Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Much Dewchurch, Herefordshire
My Motorhome: Pilote Galaxy G781GJ Emotion
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Mobiles - Continental Roaming
I know this subject has come up before but I always seem to be having problems in France with Three.
In the "old days" I used Toggle (and still do) for local calls in France and Spain etc but I also used to get a USB dongle for a notebook for all data work. In the end I got fed up with trying to find a Carrefour of whichever supermarket to renew SIMs and so I progressed to a dual SIM smarter phone and used Three "Add-ons" for everything but local calls. In fact I make very few calls or texts.
The nub of the point is that Three seems rubbish in France. It's great in Spain with excellent coverage and good data performance but the moment you cross into France the phone effectively goes dead. You might get one "zit" on the signal bar whereas the Toggle is "5 x 5". You can hardly ever get a usable data connection. This is not a local thing as obviously we are driving. I think that we were back in Normandy before we got an acceptable signal. This has happened in previous years.
While it was playing up I called Three on 2 "zits" but no reasonable data performance. They gave me the usual " we can control the coverage in England but not abroad. I suggested that they could by changing contracts to a better coverage company. Their reply was to credit £10 to my account but it didn't improve the signal!
Question: Are there alternatives, price-wise to Three's roaming service and if so which companies. What are their time restrictions i.e how long can you use them before they cut you off. I'm not going to say how we get around the Three's two months restriction in case they are watching!!
Are there any other ways to get good cheap data abroad? I shall be going back to locally bought SIM cards...
By a "good data signal" I mean one that lets me contact a server at home to check security cameras, heating system, etc. It's the first thing to go down in France.
Thanks in anticipation.