatic updates.

My MiFi shows how much data is being used and one day I discovered my e-ink Kindle was downloading a large update file of well over 100 MB. In the scheme of things it wasn't a disaster but if I'd been close to the end of my allowance it might have been.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jan 2014 18:34:39 GMT
I've been told that some email Inboxes can eat up more data than others too? It was something to do with how they download onto your device but I couldn't quite follow it? I have Outlook (and I hate it too! - bring back my Hotmail!) and I am currently emptying all of my huge long-term stored folders of emails into another email account that I now use as a storage facility, just in case.
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