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Message started by robo on Feb 22nd, 2012 at 10:18am

Title: lap top
Post by robo on Feb 22nd, 2012 at 10:18am
we are coming over in 3 weeks time i am hoping to bring a laptop so we have something to do of an evening is it possible to use an english internet dongle in spain, it may seem a daft question but as we are not over in spain permanent i do not want the expense of a 12 month contract

Title: Re: lap top
Post by Nigel on Feb 22nd, 2012 at 3:31pm
You can use an English dongle here but beware of the charges. One of my customers was being charged £7.50 per day + data charges for using his UK dongle here.

You can get a permanent non-contract internet connection from Eurona - you only pay for it while you are here - flat rate 12 euros + IVA per month, 1Mb speed and unlimited use.

Nigel

Title: Re: lap top
Post by ColinB on Feb 22nd, 2012 at 9:39pm
you may want to download EX PAT SHIELD before you come so you can see UK TV and radio.

Title: Re: lap top
Post by avalidopinion on Feb 23rd, 2012 at 1:15am

wrote on Feb 22nd, 2012 at 10:18am:
we are coming over in 3 weeks time i am hoping to bring a laptop so we have something to do of an evening is it possible to use an english internet dongle in spain, it may seem a daft question but as we are not over in spain permanent i do not want the expense of a 12 month contract


There are also many free wifi hotspots at Cafes/Hotels/Local Town Hall,  You can use so you can have a beer/coffee and compute  ::)

Title: Re: lap top
Post by robo on Feb 23rd, 2012 at 9:25am
thanks for the replies, we are looking to use in the house for television and keeping in touch with our family, we are not great telly watchers but would watch the odd programme

Title: Re: lap top
Post by John on Feb 23rd, 2012 at 1:35pm
I bought an unlocked dongle of ebay and a pay as you go Spanish vodaphone  3g data sim card of ebay too. The Sim card was £12.95 with 10 Euros credit and free postage from Spain.

The guy selling the sim cards has a website: www-simcardspain-es
That is his username on ebay too. I've had no problems with this. He has some on ebay at the moment - Item number: 220901043061


There is also a Vodaphone shop on the main drag in Tortosa where you can top your card up. Or you can do it online. If you try to buy a sim in Spain, be prepared for the usual Beurocratic crap needing passports, Nie etc.

I bought mine from this guy and avoided all of it.

Hope this helps.
john

Title: Re: lap top
Post by robo on Feb 23rd, 2012 at 5:12pm
cheers john that was just what i was looking for i have just bought the lap top i am going to try and download expat shield ad have a look at ebay, thanks for all the help i have received

Title: Re: lap top
Post by Smidge on Feb 23rd, 2012 at 9:36pm
John can you use the dongle and sim card for Skype ?

Title: Re: lap top
Post by John on Feb 24th, 2012 at 6:47pm

wrote on Feb 23rd, 2012 at 9:36pm:
John can you use the dongle and sim card for Skype ?


Hi Smidge,
I'm afraid I don't know the answer to this. I've heard of skype but never used it. I know nothing about it other than it's something to do with free internet calls.
John.

Title: Re: lap top
Post by Bigyin on Feb 25th, 2012 at 12:34am
If you have an internet connection you can use Skype.

Title: Re: lap top
Post by Smidge on Feb 25th, 2012 at 8:19pm
Hi John.
You should look up Skype it can save you a lot of money. I sometimes spend an hour or more talking to and seeing my family on the other side of the world  free of charge.

Title: Re: lap top
Post by robo on Feb 25th, 2012 at 9:03pm
i have registered for skype but as yet not used it,do not know how it works as yet

Title: Re: lap top
Post by Bigyin on Feb 25th, 2012 at 10:47pm
Do you want some help with trying it out ?  If so, send me your user name and I'll send you a contact request.

Title: Re: lap top
Post by Smidge on Feb 29th, 2012 at 5:28pm
Hi Robo! did you get your Skype working?

Title: Re: lap top
Post by robo on Feb 29th, 2012 at 7:47pm
yes got the skype working great, got all the family including grand kids registered will be great when we are in spain, up to know we have been texing them now we will be able to talk that is once we get an internet connection sorted

Title: Re: lap top
Post by Smidge on Mar 15th, 2012 at 9:22pm
Nigel, is the non resident internet connection from Eurona @ 12 Euro a month via a mobile dongle or via a specific connection to the house ?

Title: Re: lap top
Post by Nigel on Mar 16th, 2012 at 7:35am
It's an installation in the house, not a dongle.  There is also the option of having a telephone service with it, again on a non-contract basis.

Nigel

Title: Re: lap top
Post by robo on Mar 16th, 2012 at 2:30pm
i finished up with a o2 dongle 30 euros and 3.5 euros per day if you do not log onto the internet you do not pay,works skype no problem not the fastest connection but works for me

Title: Re: lap top
Post by Smidge on Mar 16th, 2012 at 6:13pm
Hi Robo, Did you get the dongle in Spain? How much did it cost?  Thanks for the info Nigel I need the mobile as I will be  travelling around for a bit.

Title: Re: lap top
Post by robo on Mar 16th, 2012 at 7:09pm
yes i bought it in spain,the cost is on my last post, you will need your passport and an address

Title: Re: lap top
Post by Smidge on Mar 17th, 2012 at 8:09pm
Thanks! I missed the 30 euro bit in your post.

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Post by john_and_angela on Mar 19th, 2012 at 12:54pm
Hi we bought a dongle for our laptop in Carrefour - it was 29 euros I think. It costs one euro per day - we have found lit very good! We tried Orange but it was 3.50 per day!

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Post by robo on Mar 19th, 2012 at 1:39pm
hi what make is the dongle

Title: Re: lap top
Post by john_and_angela on Mar 19th, 2012 at 2:36pm
It is carrefour's own but we have discovered it rides on the back of Orange!

Title: Re: lap top
Post by john_and_angela on Mar 19th, 2012 at 2:39pm
You only pay for one day at a time and the top up lasts 3 months. You top it up like a mobile phone. It's perfect for us and for those who are only out for a week or two at a time. Your time runs from midnight to midnight.

Title: Re: lap top
Post by robo on Mar 19th, 2012 at 6:34pm
sorry to be a pain but where is carrefors and have you tried skype with it

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Post by john_and_angela on Mar 19th, 2012 at 9:48pm
There is a Carrefour in Amposta and one in Tarragona. We got ours in Tarragona at the mobile phone desk. We don't have great reception so we haven't tried Skype- its great for emails and browsing the Internet though.

Title: Re: lap top
Post by philmountains on Mar 19th, 2012 at 11:25pm
Hi I have just been given a dongle on the Vodafone pay as you go contract from a friend at work, anyone use vodafone dongles in the area if so what,s signal strength like ? he has just today got a new one from the car phone warehouse for £19.00 and this included £15.00 in credit !!!! and I was always under the illusion that that it would far too expensive for me to go down this route :D

Title: Re: lap top
Post by PlanesPete on Mar 20th, 2012 at 8:40pm
Here's an alternative. I use an HTC mobile phone with a Simyo SIM card. This gives me my phone calls at a really cheap rate and 650Gig of data each month. You just have to use €7 a month on calls. There are other options available. The HTC phone acts as a wireless router so we can all use our laptops at the same time. If the signal is strong, and it usually is then we get about 2Mb speed which is lower broadband speeds. It's great if you travel around and want internet anywhere.
See http://Simyo.es

Title: Re: lap top
Post by robo on Mar 21st, 2012 at 8:59am
i am not impressed with this 02 dongle its not cheap and keeps losing the connection problem is i do not want a contract that i have to pay when i am not in spain

Title: Re: lap top
Post by patang on Mar 21st, 2012 at 11:04am
I have the same problem, it is a lot to pay for 12 months for only 3 months use, but what is the alternative when we do not have any internet service where we are, other than satelite service.

Title: Re: lap top
Post by robo on Mar 30th, 2012 at 12:24pm
i decided 3.5 euros a day for the 02 dongle was a bit to dear i worked but not great so i decided to get one from carrefours at 1 euro a day as it runs on the back of 02 i did not think i would have a problem, after 4 days of use i have just about had enough of it 2 empty bean cans and a piece of string would work far better , it starts of slow then slows down you can fall asleep waiting for things to down load, there must be an answer with out getting into paying when i am back in england, i do not mind paying 30 to 40 euros a month when i am here

Title: Re: lap top
Post by Smidge on Mar 30th, 2012 at 10:20pm
I was going to buy one of those CF dongles next week but I am a bit confused now, anybody got any advice?

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