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3 fiver a month PAYG data suddenly working in 2G area?

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How weird, I tried my 3 PAYG SIM today in the Shift (with the fiver a month internet bundle activated), and it's magically started working for data even tho i'm in a 2G area!

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Odd... 3's coverage checker says 2G for yours and my area. Unless they haven't updated the site yet...

Full bars? Or just one/two?

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It's still getting only 2G coverage, so it MUST be roaming in O2 or Orange... I can't really tell as network indicator just says '3' with the roaming indicator.

Very odd!

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I think the fact their data service did not work over 2G was what did for me when I was trying to get a PAYG SIM working on a friends laptop with an old vodafone 3G card. Worked perfectly with my TMob SIM, but when I put the three SIM in it didn't show it connected to any signal. I had assumed that we must be in at least a 2G signal (centre of London), so figured either the software or SIM were b0rked. If its now working I might try again.

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Yeah, it'd be useful if someone could confirm they are seeing the same.

Maybe 3 have just initiated a 2G data roaming agreement with their partners... would make sense as they were getting hammered by dissatisfied customers IMHO?

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You can use a payg sim to roam onto 2g. All the payg sims seem to use orange.

When I got my broadband adaptor (had to send back as it didn't work!) it worked fine with my 3 payg sim, only using Orange though...

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Never USED to work! Honest!

:D

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Just for you Paul, i'll add some credit to my payg sim and give it a try with the internet bundle....

Would be a good way of getting cheap orange unlimited data, even if it's only at 2g :D

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As Paul says, it does work. I'm using the £5 bundle now via Orange and it isn't taking any credit away...

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FINALLY! :D

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I connected last week before buying the £5 month credit, showed up as costing 71p out of bundle charge.

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Yay! Looks like 3 is finally working on 2G using the Orange network. Has anyone got Opera Mini working? Works fine on O2 but looks like it's port blocked on Orange. Anyone able to confirm?

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I got it working on 2g. Try changing the network setting to http rather than socket on the opera mini settings page.

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Nice one. Thank you. Works a treat now and I now have the perfect setup for my SPV M3100! The 3 network rocks! Just wish I could set up Skype to use the front ear piece rather than the rear speaker!

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Just to add my 2P worth..................

When not on 3 my phone always had data using O2 (3 contract). I have never been able to get data on Orange until I read this thread and retried it. Guess what? It works with data on Orange now also. Hooray! Well done 3 :D

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Nice one. Thank you. Works a treat now and I now have the perfect setup for my SPV M3100! The 3 network rocks! Just wish I could set up Skype to use the front ear piece rather than the rear speaker!

I belive that is a limitation of the Windows mobile platform rather than Skype

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where can u get a £5 a month data three sim from?

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It is a bundle you can add to any three payg sim card....

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It is a bundle you can add to any three payg sim card....

And the data use is unlimited?

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It is a bundle you can add to any three payg sim card....

Only offers me a £10 bundle? Do I need to access it via mythree or topup through a phone?

edit - found it through my three under 'internet' rather than 'mobile broadband'. So what's the difference?

M.S

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Only offers me a £10 bundle? Do I need to access it via mythree or topup through a phone?

edit - found it through my three under 'internet' rather than 'mobile broadband'. So what's the difference?

M.S

I believe internet is for use on a phone only, whereas mobile broadband can be used for tethering to a laptop.

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I believe internet is for use on a phone only, whereas mobile broadband can be used for tethering to a laptop.

The £5 bundle does work as internet access via a pc/laptop. I had it connected via orange using my Diamond and it was working fine (although slightly slow!)

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Not sure really, but the fiver one does everything I need! :D

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What speeds are you getting with the £5 one?

Mark, can you try in a 3G area ad let us know what download speeds you are getting as Paul lives way out in the sticks (Norwich) and so can't get 3G?

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Mark lives even further out in the sticks :D

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