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Topic # 109835 27-Sep-2012 14:23
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From time to time I use my HTC Wildfire S to provide connectivity for my laptop in NZ.

I'm going to Aussie and don't want to pay for data roaming so I was thinking to buy a local dongle+sim and stick it in the laptop.

Then I thought I could just buy a sim and stick it in the phone and do the hotspot thing (on the basis it would save me having to buy a dongle I wouldn't normally use).

Is this a good idea ?

If yes - who's good to buy a sim from ? Will be in southern queensland if that matters. Volumes won't be enormous (bit of console/surfing/rd'ing - not watching videos)

If it's not a good idea who should I buy a dongle+sim from ?

FWIW the spec for the phone is :

HSDPA/WCDMA (850/2100Mhz)
GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900Mhz)

Thanks

R.


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  Reply # 692568 28-Sep-2012 01:24
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I don't see how it isn't a good idea!

Your wildfire S is probably telecom sourced. The specs back this up.
Which is great because it means its an exact match for Telstra NextG which is known to be the best network for speeds and coverage in aussie.

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  Reply # 692586 28-Sep-2012 04:27
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I was over there last year and the Optus prepaid sim I used on my iphone had the wireless hotspot feature disabled.



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  Reply # 692758 28-Sep-2012 09:55
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@exDee : Thanks good to have a network recommendation, I wasn't sure which was best.

@riahon : OK thanks for warning. I will check before I buy (might take phone and laptop to shop and test it onsite !)

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