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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 19-10-2008, 14:53 Thread Starter
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Bit of an idiot as far as computer terminology is concerned. I want to get a dongle for home use and wondered what 3GB download actually equates to usage. Regretfully I cannot use the 3 Mobile in my area (that has a 5GB download). I think only Vodaphone and Orange are possible OK. Any thoughts on any of this please.
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If you only use it for email surfing and the occasional down loads it is ok. Slower than broadband but faster than the old dial up. I only have a 1gig month (30 days) for 10 and I find that enough. If you stay in the UK most of the time you can get 3gig a month on an 18 month contract.

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An avarage normal web page is about 312K and there are 1024Mbytes in 1 Gbyte. 1G =1024M, 1M=1024K, 1Kbyte=1024bytes. There are 1000*1000*1000bytes in 1Gbyte.
Roughly 3000 web pages per gig!!
So you can look at and download a lot of information for 5g!

Hope this helps

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I have the Voddie 3Gb dongle.

Its a doddle to use, even has a usage scale so you can keep an eye on your usage.

Connection all over the UK is fair, even in the far north. 3G (the fast bit) is possible in more populated areas.

My dongle was free, at 15 per month fair value.

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I see Grouch is in Devon-whereabouts Grouch? I couldn't get a signal with a "3" dongle anywhere in that county.

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Even in rural Devon??

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I have the Voddie 3Gb dongle.

Its a doddle to use, even has a usage scale so you can keep an eye on your usage.

Connection all over the UK is fair, even in the far north. 3G (the fast bit) is possible in more populated areas.

My dongle was free, at 15 per month fair value.
I have the same deal, and have been quite happy with it.
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Even in rural Devon??

I can't remember being anywhere, where there isn't any signal at all.

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I can't remember being anywhere, where there isn't any signal at all.
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Praps we should have another thread a la "Pete and Irene": ie "Vodaphone Dongle-where have you used yours?"

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In Torbay. Definitely cannot get a 3 mobile signal. But I am told I can use Vodaphone or Orange. As I am at present on dial up and it is like waiting for paint to dry (paying 9.99 a month) I just want to make sure the dongle will be quick enough for me before I go into an 18 month contract. I am not too interested in downloading music etc. but would like to be able to use google earth.
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In Torbay. Definitely cannot get a 3 mobile signal.
Hi grouch

I am wondering why that is as that's not what the coverage checker at the 3 website is showing... it shows that most of the Torquay and Paingnton are served by HSDPA. ( but there are a few "yellow" patches on the map , I bet you are in one of those...Mr Sod and his law!!)

see here 3 coverage Checker <<<

I always check to see what sort of a signal to expect and the checker has proved to be quite accurate for me but the signals can be fickle and small movements and elevation can make big differences to the quality and strength of the signal. Also I think that in some areas even with a strong signal the actual ability to upload/download is affected by the contention ratio ( how many folk are using it in the cell)

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It is a shame there is no dongle owning member handy to your location as an actual check would seem to be the way to go if you are expecting to use it daily as the main connection....
If you were closer I would have done it for you... but a bit too far for me to have a day out

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