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Old 12-05-2009, 22:13   #1
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FREE "Three" USB Mobile Broadband Dongle (£4.95 p&p) **Easily Unlocked**

Three (the 3G mobile network) are giving away FREE USB Mobile Broadband Dongles, all you have to pay is £4.95 P&P then pay for your top-ups. Partner this with the £5/month unlimited internet you can use with this (choose "Internet on my handset" instead of "Mobile Broadband" when converting your credit into an add-on) and you have a wicked deal.

The deal has changed slightly now, it's £9.99 for the dongle including postage plus you get 5 free MP3 albums of your choice from Datz.com. Still half price which is good and if you are after a couple of albums it's still a bargain.

To get one, you must visit their partner site:

http://www.3dongle4free.co.uk/ (Only seems to work in IE)

You will then get an email with a coupon code allowing you to order.

It does look dodgy but a quick Google suggests this is totally legit (and MSE reporting on it usually means it's OK).

I've gone for one, for a fiver it can't be sniffed at

EDIT: Pocket-Lint article.

* The device will accept MicroSD/MicroSD-HC cards up to 4 gigabytes.
* The device can be unlocked for free with a firmware update. Package here. Be sure to read the info in the .RAR file. You will lose the 3 dashboard by using this update!!
* Guide to installing 3-branded dash for unlocked devices.
* Added OpenDNS Name Servers to optional NetConfig.ini file.
* Edited again as deal has reverted to original one (free dongle/£4.95 p&p)

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Old 12-05-2009, 23:07   #2
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Thanks!

Can you explain the £5/month thing please?
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Old 13-05-2009, 06:53   #3
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You pay a fiver and then spend the next three hours waving the laptop round in a desperate attempt to pick up a signal. Then when you actually manage to get a single bar you get flashbacks to your 28k modem days. Then finally, you ring up to get some technical support to solve the problem only to curse yourself as you only have £52 in credit left on your phone.
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Old 13-05-2009, 07:04   #4
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Seen this on MSE the other day and thought about buying one!
Found out the next day about all the security issues attached to the site.....it has no padlock at the top of the screen.
Decided not to bother as it seemed too iffy.
Yes, I know that people have received them but then, £4.95 does seem a good price for your credit card details.
Just my opinion though......it might be legit!

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Old 13-05-2009, 09:20   #5
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Well...gonna give it a calculated miss then!
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Old 13-05-2009, 09:33   #6
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The payment frame is within a secure environment, the main site is not. Proceed to the checkout then right click and select properties over the payment form, it is clearly a https: site;

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Protocol: HyperText Transfer Protocol with Privacy
Connection: TLS 1.0, RC4 with 128 bit encryption (High); RSA with 2048 bit exchange
Address: https://www.micro-p.com/sales/slsCommerceOrderPaymentProtx.aspx
EDIT: They also use the Verified by Visa/MasterCard SecureCode too so if it shows your VbV/MSC username you know it is safe.
EDIT2: The Pocket-Lint link above has somebody who called the company (based in Accrington so if they cock up I can go and stamp my feet in their office ). Also mentions there was a brief period when there was no security BUT it appears this is down to people not understanding that a whole site doesn't need to reside under an SSL certificate for it to be secure (as is the case here, the payment frame is served up via their secure server).

Anyways, totally up to individual if they trust it or not. My order has been placed and I eagerly await delivery.

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Old 13-05-2009, 09:39   #7
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You pay a fiver and then spend the next three hours waving the laptop round in a desperate attempt to pick up a signal. Then when you actually manage to get a single bar you get flashbacks to your 28k modem days. Then finally, you ring up to get some technical support to solve the problem only to curse yourself as you only have £52 in credit left on your phone.
Depending upon where you live of course. Where I use it (North/East Lancashire) the coverage is fine.

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Can you explain the £5/month thing please?
When you "top-up" the SIM, the money sits in your account until you spend it (either on calls or texts but in the case of this dongle mobile broadband). There are options for "Mobile Broadband" which costs from £10/month for 1gb BUT there are options for daily/weekly/monthly internet on your handset which you can "buy". Even though you are using a dongle it will let you pay the fiver and get a month of internet with no restrictions. I used mine whilst in hospital to watch SlingBox for a fortnight, dread to think how much I used
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Old 13-05-2009, 09:59   #8
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Bare in mind the username / password / address are being passed in the clear. Only the credit card details are going in the encrypted window.

You can replace the http with https - you get a certificate for the parent company (A shiny EV cert with 2048bit RSA), so looks like they haven't got enough IP's / don't want to pay for a new cert. (But the details will still be passed encrypted)
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gotta be worth a punt, i never have no money for anyone to scam anyhow!
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OK it is possible to order completely via HTTPS:

Open the link in the original post
Click on the "Get Started Here" button
Replace the http:// with https://
Replace 3dongle4free.co.uk with micro-p.com
Register then get the coupon code from your email then log in using the steps above.

You will then be inside Micro-P's secure environment. The session ID's are interchangeable between the two domains so once the insecure domain issues you with a session ID, you can use it on the secure domain using the "Three" branded checkout.

It looks like they have arranged to partner this with Three without securing their new domain which points straight at their main domain (www.micro-p.com).

EDIT: These can also be unlocked for around €15 so you get a fully unlocked dongle for less than £20.

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I just want mobile broadband for a couple of weeks a year and the odd weekend away... and then quite low usage. Is this a good solution for that or is there something better?

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I just want mobile broadband for a couple of weeks a year and the odd weekend away... and then quite low usage. Is this a good solution for that or is there something better?

Cheers ;o)
It's ideal if there is coverage in the area. Using the details above, you can get;

1 day for 50p
1 week for £2.50
1 month for £5

See here.

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I've got a three sim with the £5 unlimited bolton - could I just stick this sim in the dongle?

Also, anyone know if they're usable with an Asus EEE?
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Yes, the SIM will work in one of these dongles.

As for the EEE - looks easy enough.
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Thanks for the reply ;o)

Sooo.. how do I get a SIM to use with the 50p a day, £2.50 a week etc tariff?

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So if i get one of these i then have to get a pay-as-you-go sim which inserts into the dongle? Also can you use this abroad?
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So if i get one of these i then have to get a pay-as-you-go sim which inserts into the dongle? Also can you use this abroad?
I understand SIM is included.
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You will receive a SIM with the modem. Register on Three's site, add a card, top-up your account (£10 minimum) then purchase the Internet Daily/Weekly/Monthly bundle NOT the Mobile Broadband bundle (see above). ALL bundles expire after 30 days.

Their main adverts show a 1gb limit on these packages but it is "fair use" - as I said, I hammered it previously and it didn't cost me more than a fiver.

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