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Topic # 224216 8-Nov-2017 01:38
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Okay a bit of a noob question. I have seen those vodem and wifi sticks that you plug into your laptop and get wifi/access to the internetz. I plan to go camping a bit and also end up visiting older friends who dont really have any wifi around. So I often pack my laptop with me where I go and all, not a big user of smart phones. I really rely on my laptop to check my emails and most things. So in such cases, whats the method you use to get one of them sticks or what have you?




I read on the right phones (android) you can turn it into a modem and use that to connect your laptop with and go online, saves buying a vodem every once a while? and whats the deal with the small usb sticks that allow internet without any land lines? I was reading up a bit but got confused.




Also what are some prepaid options that are not overpriced? Do all of them expire by the end of the month? or is there something where I can buy lets say x GB of Data, and take my wifi data stick with my laptop bag everywhere and connect and be online? data that lasts till I use it, much like prepaid mobile.






Needing some detailed info please. :)





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  Reply # 1897254 8-Nov-2017 06:44
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Using your phone as a connection to the internet is called "tethering"

It's the most common practice for what you're trying to achieve.

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  Reply # 1897258 8-Nov-2017 07:14
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To use your phone for tethering, so that you can access the internet on your laptop via the phone's data connection: On your phone, go to 'wireless and networks' (or equivalent) in 'Settings'. Tap on 'tethering or portable hotspot' (or equivalent) then tap on 'Portable Wi-Fi hotspot' - then turn the hotspot on.


Then open 'Networks' on your laptop and you should see something like 'phone hotspot' - click on that and you're set to go. You may need to enter an auto-generated code on one or other device.


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  Reply # 1897309 8-Nov-2017 08:37
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Do you have an Android phone at the moment ? If yes, then easy, enable hotspot/tethering and top up your phone account some data and away you go.


If not, then could look at Vodafone Pocket Wifi unit - you throw a SIM into it with data topped up, and turn it on when you need it - you then connect to it using your laptop wifi. Great thing about these is that you can have multiple users quite happily.

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  Reply # 1897311 8-Nov-2017 08:41
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Just make sure you have plenty of Data on your phone plan if you are going to use tethering.


I'd suggest taking your laptop and your phone into a 2Degrees/Vodafone/Spark store (depending on who your provider is) and they will be able to show you and ensure you have enough data.


You laptop will chew up more data than your phone does.

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  Reply # 1897864 8-Nov-2017 21:34
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Watch out that if you are "tethering" through your phone there could be heavy usage of mobile data, and your mobile plan might suddenly become quite expensive.

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  Reply # 1897874 8-Nov-2017 22:02
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Alright, so I think i will buy a pocket wifi device like the vodafone device, I see few second hand ones on trademe, but are they locked to vodafone only or can I use this in europe as well by poping in a european sim?? What are some well priced devices I can buy instead that will work the same and I can travel the world with? And do they have some kind of wall charger?


Which NZ networks have the best data plans best suited for value and use ability? eg. I see some plans where you buy x gb of data but after 30 days if you haven't use it up, you cant use that data/data expires and you gotta buy again. That dont sound right. Is there something where I can buy it and use it and keep it for a year or something? Or maybe a plan where the data is cheap that it works out alright for a few GB's? I wont use it all the time just once a while?




I have a nokia phone that symbian belle, but plan to upgrade to a new nokia down the line next year. but dont thing tethering is for me yet.



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  Reply # 1897928 9-Nov-2017 06:28
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If you think about upgrading your phone, then this will have some cost synergies with not having to buy and maintain a second sim/plan/device to allow you to get online. 


Im sure a local 'store' will be happy for you to test out tethering instore. 





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  Reply # 1901376 15-Nov-2017 16:22
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Be sure to turn windows updates off or you'll go through a truckload of data.

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woollettg: Be sure to turn windows updates off or you'll go through a truckload of data.


Setting the connection to be metered is a much better way of handling this. Disabling windows updates is just a terrible idea.

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  Reply # 1903063 16-Nov-2017 23:09
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Watch out that if you are "tethering" through your phone there could be heavy usage of mobile data, and your mobile plan might suddenly become quite expensive.



On Skinny if you run out of data you don't fall onto ridiculous expensive casual rates. It stops until YOU decide what you want to do.

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