[ubuntu-uk] Free Dell Mini 9
rob at esdelle.co.uk
Wed Sep 24 10:26:27 BST 2008
Bruce Beardall wrote:
> Vodafone is planning to offer the Dell Mini 9 for free with a mobile
> broadband contract.
> You can pre-register your interest here:
Is that running Ubuntu or Windows XP though?
You might find that some of these newer sticks aren't supported by Linux.
> While on the subject - does anyone have any feedback on mobile broadband
> in the UK? We're moving in November and I'd like to get rid of my
> landline altogether, replacing it with mobile broadband. Currently, I'm
> thinking of 3 since they offer 7Gb for £25 per month without a contract.
> However, if Vodafone's mobile broadband is really that good, I might
> consider the above offer (since I also want to get a netbook).
> Any ideas?
I would seriously check coverage before you ditch the broadband. If you
get good coverage then great, if you don't, well it'll be as much use at
home as a chocolate teapot (as a friend of mine found out, he got a 3
mobile broadband modem on contract at £35 a month with a seriously
underspec'd HP laptop running Vista and found he couldn't get any 3G
reception at home and he's stuck now for 18 months).
When I have used 3's mobile broadband I found it to be average. You'd
probably be hard pushed to get over 3Mbit/sec unless you live in a
really good coverage area and it's usually large cities and towns which
get the better coverage.
Personally I now wouldn't touch Three with a 10 foot barge pole. I've
found their customer service to be very poor. I purchased a Skype phone
last week and it died after 3 days. They refused to give me a refund or
direct replacement until I reminded them that the phone wasn't fit for
it's purpose (it wouldn't turn on!). I eventually got a refund from
them and decided to change networks (they said the repair would take 5
You might want to have a look at T-Mobile. I believe they have a deal
for about £20 a month which gives unlimited usage (3GB fair usage
contract, but as far as I know it's not set in stone).
What I will do when I do get a 3 broadband modem is get one of the cheap
3 modems from eBay and get it unlocked and use a different network
(T-Mobile again have a £2 a day service, just pay the £2 when you want
to use it which for me would be ideal is I wouldn't use the service when
I'm at home). You can get instructions on how to unlock the E220 modems
(the £50 soap on a rope looking 3 modem) here:
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