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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-07-2019, 23:29
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I think you can get 3 and 4g antennas for vans. Not something Ive looked into but Addie who used to be a member on here from www.motorhomewifi.com is into all that. https://www.motorhomewifi.com/

Should pull in some better signals but as said I found Vodafone and a crappy old iphone excellent in France.


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That does seem odd because. Like I said, I get very good date coverage all over France with my Three Huawei Mifi device AND via my (ancient) Huawei mobile phone which is on the BT network.

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I thought you retired just a short while ago Andy not 14 not even 4 years ago, or was that not from the P. force?

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Hi,

My three mifi with a 12gb data SIM was very slow in France at times especially late afternoon when the kids were home from school just like in the UK!

I also used an old Moto e4 as a hotspot with a Giffgaff £20/20gb goody bag which lasted for thirty days and that proved to be better with 4g connections in most areas of Brittany and Normandy last month.

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My three mifi with a 12gb data SIM was very slow in France at times especially late afternoon when the kids were home from school just like in the UK!

I also used an old Moto e4 as a hotspot with a Giffgaff £20/20gb goody bag which lasted for thirty days and that proved to be better with 4g connections in most areas of Brittany and Normandy last month.

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That was my experience too with these 2 providers.

I had thought I should update the mifi but maybe it's the sim I need to change. Pity, I've just started a 24GB, 24mth sim.

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I found 3 rubbish in the UK. I'd bought a couple of throwaway sims in Australia to use in Europe & UK.

If you happen to know a French resident you can get a SOSH sim plan (the budget Orange company) in their name. You do have to pay for a year, but their top plan is currently available for €10 per month for 50Gb, unlimited calls & SMS.

Orange (which SOSH use) supposedly has the best coverage.

Or you can get a Free sim for €20 per month for 100Gb. Not as good coverage (the worst of the 4 big companies), but if you're not going out in the middle of nowhere that may not bother you. Not sure of the residency requirements for that (probably the same deal).
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I thought you retired just a short while ago Andy not 14 not even 4 years ago, or was that not from the P. force?
I retired from Dorset Police in Sept 2005 (a week after my daughter joined!) I Then did a few odd things and then, because I was bored, I went to work for the County Council Highways dept.They had a big re-organisation 4 years ago and asked for redundancy volunteers, I volunteered and was selected. Now whether that was because they wanted rid of me, or because my redundancy package was much less than other longer serving staff I don’t know ! I am REALLY enjoying life these days, I hit 65 next Thursday but cannot remember when I last felt this well

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I retired from Dorset Police in Sept 2005 (a week after my daughter joined!) I Then did a few odd things and then, because I was bored, I went to work for the County Council Highways dept.They had a big re-organisation 4 years ago and asked for redundancy volunteers, I volunteered and was selected. Now whether that was because they wanted rid of me, or because my redundancy package was much less than other longer serving staff I don’t know ! I am REALLY enjoying life these days, I hit 65 next Thursday but cannot remember when I last felt this well

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The bean counters run the show now Andy, cost benefit analysis wins every time. You were the cheap option, sounds like they did you a favour.

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The bean counters run the show now Andy, cost benefit analysis wins every time. You were the cheap option, sounds like they did you a favour.

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Ab-so-blooming-lutely!!!

Anyone interested had to put in a “request” and then they would all be considered and a decision made after about three months.

After three WEEKS I said to Mrs P that regardless of whether I got voluntary redundancy or not I was still going to finish as by then I had, in my mind, already left AND I had enough of the petty politics/back biting and, worst of all, having to deal with some councillors who were legends in their own mind (and nowhere else!) One of the best life decision I have made.

Although I get to 65 next week I have to wait until May next year to get my state pension (65 & 10 months) I do have my Police pension now though. Before anyone leaps in about “Gold Plated” it’s not a “free” one, I did have to pay 11.5% of salary for thirty years to get it

Mrs P is one of the unfortunates who had their pension date moved from 60 up to 66, NOT a happy bunny!

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Thanks for you comments and suggestions. I guess that I will try something new next time we are in France which probably won't be until the return from Spain in May 2020 but at least I will be well prepared. An aerial seems a good idea as does changing supplier to one of those mentioned above.

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