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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 13-05-2018, 14:07
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Steve worth also checking automatic updates are disabled as they can eat your data too.


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Originally Posted by TeamRienza View Post
I have to disagree with webby regarding 3 Data sim activation.


Read the left hand paragraph.

Someone fairly recently on here said (s)he'd activated a 3 SIM when abroad. I had just given the same advice as you state Davy, and whoever it was came back n said it was no longer necessary.

However, if there's any doubt, better to be safe than sorry.

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I don't think the 12g preloaded sim is counted as a PAYG sim as in the terms you refer to @TeamRienza

Anyway we've just activated ours in Europe with no problem.................I'm sure many others have also done so.

Get the correct information....................... cos if you have a few as back up and have to activate them all before leaving UK...................the time starts ticking and their

value as a back up is a bit pointless.

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I purchased a 3 data only sim and didn’t activate it until I got to Spain (In March) no issue whatsoever in registering it there.
If you want extra data it’s better to buy a new 3 data only sim rather than top up an “old” one. A new sim is valid for 12 or 24 months depending on whether it’s 12 or 24Gb. A top up only lasts 30 days then you lose any unused allowance.
Keep an eye on the Internet, sometimes you can get a really good deal on 3 data only sims. Amazon and Argos also sometimes have deals as well.

I have also used my mobile as a “hotspot” rather than use up my Mifi allowance on occasions, but you do need to keep a careful eye on your usage to avoid exceeding your monthly allowance. (I’ve only got 1Gb/month with my BT Mobile)


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I've never tried using my Samsung phone as a hotspot and only have a Three PAYG SIM in it. I think I have to buy an add-on package to use it abroad. I also have a spare Three payg phone SIM preloaded with an All-in-one 15 add-on with 5GB valid for 30 days once activated so I'll take that as a spare.

I rarely use my mobile for calls and texts except when we are on the road but I guess the younger generations must need the 3000 minutes + 3000 texts in a

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Pleased to hear that the 3 sim can be activated whilst abroad. I have a current one with about 6gb left on it and a new 24 gb valid for 24 months sitting in the van for future use. This will make for better value and efficiency. Although it has proved impossible to replicate the value of the current one which was 24gb 24 months for about £24 on amazon. I checked frequently, but not repeated that I could see.

Thanks for the update.

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Living where we do I have used Polish Orange for years, it costs 100polish slottis, about 25€ ,for 5 months not sure how many gb it is, but I now have 124gb because each time I renew the old gb remain and not removed as they are by other monthly sims.
I'm in Germany using it right now. Just thought I'd mention it.

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