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Hey peeps, just wanted to share some 3 UK roaming awesomeness.

Scenario: On holiday for 3 weeks in Sardinia (Italy), need data access

Solution: 3's free roaming (including Data) on partner networks! i.e.

- dig out 3 prepay SIM
- add some credit (10 quid)
- buy 1 months worth of internet for a fiver
- put sim in phone
- when arriving in Sardinia, set phone to manual network selection to 3 Italy
- FREE FLAT RATE DATA!

SO awesome! The coverage here is excellent too... i'm writing this over HSDPA from my villa which is in a pretty remote location!

This will work on ANY 3 partner network...

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Nice find, I'll habe to remember that next time I'm away.

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I found excellent full-strength signal in Portugal including in trains. Many free WiFi hotspots too. The difference between the standards in Europe and those in England are quite frightening! enjoy your hols.. :D

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No WiFi out here in the sticks, so thank goodness for 3!

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Bet the other half does not think it's as cool as we do here lol.

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If you have access to a "3" partner network you can use you UK inclusive minutes; calls are charged at your normal rates outside your inclusive minutes; you do not pay roaming fees if someone calls you either. Works a treat when I visit the relatives in the south of Ireland :D

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Exactly! Brilliant!

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Hey peeps, just wanted to share some 3 UK roaming awesomeness.

Scenario: On holiday for 3 weeks in Sardinia (Italy), need data access

Solution: 3's free roaming (including Data) on partner networks! i.e.

- dig out 3 prepay SIM
- add some credit (10 quid)
- buy 1 months worth of internet for a fiver
- put sim in phone
- when arriving in Sardinia, set phone to manual network selection to 3 Italy
- FREE FLAT RATE DATA!

SO awesome! The coverage here is excellent too... i'm writing this over HSDPA from my villa which is in a pretty remote location!

This will work on ANY 3 partner network...

P



One months worth of internet for a fiver? I thought that was £15 for 1Gb? Or are you just buying the ability to use data at a set price? If so, what is that price? Like, a pound a day or something? I am off to Sardinia in a few weeks time so this sounds very attractive. However, last time I tried to set up a 3 SIM it seemed to take weeks before I could activate it and actually pay for any credit!

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I wonder how this will work when the T-Mobile and 3 data sharing agreement kicks in. I.e. will I be able to get the same roaming with my T-Mo sim, or will I be charged Roaming data charges!

Have a good hols!

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There's a fiver a month data addon, not the mobile broadband one, just normal data. That's what i'm using!

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I'm counting on the "3 Italy" (August - Venice area anyone been and tried the availability ?) as well but with a mobile broadband dongle. I have a 3 PAYG sim knocking around as well, might just put that in the Hermes for the cheaper phone calls. :-)

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Probably just miss you - I am flying out 21st June. Heading to Valedoria, between Sassari and Olbia, on the coast. Never been before, so whats it like.

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Scenario: On holiday for 3 weeks in Sardinia (Italy), need data access..... <snip> i'm writing this over HSDPA from my villa which is in a pretty remote location!

This will work on ANY 3 partner network...
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Its a tough life being an MVP - did BillG help with the mortgage on your villa :-)

Seriously,
This sounds great - anyone know what 3 coverage is like in Gibraltar?

And how did you unlock your VarioIII to get the 3 sim working?

Ta

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Awesome. Perfect knowing. Especially since I just switched to 3 fully here in Sweden. Got an awesome deal on flatrate text and talk for 40 US Dollar a month. A mohahahhah :D

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BTW Paul: I wanted to ask what tech did you bring with you? :D

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Probably just miss you - I am flying out 21st June. Heading to Valedoria, between Sassari and Olbia, on the coast. Never been before, so whats it like.

Yeah, you arrive after i've left, i'm in Badesi - 7ks from Valledoria! :D

Spooky!

Our first time here too, really liking it so far, excellent beaches! 3 coverage here is EXCELLENT and speedy HSDPA too. Kinda fun doing journey logging in CamerAware (with TomTom running too) while we're here! lol!

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Its a tough life being an MVP - did BillG help with the mortgage on your villa :-)

Seriously,
This sounds great - anyone know what 3 coverage is like in Gibraltar?

And how did you unlock your VarioIII to get the 3 sim working?

Ta

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lol, it's not MY villa! Although Bill, if you're reading this, pretty please... :D

I unlocked my V3 via imei-check ages ago.

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BTW Paul: I wanted to ask what tech did you bring with you? :D

MacBook, Redfly, Vario III, Zinc II, QTek 8500 and HP 614c.

MacBook = my main machine
Redfly = cool gadget and currently reviewing
Vario III = my main phone
QTek 8500 = holder of my main SIM while 3 SIM is in the Vario III

Zinc II = currently under review
HP 614c = currently under review (but has actually died!)

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MacBook, Redfly, Vario III, Zinc II, QTek 8500 and HP 614c.

MacBook = my main machine
Redfly = cool gadget and currently reviewing
Vario III = my main phone
QTek 8500 = holder of my main SIM while 3 SIM is in the Vario III

Zinc II = currently under review
HP 614c = currently under review (but has actually died!)

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Cool tech. Im currently thinking on what to bring when I head to the US this summer. Ouch not fun that the phone has died. Is it the battery or? Can't you get HP to send you a new one?

Also do you know in which countries 3 has their own networks?

Edited by micaels, 31 May 2008 - 08:59 PM.

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