[ubuntu-uk] Free Dell Mini 9
matt at mattjones.me.uk
Wed Sep 24 14:59:45 BST 2008
On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 10:51 AM, Bruce Beardall <bruce72 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for the feedback. I will have another look at the offers. Coverage
> is good for all networks where I am (and we're not moving far) so I'll
> re-consider T-Mobile. In truth, I didn't realise they were that flexible
> with their limit.
> As for the Vodafone Mini 9, I've no idea what OS it's going to be running.
> On Wed, Sep 24, 2008 at 10:26 AM, Rob Beard <rob at esdelle.co.uk> wrote:
>> 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:
>> ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com
> ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com
> The mini 9 on vodafone is running XP, It was in one of their in store
leaflets. I am currently using the PAYG broadband from 3, which I have found
to be very good and pretty speedy over much of the country. It seems to be
on a par with my home ADSL, Although in ADSL terms its pretty slow. I am
looking at moving my phone to 3 as well, so I can use that instead of the
AFAIK, the modems aren't 'locked' as such, its just the software that the
Phone company has on the device, which is held in a small flash drive, is
only usuable on their network. By using alternative software, you may be
able to use other SIM cards.
*Above statement may not be accurate, but I remember reading something about
it a while back.
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