I’ve had mobile broadband dongles/mifi devices for some time, and currently primarily use an old EE device.
Problem is I’m paying monthly for a hefty quota on 2 plans, it’s not cheap, but I only consume large amounts of data sporadically when on holiday in the UK.
I’m wondering if anyone has experience of using a good mi-fi type device with a PAYG SIM that I could load up with data that lasts for more than 30-90 days, preferably 12 months, but could also be topped up fairly cheaply at those peak data usage times.
My experience with tethering is that only a small amount of the available 4G bandwidth is available to tethered devices. That was using an iPhone on the 3 network, perhaps others are more flexible. Also, I had to leave my phone on a windowsill, which was not ideal.
Unfortunately that wouldn’t work for a specific use I have in mind - I have an original Amazon Echo Show at another property that I use just to ‘drop in’ to see that things look ok - it was running on a Sky phone/broadband connection I’m planning to ditch as it’s barely used apart from this and I don’t need a landline there.
I’ve just left one of the EE mifi boxes there hooked up to a USB charging plug - works better than the Sky service but I’m paying through the nose for a 32GB plan when I may only use a couple of GB a month, if that.
When I take that mi-fi box on holiday we can get through 32GB in a matter of days, hence a secondary top up plan.
I’d prefer to just maybe load up 12GB of data on a SIM that lasts for 12 months, and top up the data as and when needed for that location, maybe purchasing an unlocked mi-fi box/router for this usage.
Thanks - that’s exactly the sort of thing I’m after, ideally unlocked with a SIM where the data quota does not expire over after 30/90 days. I have an older version of that Huawei device from 3, it’s probably locked to 3 but may be worth digging out to see if it’ll still work via a USB charger as battery life was short.
I’ve used such devices (currently EE) many times whilst in fairly remote holiday cottages with dire ADSL speeds - walking around the property running speedtests, rotating/inverting/balancing the device on something for best signal is a regular set up chore!
There’s a log cabin we stay at in a wood near a golf course with an outside balcony - I’ve found sticking the mi-fi box outside on the balcony table in a ‘waterproof’ plastic take-away carton attached to a USB power charger works admirably and I can get 10-20 Mbps reliably but maybe only 1 Mbps from the internal ADSL connection. With multiple phones/tablets and normally an AppleTV in tow it really makes a difference though I’ve always been impressed how Netflix handles low bandwidth connections.
Rather stupidly before I cottoned on to Amazon’s regular discounting of Echo device I bought a second pair of 1st gen Echo Shows - we really ought to set one up for the mother-in-law but she doesn’t have broadband, so yet another reason I could do with a portable mifi type device with a long lasting data SIM that won’t break the bank with low data usage.