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General Chat Thread, Mobile Broadband HELP! in General; Our head has a blackberry. He moved his personal phone sim card over into the blackberry. He pays for the ...
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    Our head has a blackberry. He moved his personal phone sim card over into the blackberry. He pays for the calls school pay for the data package.

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    maybe dialup? I guess it depends what e-mail is worth to your head but I think you might have trouble justifying 180 a year on school funds especially if it's only going to be used part of the time.

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    Surely most hotels (especially of the sort that head teachers will stay in) and conference centres offer wi-fi these days?

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    I have a Vodafone PAYG USB contract. 20 per month with a 3GB limit. Quite nippy in a 3G area, but for email anywhere it is ideal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeMarchand View Post
    Surely most hotels (especially of the sort that head teachers will stay in) and conference centres offer wi-fi these days?
    They do, and they charge per night what you would pay per month with a mobile broadband contract.

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    If she gets mobile broadband just make sure she reads small print when using it abroad. The roaming charges are very high. You could use it for 1 minute and its an instant 8 charge.

    When abroad she should get a hotel with free wifi.

    At home that mobile broadband isnt bad really. I would recommend a proper broadband connection as it dont cost much.

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    Just make sure she does not download prison break while away abroad at a 'conference'.

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    I've got a Three mobile broadband dongle which I use as a backup to my home connection and when out and about.

    Despite using it heavily I have yet to use more than 1Gb traffic - I'm on the 10 a month contract (reduced to 5 a month since I have a mobile with them too).

    The speeds are pretty fast at home and in quieter areas. I've found the speeds in the town where I work are pretty slow. For simply checking email the speed isn't really an issue (I used to do this over GPRS).

    The only problem I have with Three is where there is no signal. No signal = no connection. With the other networks they have a 2G network to fall back on.

    The USB dongle itself is pretty good, works with weak signal and the PC sees it as a modem and storage device (for installing drivers).

    I think that 10/15 a month is pretty insignificant for a school.

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