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wainuiomata

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#191169 26-Jan-2016 17:00
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Hi all. I was looking at purchasing a WiFi hotspot to enable me to use a local data SIM to provide cheap data while travelling in Europe for my S5. It suddenly dawned on me that I have a Galaxy Mini (S-5570 from memory) sitting in the draw that is never used these days.

 

Am I correct in assuming that I can just purchase a local data SIM, pop it into this and use it as a hotspot. This seems to be a very simple and easy way of doing it. It almost seems to easy. What am I missing here?


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  #1479180 26-Jan-2016 17:14
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Yes if your Android phone is not network locked, supports the network frequencies/bands and the sim you pick up allows tethering.

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  #1479181 26-Jan-2016 17:15
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Ive found the battery life on a phone doing hotspot to be way worse than a dedicated hotspot device, so you may want to take a couple of powerbanks with you too.





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  #1479250 26-Jan-2016 18:23
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using a phone that provides a hotspot function if you have one spare is much better than using one of those portable wifi units.  Sux to run out of credit and have to navigate a website or phone up on another device to get going again, or miss the txt notification that you're about to run out of data, forget the hotspot password (cause you were a smart Bill and changed the default password (Bill is smart, Be like Bill)) so you have to factory reset it when it's been living in a draw for 6 months ...

 

I did this with an old nokia n95 a year ago. crack up that what was once an $1100+ phone is now relegated to such a service, but being a nokia it's trusty and faultless.


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#1479729 27-Jan-2016 11:24
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Thanks everyone for the info. I have a couple of unlocked phones that I can use, so it looks like their shouldn't be any problems. By their very nature I would have thought most prepay data sims would be OK for tethering. Does this tend to be the case?

 

I have an S3 on the Three network, so I will be OK there. I can't tether with the Three phone when roaming. Just thought it would be good to be able to supply data to the S5 when driving around in the car.


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  #1479731 27-Jan-2016 11:28
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Why not get a sim for your actual phone rather than carry two phones around? Unless of course you need to be contactable on your NZ phone number...


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  #1479735 27-Jan-2016 11:30
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I wanted to be able to keep my NZ number at the same time. 


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  #1479739 27-Jan-2016 11:33
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wainuiomata:

I wanted to be able to keep my NZ number at the same time. 



The other option is put your NZ SIM in any other phone just for receiving calls and SMS, then the local SIM goes in your main phone for hassle free data use.

 
 
 
 


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  #1479744 27-Jan-2016 11:45
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Just remember phones running as a hotspot get very hot and (as already pointed out) chew through battery.

 

I have a Huawei E5220 and use if often when Im on site at customers. I usually get 4-5 hours continuous running before I need a recharge (and that is with 2 clients connected - ie phone & notebook).

 

PS I bought my E5220 from Cash Converters for ~$20 and got a new battery off Trademe for ~$15.


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  #1479865 27-Jan-2016 14:06
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Buy a USB power bank battery - can't recommend them highly enough especially for travel

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  #1479939 27-Jan-2016 16:05
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Have a large capacity power bank and have used it often. Don't have to use it much now with the S5, but with the S3 I used it all the time as the battery life was only half that of the S3.

 

 

 

I like the option of putting my 2 degree SIM in another phone and using the S5 with my three SIM. Have a cheap Nokia with a battery life of about a month. May use that.


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