For the masses out there who have brought 3G USB Modems (or as some call then “Dongles”), it’s time for some sobering advice regarding them.
William Harrison signed up for a 3GB/month Contract with Orange UK for a Mobile Data Plan – so he would have access to the Internet whilst on the move and during his internship in Paris.
Now if was using his dongle in the UK,& 3GB would be plenty for surfing or Skype’ing. However, the moment you pass beyond the borders of the UK – International Roaming rules apply.
This lead to one small problem – a first month bill of £6101.56. William contacted Orange UK to block the dongle, which he did successfully – after racking up another charge of £1547.21 – taking his bill to £7648.77
I repeat in large letters:
that’s about 2.5GB of data!
That’s painful in ANY Currency. Orange has agreed to halve William Harrison’s bill, and has allowed two years for the debt to be repaid. That’s still a lot of dough in anyone’s book
Remember that EU roaming charges can vary, and can be expensive depending on the provider.
£3.00 – Orange UK
£3.00 – O2 UK
£1.50 – T-Mobile UK
£1.25 – Three
£5.00 – Virgin Media
£10.00 – Vodafone UK (per 50MB, charged per part)
These are EU Prices. Going out of the EU and you can double these prices without sneezing.
SO A WARNING: Unless your contract has provision or an agreement for out of country roaming, expect data bills to be BIG. It’ll work out cheaper to find a WiFi HotSpot than to use the dongle. An alternative (which IS viable in the EU mainly) is to pick up a dongle and a Pay-As-You-Go plan when you arrive at your destination.